Senior Birding guide and administrative assistant for Birding Ecotours.
Jason recently completed a BSc in Environmental Science and now does a lot of guiding in Africa and Europe. We’re aiming to have him guide some of our Asian trips as well in the near future. When not leading trips, he does office work for the company. His energy, enthusiasm and knowledge are bottomless, and his people skills are absolutely superb. He has been fascinated by birds ever since he could see them. He has loved the journey that birds have taken him on up to this day, having been birding for over 16 years, and he couldn’t imagine the next 30 years without them.
Jason has spent most of his life in Pretoria, South Africa, with a two-year stint in the Western Cape. He has an incredible passion for leading outings and teaching others about the wonders of the birding world, nature and the environment – from the “Grasslands of the Lark” to the “Mountains of the Eagle”. He is very well-known for his involvement in young birders’ groups and contributes a great deal to research and conservation projects, such as the Southern African Bird Atlas Project. He also likes birding competitions and does phenomenally well in the Wider Gauteng Birding Challenge as one example. As another example, Jason represents us in the Champions of the Flyway bird race for conservation His passion for birds is contagious (so beware of catching it from him!)
Had a great time with Jason birding around Johannesburg – Pretoria – Dullstrom area countryside. Jason’s easy-going and patient style made for a comfortable four days. His amazing ability to spot well-hidden birds and to identify in a flash, along with his expert knowledge of numerous local habitats allowed us to see 85 species the first day! Would love to come back and do another tour.
Sandy Campbell. Edmonton, Canada
Thank you so much for arranging the tour yesterday. I would just like to say that Jason was amazing, my father and myself were blown away by his knowledge, patience and true passion, a true gentleman and a credit to your tour operation. I would please like to be added to your newsletter and in the future we will be looking to do a birding tour. Many thanks.
Katharine, South Africa
I just wanted to send a quick note from the airport letting you know what an incredible day I had with Jason. He is an outstanding guy and a great birder. Our list for the day exceeded my wildest expectations. My head is still buzzing! I will connect with Jason so that we can compare lists once I have my details sorted out. In the meantime, please let him know today was one of the best days I have ever had in the field. Please also tell him I asked for a refund for lack of raptors…kind of an ongoing joke throughout the day.
Thanks for coordinating all of this, Chris. Yours is an outstanding outfit. If I ever travel to one of the countries you cover or if I return to SA, I will only use Birding Ecotours.
Jonathan Bowser, University of Colorado
Tours Coming Up
Birding Tour Uganda: Shelley's Crimsonwing Expedition 2018
Duration: 8 days
Date Start: August 22, 2018
Date End: August 29, 2018
Price: US$ 3979 per person sharing assuming 6 – 7 participants; US$4605 per person sharing assuming 4 – 5 participants
Details: On this tour we would like to try and get photos and sound recordings of Shelley’s Crimsonwing, one of Africa’s rarest finches. We plan to be as close as possible to the sites we feel are best for
Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa March 2018
Duration: 18 days
Date Start: February 25, 2018
Date End: March 14, 2018
Price: R68,300 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Details: This subtropical tour provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of species will be seen (the typical bird list for this adventure is in the range o
Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June 2018
Duration: 9 days
Date Start: June 01, 2018
Date End: June 09, 2018
Price: R56,870 per person sharing
Details: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, chari
Birding Tour Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia 2018
Duration: 21 days
Date Start: March 20, 2018
Date End: April 09, 2018
Price: US$7,100 per person sharing, assuming 6-9 participants, US$8,334 per person sharing, assuming 4-5 participants.
Details: Welcome to our ‘Birding Tour Ethiopia’ adventure. Ethiopia, “the Roof of Africa”, is an absolutely unique and spectacular birding destination. It is one of Africa’s mos
Birding Tour Austria and Hungary: Birding Adventure 2018
Duration: 12 days
Date Start: May 12, 2018
Date End: May 23, 2018
Price: €4384 per person sharing, assuming 6-8 participants
Details: This tour takes us through two great birding destinations at the heart of Europe, Austria and Hungary. The ‘Birding Tour Austria and Hungary’ itinerary comprises uplands in Austria in the
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