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Andy Walker

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Senior Tour Leader and UK Office Manager

Andrew (Andy) Walker is Birding Ecotours’ UK representative and runs the Birding Ecotours UK office from his home in York, North Yorkshire, England. Andy has spent the last 30 years birding extensively across the world with a focus in the Oriental, Australasian, and Western Palearctic regions, where he leads/guides many of our tours, but he can also be found occasionally dipping into the biodiversity of the Afrotropical, Neotropical, and Nearctic regions in search of new and interesting birds and other wildlife.

A love of traveling came about after he spent two years living and studying (mainly birding!) in Kenya, followed by two years living in Costa Rica, where he worked as a bird guide and tour leader. Andy has recently led tours in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, West Papua, Costa Rica, Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa, and he has scoped out numerous birding tour locations, including Taiwan, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Colombia, Peru, USA, Uganda, and various European birding destinations (e.g. the UK, Iceland, France, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Sweden, Canary Islands, Israel, Latvia, and Poland). He gains great satisfaction from being able to show people new and exciting birds and help them learn about their behavior and biology. He enjoys putting in the hours for those secretive, yet highly rewarding forest skulkers, especially pittas, his favorite family.

Andy holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Countryside Management and Ornithology (Hull University), has over 10 years ornithological consultancy experience, and has managed a large team of ornithologists, working on a range of medium- and large-scale developments for a variety of sectors including renewable energy (wind, solar etc.), industrial, commercial, transport, and residential developments throughout the UK and South Africa. His involvement in ecological projects ranges from design and implementation of diurnal and nocturnal ornithological survey methodologies, consultation, report writing (e.g. Environmental Statement Chapters, Technical Baseline Reports, Monitoring Reports, Habitat/Environmental Management Plans, and Habitat Regulation Appraisals), and data analysis (including Collision Risk Modeling and Population Viability Analysis) to mitigation advice. This work gets Andy birding in some incredible environments and results in continued professional development and learning.

Andy’s enthusiasm is completely infectious, and like all our guides he’s excellent with people, which go hand-in-hand with his impeccable birding skills and knowledge. He loves giving presentations to bird clubs around the world to spread awareness of the incredible birds on our planet; recent talks he’s given include: Australia East Coast, Thailand Winter Birding, and Papua New Guinea Birds of Paradise.

Testimonials

We just returned from our trip to Thailand. It was wonderful. Thank you very much for arranging our tour with Andy Walker. He was the best guide we ever had. He is knowledgeable, easy going, hard working, and has all the qualities that people expect from a guide. We really enjoyed birding with him. We would be happy to go birding with him any time and would highly recommend him as a guide to any of our friends. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to have him as our guide.

Our best Regards. Ahmad and Sue, Canada, March 2016

 

Andy is a superb guide with a wonderful knowledge of birds and where to find them. He is enthusiastic and keen, great company and a real pleasure to bird with. Our Australian trip was very successful in terms of sightings and also really enjoyable. Andy played a big part in that with his superb organisation, excellent birding skills, easy-going nature and positive attitude. I would happily join Andy on a birding trip again and hope to be able to do so later this year!

Janice, Kent, UK

 

I had an awesome two weeks’ trip in northern India in January 2016 with Andy Walker of Birding Ecotours. Total bird species seen by the group was 401. Highly recommended for life birds, “collecting” bird families and beautiful scenery. Some highlights included: Hill Partridge, Painted Spurfowl, Koklass and Cheer Pheasants, Black Bittern, Himalayan Vulture, Sarus Crane, Barred Buttonquail, Ibisbill, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Indian Courser, Painted Sandgrouse, Sirkeer Malkoha, Crested Treeswift, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Himalayan Flameback, Collared Falconet with prey (Cinereous Tit), Chestnut-headed Tesia, Striated Laughingthrush, White-rumped Shama, White-tailed Rubythroat, Golden Bush-Robin, Brown Dipper, Pink-browed Rose-finch, Crested Bunting and Altai Accentor. The group total also included 10 owls and 17 woodpeckers, all seen!

Lisl van Deventer, South Africa

 

We spent three weeks with Andy in Thailand and enjoyed the trip thoroughly. Andy worked so hard to find the birds, and get us on them.  He was very patient and took the time we needed. He knew all the best places to go, knew what birds would be expected, identified them in an instant  and still managed to find some pretty good rarities along with the “known birds”, Himalayan Cutia anyone? And we spent literally hours getting great looks at Spoon-billed Sandpiper.  Andy got us very close without disturbing the birds or any other birders.  It was a highlight of the trip.  We are hoping to see Andy in York later this year for a days birding on his home patch!

Bob and Terrie, Idaho USA

 

The 2016 Northern India Birding Ecotours trip was everything I had hoped for and more. As a novice both when it came to Asian birds and Indian travel, the trip couldn’t have been better. Andy Walker, our guide, was brilliant at finding the expected birds and some amazing rarities and getting us good looks. I managed close to 400 lifers combined with Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal, some fascinating glimpses of rural India and a spectacular time in the Himalayan foothills. Our driver, van, train travel and hotels were all comfortable and worked like clockwork. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.

Hume Martin, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Just wanted to tell you what a fantastic time I had on my custom Sri Lanka birding tour. Everything went flawlessly thanks to Andy’s preparation, and his knowledge and passion for the birds was infectious and made it great fun. Our local guide, Lester, was as passionate, and was expert in locating the birds and sharing his knowledge of the country. The food and lodging were great, and we became good friends as well as birding buddies, and I would recommend Sri Lanka as a, safe, friendly place to bird.  Andy’s trip report is on the website. Birding Ecotours ran a wonderful tour, and I will use their services again for our next trip.

Bill Fiero, New York

 

Tours Coming Up

Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2018

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: November 16, 2018
Date End: November 27, 2018
Price: US$6499 per person sharing, based on 4 - 8 participants
Details: West Papua has 322 of the endemics of the island of New Guinea (94 %), compared to Papua New Guinea’s 294 (86 %). West Papua is also considered the safer alternative to PNG for seeing birds-of-p

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Birding Tour Thailand: Central and Northern Thailand 2019

Duration: 23 days
Date Start: January 27, 2019
Date End: February 18, 2019
Price: US$6,924 per person sharing – based on 4-8 people, US$7,754 per person sharing – based on 3 people, US$10,258 per person sharing – based on 2 people.
Details: This three-week Birding Tour Thailand adventure commences in Bangkok, before heading south to the magnificent Kaeng Krachan National Park, home to numerous pittas, broadbills, hornbills, and woodpecke

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Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2018

Duration: 19 days
Date Start: September 08, 2018
Date End: September 26, 2018
Price: US$7,308 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$8,448 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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Birding Tour Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia 2018

Duration: 8 days
Date Start: September 09, 2018
Date End: September 16, 2018
Price: Main tour: US$4563 per person sharing. extension: US$1521 per person sharing
Details: Our tour to Peninsular Malaysia will cover the two most important birding venues of Peninsular Malaysia, Fraser’s Hill and Taman Negara National Park. A total of 689 species of birds have been recor

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Birding Tour Iceland: Viking Birding 2018

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: June 10, 2018
Date End: June 18, 2018
Price: £3,740 per person sharing
Details: Iceland, thanks to its remote location and harsh winters, has a relatively small population, leaving vast parts of this island nation untouched. Some amazing scenery of glaciers, volcanic peaks, steep

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Birding Tour Costa Rica: Complete Costa Rica, Parts I and II 2018

Duration: 24 days
Date Start: March 13, 2018
Date End: April 05, 2018
Price: Part I: US$5245 per person sharing, part II: US$4938 per person sharing, entire tour: US$9889 per person sharing
Details: As one of the most prosperous countries in Central America, Costa Rica, with its good infrastructure, stable democratic government, high literacy rate, and extensive network of parks and preserves has

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Birding Tour China: 9-day Yunnan Pre-tour 2018

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: May 13, 2018
Date End: May 21, 2018
Price: US$4100 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants. Airfare estimate (Tengchong to Chengdu) US$230
Details: Welcome to our Birding Tour China adventure excursion. Yunnan is China’s most diverse province, biologically as well as culturally. The province contains snow-capped mountains and true tropical

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Birding Tour China: 18-day Sichuan 2018

Duration: 18 days
Date Start: May 21, 2018
Date End: June 07, 2018
Price: US$7476 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants
Details: Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers, China is the world’s second-largest country by land area. We’re really excited to bring you our Birding Tour China adventure. China

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Birding Tour China: 12-day Qinghai Extension 2018

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: June 07, 2018
Date End: June 18, 2018
Price: US$5135 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants. Airfare estimate (Chengdu to Xining) US$193
Details: Welcome to our next ‘Birding Tour China’ adventure. Qinghai is a province of the People’s Republic of China located in the northwest of the country. The province is home to nearly 40

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Birding Tour Borneo: Spectacular Birds and Other Wildlife 2018

Duration: 15 days
Date Start: August 26, 2018
Date End: September 09, 2018
Price: MYR26,158 per person sharing
Details: Birding Borneo is quite something as it is the third-largest island in the world and is awash with avian riches. With over 50 endemics and pristine Dipterocarp forests, montane cloudforests, riverine

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Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest 2018

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: November 29, 2018
Date End: December 07, 2018
Price: AU$ 2,110 per person sharing (7-8 participants), AU$ 3,164 per person sharing (5-6 participants), AU$ 4,218 per person sharing (3-4 participants)
Details: Due to geographic isolation and diverse habitats, the south of Western Australia boasts several endemic species and subspecies. This nine-day Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest Extension will focus

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Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot Pre-tour 2018

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: October 22, 2018
Date End: October 27, 2018
Price: AU$2,752 per person sharing (7-8 participants), AU$2,995 per person sharing (5-6 participants), AU$3,458 per person sharing (3-4 participants)
Details: Adjoined to the mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia. Through the millennia this isla

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Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot February 2019

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: February 07, 2019
Date End: February 12, 2019
Price: AU$3,030 per person sharing (7-8 people),, AU$3,295 per person sharing (5-6 people), AU$3,805 per person sharing (3-4 people)
Details: Adjoined to the mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia. Through the millennia this isla

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Birding Tour Australia: From the Wet Tropics to the Outback 2018

Duration: 17 days
Date Start: October 04, 2018
Date End: October 20, 2018
Price: AU$9,154 per person sharing (7-8 people); AU$11,090 per person sharing (5-6 people); AU$12,440 per person sharing (3-4 people)
Details: This tour is fully booked. Please consider our Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics 2018. Australia, the island continent, is a remote landmass that drifted away from Antarcti

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Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics February 2019

Duration: 17 days
Date Start: February 13, 2019
Date End: March 01, 2019
Price: AU$10,069 per person sharing (7-8 people), AU$12,200 per person sharing (5-6 people), AU$13,685 per person sharing (3-4 people)
Details: Australia, the island continent, is a remote landmass that drifted away from Antarctica tens of millions of years ago. Without significant volcanic activity and other mountain-building forces, it is a

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Biding Tour New Caledonia 2018

Duration: 6 days
Date Start: December 10, 2018
Date End: December 15, 2018
Price: US$7,298 per person based on 1 participant, US$4,678 per person based on 2-3 participants sharing, US$3,324 per person based on 4 participants sharing, US$3,091 per person based on 5-8 participants sharing
Details: This tour visits Grande Terre, New Caledonia, and focuses on the many exciting endemic birds found across the island. Grande Terre is part of an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan (continental) origin.

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