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Andrew Walker

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Andrew Walker is Birding Ecotours’ UK representative, and he also guides some of our birding tours in many parts of the world. He lives in York, North Yorkshire, England, where he is the York Ornithological Club’s Bird Recorder and Assistant Editor, and he also works as a Principal Consultant Ornithologist for a multi-disciplinary consultancy. Andrew holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Countryside Management and Ornithology (Hull University), is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM), and is a Full Member of the Association of Environmental and Ecological Clerk of Works (MEECW).

Andrew has spent the last 26 years birding extensively across the world with recent focus in the Oriental and Australasian regions. 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. Andrew has recently scoped out numerous birding tour locations, including Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, and various European birding destinations (e.g. the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Sweden, Canary Islands, and Poland). Andrew 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.

Within his consultancy role, Andrew manages a large team of ornithologists and works on a range of medium- and large-scale developments for a variety of sectors including renewables (wind, solar etc.), industrial, commercial, transport, and residential developments throughout the UK and South Africa. Andrew’s 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 Andrew birding in some incredible environments and results in continued professional development and learning.

His enthusiasm is completely infectious, and like all our guides he’s excellent with people, in addition to his impeccable birding skills and knowledge.

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 Thailand: Central and Northern Thailand 2018

Duration: 23 days
Date Start: January 27, 2018
Date End: February 18, 2018
Price: US$6,021 per person sharing – based on 4-8 people, US$6,743 per person sharing – based on 3 people, US$8,920 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 2017

Duration: 19 days
Date Start: September 25, 2017
Date End: October 13, 2017
Price: US$6,584 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$7,611 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 2017

Duration: 8 days
Date Start: September 09, 2017
Date End: September 16, 2017
Price: Main tour: US$4148 per person sharing. extension: US$1383 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 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: 9-day Yunnan Pre-tour 2017

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: May 13, 2017
Date End: May 21, 2017
Price: US$3728 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: 18-day Sichuan 2017

Duration: 18 days
Date Start: May 21, 2017
Date End: June 07, 2017
Price: US$6796 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 China: 12-day Qinghai Extension 2017

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: June 07, 2017
Date End: June 18, 2017
Price: US$4668 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 Borneo: Spectacular Birds and Other Wildlife 2017

Duration: 15 days
Date Start: August 26, 2017
Date End: September 09, 2017
Price: MYR23,780 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 2017

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: November 29, 2017
Date End: December 07, 2017
Price: AU$1,197 per person sharing (6 – 7 participants), AU$2,876 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), AU$3,835 per person sharing (3 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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