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There are several sub-threads of birding here and there while cruising; so starting a more general thread where “all” regions can be included. This thread is in hopes that people will share their experiences of birding while they cruise!

 

There are a few of us out there - let’s join forces, unite, and share information!

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Hello all cruise ship birders. I'm scheduled for a Los Angeles to Buenos Aires cruise 3 Dec 2017 and have hired some local guides. I'll post info here and hopefully my checklists.

Cinda

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There are several sub-threads of birding here and there while cruising; so starting a more general thread where “all” regions can be included. This thread is in hopes that people will share their experiences of birding while they cruise!

 

There are a few of us out there - let’s join forces, unite, and share information!

 

Great idea, Heather! I'll follow the adventures of you and others. We usually cruise the Caribbean and will next sail at the end of October. We have a field trip scheduled on St. Maarten with Binkie van Es, birder and National Geographic photographer, so we're really looking forward to that.

 

 

Dena

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We have booked 11 day Western Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Reflection with Carefree Birding (Ken & Linda) for Jan 29th 2017. This is our 2nd cruise and first time birding south of Florida. Sure we will be overwhelmed with life birds. Birding trip is fully booked but others are available in later 2018 & 19. This will be so handy cuz we are attending SpaceCoast bird festival and then just drive down to Ft Lauderdale for cruise.

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Hello all cruise ship birders. I'm scheduled for a Los Angeles to Buenos Aires cruise 3 Dec 2017 and have hired some local guides. I'll post info here and hopefully my checklists.

Cinda

 

Nice!!! we are doing South America as well in December ---> Buenos Aires to Santiago.

 

We have hired local guides in BA, Punta Del Este, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Montt, and Santiago.

 

Heather

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Nice!!! we are doing South America as well in December ---> Buenos Aires to Santiago.

 

We have hired local guides in BA, Punta Del Este, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Montt, and Santiago.

 

Heather

 

We are sailing from LA 3 Dec - BA 3 January. I checked the schedules to see if we were in port together. Of course, no. We are heading in opposite directs but our paths cross. Looks like it will be "2 ships passing in the night" as we port in Puerto Madryn on the 30th and you port there on the 29th.

 

 

My guides:

Buenos Aires: 1/2/18 -- Diego Gallegos

Ushuaia: 12/26/17 -- Esteban Daniels

Lima: 12/14/17 -- Alejandro Tello

 

Have tours for:

Falkland Islands -- Volunteer Point

Punta Arenas -- Magdalena Island & Penguin Reserve

 

I'm looking for a guide for Valparaiso Chile or Puerto Montt Chile & also Puerto Madryn AR. If you wouldn't mind sharing your guide info for these places, I would appreciate it.

 

Cinda

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We are sailing from LA 3 Dec - BA 3 January. I checked the schedules to see if we were in port together. Of course, no. We are heading in opposite directs but our paths cross. Looks like it will be "2 ships passing in the night" as we port in Puerto Madryn on the 30th and you port there on the 29th.

 

 

My guides:

Buenos Aires: 1/2/18 -- Diego Gallegos

Ushuaia: 12/26/17 -- Esteban Daniels

Lima: 12/14/17 -- Alejandro Tello

 

Have tours for:

Falkland Islands -- Volunteer Point

Punta Arenas -- Magdalena Island & Penguin Reserve

 

I'm looking for a guide for Valparaiso Chile or Puerto Montt Chile & also Puerto Madryn AR. If you wouldn't mind sharing your guide info for these places, I would appreciate it.

 

Cinda

 

Oh what a shame that we are only passing ships in the night!

 

For Puerto Montt - we are using “Birds Chile” and they also offered us a trip from Valparaiso, but we actually went with “Albatross Birding” as they price-matched and are located out of Santiago. For Puerto Montt, we are doing a 6-hour (half-day) “Birds of the Lake District” tour. For Santiago, we are going to El Yeso Valley.

 

I have also been in contact with Esteban (Ushuaia) - but we made plans prior to him contacting me :(

 

for B.A. - we are using “Birding Buenos Aires”.

 

for Punta Arenas, we are also going to Magdalena Island (weather pending!)

 

It’s going to be fantastic as we come back relatively the same time, so we must share our experiences!!!

 

Heather

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Nice!!! we are doing South America as well in December ---> Buenos Aires to Santiago.

 

We have hired local guides in BA, Punta Del Este, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Montt, and Santiago.

 

Heather

 

One last question: Who are you using for for Puerto Madryn?

Cinda

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One last question: Who are you using for for Puerto Madryn?

Cinda

 

Agustin of birdingpuertomadryn.com

 

He does half days and full days - we are doing a full day combination of wildlife and birds.

 

Heather

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There are a few of us out there - let’s join forces, unite, and share information! Love this statement.

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Nice!!! we are doing South America as well in December ---> Buenos Aires to Santiago.

 

We have hired local guides in BA, Punta Del Este, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Montt, and Santiago.

 

Heather

We will be Punta del Este in late February. Having been there before and done a walking tour, this time we would like to have a birding guide for the day. If you wouldn't mind, may I ask who you got for a guide?

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Agustin of birdingpuertomadryn.com

 

He does half days and full days - we are doing a full day combination of wildlife and birds.

 

Heather

Thank you Heather for your help. I was able to to book Augustin in Puerto Madryn and Birds Chile for Puerto Montt. I saw that WINGS offers this Tour/cruise. I'm am going to try my best with Pelagics! Let's keep in touch & exchange bird lists here!

 

Cinda

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Thank you Heather for your help. I was able to to book Augustin in Puerto Madryn and Birds Chile for Puerto Montt. I saw that WINGS offers this Tour/cruise. I'm am going to try my best with Pelagics! Let's keep in touch & exchange bird lists here!

 

Cinda

 

Awesomeness! for sure, let's keep in touch and share what we have experienced :) We are going to try our best with the Pelagics as well. More so me than DH, as I don't think he will stand out there for hours on end, as I will be - LOL!

 

I remember when we did the Panama Canal, we had Masked Boobies follow the ship when out at sea. Brown Boobies as well, but we also saw them in port. The Masked Boobies were only seen at sea, which I am thankful for spending the time at the bow, seeking out birds, whales, and dolphins.

 

Heather

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Thank you Heather for your help. I was able to to book Augustin in Puerto Madryn and Birds Chile for Puerto Montt. I saw that WINGS offers this Tour/cruise. I'm am going to try my best with Pelagics! Let's keep in touch & exchange bird lists here!

 

Cinda

 

Cinda, our guide Agustin, just released this video on YouTube. sooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!

 

 

Heather

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I'm also a birder, and nature photographer in general.

 

We are looking forward to seeing new birds during our stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, and Cozumel.

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We will be Punta del Este in late February. Having been there before and done a walking tour, this time we would like to have a birding guide for the day. If you wouldn't mind, may I ask who you got for a guide?

 

We are using this company for Punta del Este: http://www.guyrapyta.com/

 

With kind regards

 

Heather

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Heather,

 

I just want to mention that I went to the site you provided, and I saw that Agustin Carriquiry is one of their guides. We had a tour with him once before out of Montevideo, and he did an excellent job. He took us to places that nobody would ever find, including the "yards" of his friends. We got many, many lifers that day.

 

Good luck!

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Heather,

 

I just want to mention that I went to the site you provided, and I saw that Agustin Carriquiry is one of their guides. We had a tour with him once before out of Montevideo, and he did an excellent job. He took us to places that nobody would ever find, including the "yards" of his friends. We got many, many lifers that day.

 

Good luck!

 

That is awesome! I'm not sure who we will have yet for Punta del Este. We wanted to bird out of MVD as well, but it is Christmas Day when we will be there and most places are quite deservingly closed (although the company did offer to try and find us a guide, we will do something else in lieu of).

 

I am though very excited about our birding trip on the 26th out of Punta del Este, the itinerary sent sounds most exciting!!!

 

Heather

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Hi we are bird watchers from UK. On Princess cruise from BA to San Antonio 31/01/18. Any others on the same crise interested in bird watcing? Trying to book with Birding BA at the moment

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Hi we are bird watchers from UK. On Princess cruise from BA to San Antonio 31/01/18. Any others on the same crise interested in bird watcing? Trying to book with Birding BA at the moment

 

We’re going to have to brilliant trip reports from South America! Several of us are heading south this season :cool:

 

3 months today, our ship sails! sooooo excited :) Our first birding trek is with Birding BA and we are going to the Southern Rios region (Pampas, etc.). Be patient with their replies, I found them very busy (guiding) - but they DO respond and are great to deal with.

 

Heather

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Our first birding trek is with Birding BA and we are going to the Southern Rios region (Pampas, etc.). Be patient with their replies, I found them very busy (guiding) - but they DO respond and are great to deal with.

 

Heather

We also are booked with them for February. I first met Marcelo when we were spending a post-cruise day in BA several years ago. We were at the Costanera Sur reserve, which is close to the Hilton. He was guiding another couple but was generous giving birding tips- but not at the expense of the other couple's time. Impressed with both his sense of propriety and his birding knowledge, I asked for a card. We are looking forward to a day with him. He understandably is busy, so be patient with e-mail.

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We also are booked with them for February. I first met Marcelo when we were spending a post-cruise day in BA several years ago. We were at the Costanera Sur reserve, which is close to the Hilton. He was guiding another couple but was generous giving birding tips- but not at the expense of the other couple's time. Impressed with both his sense of propriety and his birding knowledge, I asked for a card. We are looking forward to a day with him. He understandably is busy, so be patient with e-mail.

 

How did you find Costanera Sur reserve, on your own? We have a spare afternoon and were thinking of going there, if time permits. Marcelo said it is a gated reserve, so quite safe, as compared to other parts of BA.

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We also are booked with them for February. I first met Marcelo when we were spending a post-cruise day in BA several years ago. We were at the Costanera Sur reserve, which is close to the Hilton. He was guiding another couple but was generous giving birding tips- but not at the expense of the other couple's time. Impressed with both his sense of propriety and his birding knowledge, I asked for a card. We are looking forward to a day with him. He understandably is busy, so be patient with e-mail.

 

This is the tour we have booked with Birding BA:

 

SOUTHERN ENTRE RÍOS (Best birding hotspot in the area!)

The tour starts at the hotel early in the morning, from where we will leave by car or van (for small groups) to the south of Entre Ríos province, a trip that will last about 2 and a half hours from BA city. Since this is a vast area and there is more than one birding spot for visiting, we will choose the exact destination depending on your interests and the weather conditions. The two main possibilities are Ceibas and Perdices. The first place is best for a high number of species, and the second one is the best for endangered and rare birds. Other very good places, but further away (meaning a longer trip) are Ibicuy, Gualeguay and Gualeguaychú, best recommended for an overnight tour.

 

The specialties that we will be looking for in these places are a lot, most of them rare or not possible to find in BA proximities, such as the Greater Rhea, Savanna Hawk, White-fronted Woodpecker, White Woodpecker, Little Thornbird, Short-billed Canastero, Lark-like Brushrunner, Brown Cacholote, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, White Monjita and White-naped Xenopsaris among the fairly (but locally) common ones, and the Black-and-white Monjita, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Chestnut Seedeater and Marsh Seedeater among the rare and endangered birds. Aquatic birds are common too, with species such as Maguari Stork, Southern Screamer, Ringed Teal and Roseate Spoonbill.

 

At noon we will have lunch and late in the afternoon we will return to Buenos Aires, arriving in the evening. Total hours: more than 8, likely more than 12 (approx.).

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On a cruise stop in Tobago last February, we hired Newton George for a birding tour of the island. He was fantastic ! The bird life was plentiful and varied. And besides the birding, it was a great drive all around Tobago .

 

Margaret

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I will be cruising in December with stops on St. Lucia, Antigua, St.Kitts and Barbados as well as Dominican Republic ( which we just were given to replace St. Maarten ). Are there any good birding spots or endemic birds on any of these ? I have found little information so far.

To follow up on St. Maarten, I am a Florida resident and have seen reports on the loss of most endangered snail kite nests and similar problems. The scale of destruction from these storms, to humans and to nature, is vast.

 

Margaret

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How did you find Costanera Sur reserve, on your own? We have a spare afternoon and were thinking of going there, if time permits. Marcelo said it is a gated reserve, so quite safe, as compared to other parts of BA.

 

Actually, we were adjacent to it, on the public walkway along the water, instead of walking inside it. Still, with little effort we tallied 32 species, half of which were lifers. In addition to those on the water, there were numerous birds in the reeds and small islands and shallows. You should be able to get a local map from any of the large hotels. Ask the concierge.

 

Your trip with Marcelo looks good. We considered it, but on this trip we will be with another (non-birding) couple, and they had no interest in any longer-distance jaunt.

 

We are leaving tomorrow on a cruise from San Francisco down the coast to the Mexican Riviera. I'm looking forward to the birding during the first three days at sea. A pelagic tour operator did a run yesterday with good results. Will report back if it is worthwhile.

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We are leaving tomorrow on a cruise from San Francisco down the coast to the Mexican Riviera. I'm looking forward to the birding during the first three days at sea. A pelagic tour operator did a run yesterday with good results. Will report back if it is worthwhile.

 

As it turns out, the pelagic birding was a bust, but the land birding somewhat made up for it. The only real action at sea was on sailing out of San Francisco. The true "at sea" days were mostly devoid of bird life, as can often be the case. The more interesting species are listed below:

 

Leaving SF: Heermann's gull, common murre, Brandt's cormorant, elegant tern, sooty shearwater

 

At sea toward Puerto Vallarta: red-footed booby, brown booby

 

Puerto Vallarta: neotropic cormorant, striated heron, great-tailed grackle, San Blas jay (lifer)

 

Manzanillo: blue-footed booby (single individual, on breakwater when leaving), wood stork, both frigatebirds, least bittern, broad-billed hummingbird, golden-cheeked woodpecker (lifer), social flycatcher, green jay

 

Mazatlan: great kiskadee, long-billed curlew, white-winged dove, white ibis, the usual waders

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I am glad I saw this thread, I will be disembarking Zaandam Jan 6, 18 at Buenos Aires. I will certainly check into your recommended guides to go birding for few days before flying home.

 

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Highlights of Birding, Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal, October 2017, with Princess.

1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: I had chores and shopping to do and only did some birding around the ship. I did meet Gerardo Hernandez, gerardomexico@yahoo.com.mx, who is a birding guide. He sounded very knowledgeable about the local birds.

2. Huatulco, Mexico: I had arranged a birding trip with Cornelio Ramos, birdguidecornelio@yahoo.com.mx, for a six hour tour. My wife and I were the first people off the ship at 8 a.m. and Cornelio was waiting. We only had a short drive before we were birding and had a good day. We saw a total of 53 species. I had 15 lifers for the day. The highlight of the day was a Collared Forest-Falcon. I highly recommend Cornelio.

There is a small market/park right off the cruise dock that had birds.

Try to get off the ship as soon as possible since the birding slowed down dramatically as the day heated up.

3. Aruba: I had arranged to go birding with a local birder, Michiel Oversteegen, michieloversteegen@gmail.com. The ship didn’t dock until 1 p.m. and it was very hot. (I’m from Alaska, anything over 75 degrees is hot.) Despite the heat and time of day Michiel and his son, “Eagle Eye Sven”, put us on some good birds. I didn’t keep track of the total number of species but got 6 lifers. The highlight of the trip was a Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird. I think someone with an early morning start would do better. I recommend contacting Michiel if your ship stops in Aruba.

 

4. Ft. Lauderdale: We stayed overnight at the Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport North Cruiseport Hotel before flying home. There was an overgrown, fenced in lot behind the hotel. I was there at dawn and was surprised at the number of warblers. I even got a lifer, Northern Parula. (The hotel was pleasant and had good shuttle service to/from the airport.)

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Highlights of Birding, Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal, October 2017, with Princess.

2. Huatulco, Mexico: I had arranged a birding trip with Cornelio Ramos, birdguidecornelio@yahoo.com.mx, for a six hour tour. My wife and I were the first people off the ship at 8 a.m. and Cornelio was waiting. We only had a short drive before we were birding and had a good day. We saw a total of 53 species. I had 15 lifers for the day. The highlight of the day was a Collared Forest-Falcon. I highly recommend Cornelio.

There is a small market/park right off the cruise dock that had birds.

Try to get off the ship as soon as possible since the birding slowed down dramatically as the day heated up.

 

Will definitely mark this down! we will be visiting Huatulco in March 2020 (Celebrity Eclipse repo cruise from Chile). I was hoping to find a guide for this port of call :)

 

Heather

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Just completed a 12-day HAL cruise from Buenos Aires to Rio round-trip. As usual, took my scope for balcony birding. The following are some of the more interesting species.

 

2/17-19 Buenos Aires: Chimango caracara, southern lapwing, monk parakeet, roseate spoonbill, spot-winged pigeon, rufous hornero, white-necked (cocoi) heron, whistling heron, southern screamer, coscoroba swan, white-faced whistling duck, silver teal, rosy-billed pochard, cinereous harrier, grey-necked wood-rail, red-gartered coot, picui ground-dove, grey-breasted martin

 

2/20 Punta del Este & surrounding hills with guide: Southern lapwing, monk parakeet, roseate spoonbill, rufous hornero, whistling heron, silver teal, picui ground-dove, grey-breasted martin, greater rhea, giant wood-rail, white-winged coot, picazuro pigeon, guira cuckoo, white-throated hummingbird, white woodpecker, stripe-crowned spinetail, variable antshrike, rufous-bellied thrush, chalk-browed mockingbird, tropical parula, chestnut-backed tanager, diademed tanager, red-crested cardinal, rufous-collared sparrow, brown-and-yellow marshbird, hooded siskin

 

2/21-22 At Sea northbound: Manx shearwater, Atlantic petrel

 

2/23-24 Rio de Janeiro & visit to coffee plantation: Pale-vented pigeon, brown booby, red-shouldered macaw, black jacobin, golden-winged cacique, Sick's (ashy-tailed) swift, ruby-crowned tanager, masked water-tyrant

 

2/25 Buzios: Masked booby, magnificent frigatebird

 

2/26 Ilha Grande: Magnificent frigatebird, brown booby, masked water-tyrant, plumbeous rail, plain parakeet, rufous casiornis, ruby-crowned tanager

 

2/27 Santos: Roseate spoonbill

 

2/28 Itajai: Roseate spoonbill, kelp gull, great kiskadee, tropical kingbird, black-necked stilt, chimango caracara, bare-faced ibis

 

3/1 At Sea southbound: Black-browed albatross, yellow-nosed albatross, Manx shearwater, white-chinned petrel, spectacled petrel, Cory's shearwater

 

3/3 Buenos Aires with guide: Rufescent tiger-heron, white-necked heron, whistling heron, plumbeous heron, fulvous whistling-duck, cocoroba swan, speckled teal, silver teal, rosy-billed pochard, Brazilian duck, roadside hawk, red-gartered coot, red-fronted coot, limpkin, southern lapwing, picazuro pigeon, eared dove, monk parakeet, glittering-bellied emerald, green-barred woodpecker, rufous hornero, cattle tyrant, streaked flycatcher, white-winged becard, masked gnatcatcher, rufous-bellied thrush, creamy-bellied thrush, sayaca tanager, greyish saltator, yellow-billed cardinal, epaulet oriole,solitary cacique

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I will post more details later, but we had a lovely time birding South America (via Cruising!). Although the land trips yielded the most # of species, I found the Sea Days extra special. Here is my blog report as we approached "Cape Horn"

 

Cape Horn - Birds!

 

Heather

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Hi All - My wife (not a birder!) and I will be sailing on the Volendam from Yokohama to Vancouver April 25-May 9. Are there any other birders booked for this cruise? We will be passing through some potentially very interesting seabird and marine mammal waters (not to mention the shore stops): Off Japan I am hoping for things like Laysan Albatross, Streaked Shearwater, Kamchatka, Black-tailed, Vega and Slaty-backed Gulls, and just possibly Swinhoe's and Tristram's Storm Petrels and nearshore specialties like Temminck's Cormorant, Japanese Murrelet and Spectacled Guillemot [not to mention such marine mammals as the Northern Right Whale Dolphin]. We may see nothing, of course, but the more eyes we have...

 

Anyone interested is welcome to check out my blog A Wandering Naturalist at ronorenstein.blogspot.com, though I warn you that it is seriously out of date.

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