We firmly believe that the leaders are the single most important factor in the success of a birdwatching tour. Many qualities are essential in good leaders.
Firstly, they need to be professional in their approach and regard tour leading as a job to be carried out well, and not an opportunity to travel abroad to see birds and pursue their own agenda. They need always to put the group members needs and interests before their own, and we believe this is much more likely to be the approach taken by full-time, professional leaders such ours.
Secondly, they need to be warm, friendly people who enjoy travelling with others, taking care of their needs when necessary and sharing their enthusiasm for birds and the natural world with the group members. A sense of humor is essential so as to engender the right atmosphere into the tour, and also a more than average level of patience so as to be able to deal calmly with any problems should they occur.
Thirdly, they need to be extremely competent ornithologists with a sound knowledge of the birds of the areas being visited, and a wealth of prior field experience in the region concerned. Our leaders have spend many months or years in the regions to which they regularly lead tours.
Finally, they need to be well-organised people, who pay attention to detail and are able to take care of the logistics of the tour in such a way that the group members are unaware of the work going on �behind the scenes� leaving participants free to enjoy a hassle-free holiday.Our leaders are expert birders and naturalists who enjoy sharing birds and nature with others. They work hard, putting in long hours to make sure the tour runs smoothly. And they derive great satisfaction from knowing that, through their efforts, participants have experienced more of the beauty of the natural world. One of their greatest rewards is the knowledge that they have brought pleasure into the lives of others. They love birds and birding. Our leaders conduct their tours with sensitivity and regard for birds and habitats. All of our guides are South Americans with a strong interest in natural history. We believe eco-sensitive tours should use local talent, and leave more of the tour cost in the country visited. All our guides use spotting scopes, tape recording and playback equipment, spotlights for night viewing and the appropriate bird and mammal field guides. They show the country with pride, and have insight into the cultures. They take great pleasure in sharing their knowledge and their wildlife with tour participants. They are also environmentally conscious, and conduct their tours with sensitivity to animals, habitats and local people.
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