Blue-tailed Bee-eater
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    I have been birdwatching since 1983. Apart from an organised trip to Hungary with a “Birding” tour in 2000 led by Gerard Gorman, where we saw 149 species and a "Birdfinders" tour to Finland and Arctic Norway in 2009 led by Toni Eskelin where we saw 180 species, Amanda and I have always planned & organised our birding trips ourselves, finding our own birds at a leisurely pace, with the help of local guides as necessary.

    Our trips have included:-

  • USA - Hilton Head Island - a family holiday with 74 species in 1991.
  • Cyprus - three trips between 1994 & 1997 with 165 species in all.
  • New Zealand - 106 species in 1998.
  • Bangladesh - mainly business but 36 species during a three day trip in November 2000.
  • Gambia - 214 species in 7 days in February 2000 with the assistance of a local guide.
  • Lesvos - 169 species in Spring 2001.
  • Portugal - several trips to The Algarve with 155 species in Autumn 2001 and 151 species in Spring 2002.
  • Texel - 2 day trip in Autumn 2002 with 84 species.
  • Spain 155 species in 2 weeks in March 2003 to The Pyrenees, Picos de Europa and Extremadura.
  • Bay of Biscay - Minicruise on The Pride of Bilbao from Portsmouth in August 2003 with 28 species.
  • Goa 248 species in 14 days in February 2004.
  • Madeira - 28 species on pre Christmas break December 2004.
  • Texas - 221 species in 21 days in January 2005 along the Texas Gulf Coast and Lower Rio Grande Valley.
  • Lesvos - 128 species in 7 days in May 2005.
  • Trinidad & Tobago - 208 species in 12 days in January 2006.
  • Spain - 179 species in 11 days in May 2006 to Extremadura and Coto Donana (plus few sites in Portugal).
  • Namibia & the Okavango Panhandle - 379 species in 17 days in December 2006
  • Mallorca - 88 species in 4 days in April 2007
  • Ecuador - 625 species in 23 days in January 2008
  • British Columbia - 192 species in 24 days in September 2008
  • Finland - 180 species in 13 days with Birdfinders in May & June 2009
  • South Africa - 448 species in 32 days in September & October 2010
  • French Alps - 78 species in 7 days in June 2011
  • Australia &Tasmania, with stop-overs in Hong Kong & Thailand - 451 species in 37 days in October & November 2011
  • Tanzania - 386 species in 15 days in May & June 2013
  • We are currently planning trips to Brazil and Costa Rica during the next 2/3 years.

    I am interested in butterflies, dragonflies and wildlife. We are both keen gardeners and enjoy wild flowers.

     Lloyd & David       Amanda
      
                       Lloyd Fernandez and David in Goa                                                    Amanda
    
    
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