TOUR TESTIMONIALS

Red-necked Aracaris as seen in our tours

For Braulio,

This quick message is to thank you for all your guiding expertise during our trip in November 2000; you did a superb job, and I was delighted to be with you. I had no idea we were getting as knowledgeable a leader as you certainly are!. I certainly hope we can do something like it again, soon.

Dr. Robert S. Ridgely, Author of "The Birds of South America Vol. I and II" and "A Guide to the Birds of Panama", Senior Research Ornithologist at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

ridgely@say. acnatsci.org

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My wife and I, Claudine and Barry Jaggers, are very pleased to deliver this testimonial.

We had met Braulio A. Carlos on Internet after a trip with a group of Dutch birders had collapsed. We were immediately impressed by the seriousness of his approach in his written communications – and by his very reasonable prices. We spent 7 nights with him in the Pantanal in mid-July 2010 and saw around 180 species of birds there, including our special targets, such as Sunbittern and Sungrebe. We also saw tapir, small anteater (Southern Tamandua), several families of giant otters, crab-eating fox and, one memorable morning on the Piquiri River, a female jaguar resting on the beach and, just after lunch, a male on another beach close by.

We then made the long grind to Emas N.P., spending 4 nights in Chapadao do Ceu, and seeing 110 species, many of them new for the trip. It was close to the Park that we twice saw the legendary Maned wolf, one at a distance of 2/3 metres. Inside the Park we saw 2 crab-eating foxes, a hairy armadillo and a hoary fox, while in an entirely different location we followed the peregrinations of a giant anteater for a long moment.

It was then time to move to Chapada dos Guimaraes for a final 2 days, where we identified 75 species in less than a day and a half, many of them lifers.

Carlos is an extremely attentive guide, who made sure that we both saw everything; his knowledge of bird calls and habits is exhaustive and, needless to add, he spots everything! He has an acute sense of organization and has gone as far as to construct a special 4-tiered safari jeep so that when birding along the road, we were about 2 metres higher than if we’d been walking. Carlos himself was a little higher, occasionally clambering onto the roof for a better view!

As the discoverer of the Cone-billed Tanager (seen twice by us), he has an intimate knowledge of Emas NP, but he spends even more time in the Pantanal, where again, his knowledge is unrivalled. We were also impressed but his feeling for mammals, some of which he literally smelt out from inside our car!

In summary, our 2 weeks with Carlos far exceeded our expectations and we would gladly venture on another trip with him, in the cerrado and Pantanal or elsewhere. We warmly recommend his services to other birders.

Barry & Claudine Jaggers Tour "Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal & Cerrado"

BJaggers@aol.com

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We had the most fabulous time on our trip to Brazil...thanks to you. We saw some awesome birds, great mammals and reptiles, and had a wonderful time. The weather was great, the accommodations were very good and we loved the Brazilian people. But, most of all, we had two of the best guides we've ever had. German Pugnali was wonderful in Argentina, and Giuliano Bernardon was perfect for us in Brazil. He was very patient with us, but he also knows his birds and where to find them. In addition to finding the birds and animals, he was a wonderful photo expert and helped us all with taking photos. Our driver, Claudio, is a gem. He's a great driver, but he's also a great spotter! Both Claudio and Giuliano have such easy going personalities, they must get along with everyone. We all had a lot of fun together. Our long drives (over 2,450 Kms) were a bit tiresome, but they gave us a chance to view the lovely countryside...and we stopped to see interesting birds or animals. Our stops were perfectly timed for toilet or meals, and we found all the facilities to be clean. We did a lot in two weeks...almost 350 species of birds...3 Giant Anteaters, 2 Maned Wolves...it can't get much better than that! Thank you so very much for putting together a terrific trip. We have already decided that we will be back, as Giuliano wants to take us to Cristalino Reserve.

Janet & John Baker, USA Tour Iguazu falls, Pantanal, Emas NP & Chapada dos Guimarães NP, October 2006

baker962@snet.net

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I'm just back from 2 1/2 weeks in Mato Grosso state of Brasil. I saw the state from the far north (Alta Floresta and Cristalino Jungle Lodge) where all but a small patch of forest is GONE, but the area that is left is AMAZING with rich birding and wildlife), to the far south. The Pantanal is the "Serengeti of South America" and is stunning with giant river otters and wildlife REALLY easy to view. Emas National Park is so remote that it gets only about 150 foreign visitors per year, but is the ONLY savannah/scrubland area left in Mato Grosso! This tiny park is a JEWEL and I saw maned wolves 3 times and giant anteaters 7 times, plus LOTS more. In 2 1/2 weeks I saw more than 400 new species of birds! I LOVED my visit to the state of Mato Grosso and would recommend this trip HIGHLY to anyone who likes nature and wildlife! They have great information on the internet and run tours every week and will go with even one person!) My guide was Braulio Carlos, but I'm sure their other guides are good as well. Their prices are much better than if you go through a company originating in the U.S.

Jenny Bowman, Music teacher, Dublin City Schools

bowman_jenny@mail.dublin.k12.oh.us

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Dear Braulio,

After our long trip from Cristalino lodge we are back home in France. We came back finally with a 587 species list from Brazil, which is large enough for make us very happy, especially because we observed a lot of special birds, a lot of interesting behaviours (nesting, feeding....) and also, thanks especially to you, a lot of endemic or rare birds. You really made our (short) week in Atlantic forests a very interesting experience, amazing by your birdwatching skills, even in the wet days in Uba-chuva. Special thanks also for the specialists of Mauritia Palms in the very last hours of our trips. Best regards to you and your family

Francine Brondex - Commenville & Pierre Commenville 5 rue saint Sébastien 06440 L'escarène FRANCE tél/fax: 00 33 (0)4 93 91 43 15

francine.brondex@wanadoo.fr

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In November/December 2005 we went with you to the Pantanal, Alta Floresta and Cristalino, Chapada dos Guimares NP, Emas NP, Itatiaia and the Atlantic Forest. It is difficult to point out highlights, but as a raptor enthusiast, I think the excellent views we had at close range of a pair of Harpy Eagles courting and copulating is one of my very best birding experiences. We also had an excellent, but distant sighting of a perched Black and White Hawk Eagle. We saw 30 species of diurnal raptors and 6 species of owls and heard 6 more. We saw 29 species of parrots, including 8 macaws, 7 species of chacalacas, curassows and guans and 521 bird species seen, with another 40 heard only. Nancy was especially impressed with the hummingbirds and tanagers at Jonas’ nature preserve near Ubatuba and the night rides on Cristalino River and on the road to Emas. We were among the few people in the world to see the Cone-billed Tanager, a species known from only a single specimen in 1938 and rediscovered by you in 2003. Also noteworthy were the excellent looks (and a photo) we got of a new, yet unnamed species of Marsh Antwren. In all, you planned and guided an unforgetable trip. You are an outstanding guide, a superb driver on mud-slick roads, and a great traveling companion. Your expertise in finding birds and showing them to us with your laser pointer, mirror and Zeiss spotting scope was exceptional. We have been on birding tours to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Spain, Finland, France, Holland, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Yours was the best and the most enjoyable.

Helmut C. Mueller Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nancy S. Mueller Professor of Biology North Carolina Central University, Durham

hmuelle@earthlink.net

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The more that I think about the tour, the more I smile. It was a sincere pleasure and privilege to be in your company, both personally and professionally, for that six day period from December 21 to 26, 2003. Your choice of locales with their selected resorts and hotels reflects your care for the comfort of your guests and clients. You are amazing and epitomize the ultimate focus and skills of a top bird tour leader. Your understanding of the countryside, combined with the abundant knowledge of the birds, is truly amazing. You were able to see, hear and identify the numerous birdlife in a "now" period of time- even before I was even able to see the bird. The decision to also record the songs and calls complements your knowledge and provides you with recordings to attract birds for yourself and others. That strategy was a definite benefit for me. What is truly unbelievable is that you have mastered and excelled in the art and science of birding only in the past eight years, the time period since you began your serious involvement in this hobby. Most U.S. bird tour leaders take many more years, if ever, to reach that status in identification- and we only have about 800 species in the ABA area, compared to Brazil's 1800 species. Please feel free to use my name and address for others considering a tour with you. I do look forward to your anticipated trip to the U.S., and specifically, California in the near future. Best wishes for the continued success to you and the Pantanal Bird Club. Thank you!

Irwin Woldman Grubb & Ellis Company, Hospitality Specialist

15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 1800 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 Tel. 818.332.2056 Fax. 818.788.6219

Irwin.Woldman@Grubb-Ellis.com

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"...We used three local guides on the tour, and all performed wonders in terms of locating birds, especially by call. Credit to Miguel Castelino and Braulio Carlos. I experienced my best day's birding ever and this was certainly the best birding trip I have ever been on - we ended with a final tally of 450 species. If you get the chance to visit, grasp it with both hands, and make sure you get there before it's too late..."

Simon Papps, staff writer, BIRDWATCH Magazine; Issue 126, December 2002, England.

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Great expectations for namebrand birds and mammals is what we all had when we arrived in Brazil. Braulio, you produced in numbers, species, and experiences even more than we imagined. We can't decide which was more breath-taking: the jaguar who came when called, the TWO zigzag herons on the same afternoon, the giant river otters cavorting around and under the boat, the common potoos vocalizing, the glimpse of your newly discovered neon- yellow frog, the pink sunrise with the pink river dolphin gently surfacing all around us, or the magnificent bright orange Guianian cock of the rock. An unforgettable trip to four women who all came with different checklists. Thanks for showing us the colors and grandeur of Brazil in its flora and fauna.

Elaine Stonecypher,, Columbia, SC, USA; Joan King, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Eugenia Carey, Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Nan Cole, London, England.

stonecyphere@midlandstech.com

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We highly recommend the Pantanal Bird Club. They handled all our requests by email, even arranging a hotel in Chapada when we were there before their trip began. They also reserved a rental car for us. We can't recommend Braulio Carlos too highly. He was great. Not only was he very knowledgeable about the birds, but also knew a lot about the plants and animals. He was energetic, loves nightbirds, and has a good sense of humor. He took care of any problem that came up quickly and efficiently.

Ron Hoff

dollyron95@aol.com

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Dear Braulio,

We want to thank you for your excellent guiding in the Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimaraes. Even though we are complete novices at birding, you made the trip fascinating and educational beyond words. By the time the tour was over, we learned so much from you that we look forward to a lifetime of observing animals and their habitats in a whole new way. In addition, your company as a travel companion was thoroughly enjoyable. Your command of English is such that we never had to struggle to communicate, which we greatly appreciated after travelling for a month in northern Brazil. We will recommend you as often as we can!

Yours truly,

Annie Ballard & Rich Audino, Brooklyn, NY

wildmotor@earthlink.net

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Jaguar (Panthera onca palustris)photographed by Diane Bowes in our Pantanal & Chapada tour December 2000To Braulio,

With thanks for all the good birds, the laughs, the knowledge and of course the Jaguar!

Brazil is a wonderful country and you made it very special!

Major & Diane Bowes, U.S.A

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Dear Braulio,

Let me say that our trip was one of the best, if not the best, birding trip I’ve ever taken. You are a very good leader.

I think the intensity was just right. We worked hard to get good birds, but we spent time studying them too. It will be hard to beat a trip list that included Hyacinth Macaw, Harpy Eagle and Agami Heron, not to overlook such specialties as Bare-eyed Antbird, Black-girdled Barbet and a pair of Horned Sungems in the Chapada.

Patricia O'Neill

252 Thacher St.

Milton, MA 02186-3220

poneill@cpcs1.cpc.state.ma.us

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Dear Braulio,

Thank you very much for a magnificent tour of the Pantanal. I have to say that it was the best wildlife tour that I have ever taken part in. Your knowledge of the ecology, biology, hydrology, geology,and animal behavior and identification was most impressive. Spending five days with you in the field was like taking a graduate course in wetlands wildlife ecology.

From my notes, I count 178 species of birds, 11 species of mammals and four species of reptiles, not bad for 4.5 days. I most enjoyed seeing the giant river otters at 5 meters distance and seeing ocelots on 2 occasions.

In addition to the wildlife, I truly appreciated your efforts to make me feel welcome and comfortable and the care that you took to see that everyone in our group got what they wanted from the experience.

Jeffry Gottfried, Ph.D.

Vice President, Science Education

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Ave.

Portland, Oregon 97214

Jeff.Gottfried@omsi.edu

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Dear Braulio,

I was very pleased with my trip to the Pantanal and Alta Floresta in August of 1999. It was a well designed and executed tour of a fascinating region of your country.

As I told you when we first communicated, I have considerable foreign travel experience but am somewhat of a beginner to the world of birding. While I have visited portions of South America in the past, this trip was the first one devoted to birding. Given my lack of experience at times I was almost totally overwhelmed by the variety of the avian wildlife. Had it not been for your patience, as well as your birding skills, the trip would have been much less successful.

I would like also to mention that I believe that your location in Cuiaba gives you an advantage that many other birding tours would have a hard time overcoming. This is a part of the world where it is very important to have local knowledge of transportation links, hotel requirements, and all the other variables that go into a successful trip. I was very impressed with the way you were able to handle the often complex 'back office' details.

Please feel free to give my name to any potential client who may want to communicate with someone who has traveled with you.

I wish you all the best in the future,

Peter B. Coburn

Department of History

Massasoit Community College

Massasoit Blvd.

Brockton, MA 02302

pcoburn@massasoit.mass.edu

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I had the great pleasure of travelling with Braulio Carlos in the Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimaraes in October, 1998.  I am an active birder and mammal seeker and spend much of my travel time taking photos of animals. The trip was exceptional for its views of many species of birds as well as mammals.  We had exciting views of King Vulture, Golden-collared Macaw, Blue-crowned Trogon, Blue Finch, many Limpkins and even a Great Black Hawk eating a Marmoset monkey.  For mammals we saw Giant Otters (one was vocalizing with a Sunbittern), tamandua, marsh deer, red mazama and hoary foxes. Overall, it was an excellent trip that I heartily recommend for anyone who is interested in wildlife of this region.  Those interested in birds will be especially rewarded by Braulio's great knowledge and deep interest in ornithology.  It was a fantastic experience!

Andrew C. Holman, CPA

512 N. 50th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53208

USA

aholman@prodigy.net

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The Pantanal Bird Club was an excellent choice for us as American tourists interested in the general biology, conservation, geology, and especially the bird life of the Pantanal and the Chapada dos Guimarães.

Braulio was our guide for 5 days. He spoke English very well. He knew the English names of the birds as well as most of the scientific names. Birds difficult for us to see could be called within viewing range with his bird song recorder/speaker. He knew where to find many rare types and could recognize most of the species inmediately. He had several books along and quickly found the species for us to verify what we were seeing.

We saw much from his car, more from short walks and from boat trips. He had his own list of flora and fauna of the Pantanal, since he has been doing research on his Masters in Ecology and Conservation there. Possibly the highlight of many possible was the excellent viewing of 15 Hyacinthine macaws in 3 groups.

Wilmer J. Miller, PhD

Dept. of Zoology and Genetics

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa 50011-3223 - USA

w_miller@iastate.edu

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Dear Braulio,

We just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful trip, if you wish please use our name as a reference.

Duncan Neuhauser, PhD

School of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4945 - USA

dvn@po.cwru.edu

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Dear Braulio,

Thanks a lot for the fine trip with you in northern Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimarães.

Hans Meltofte, D.Sc.

Dansk Ornitologisk Forening

Danish Polar Center

Strandgade 100H

DK-1401 Copenhagen K

DENMARK

mel@dpc.dk

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Any question or extra information, please contact us at: birdclub@gmail.com

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