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Jason Boyce

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Senior Tour Leader and South African Office Manager

Passionate, positive, and caring are three words describing Jason’s incredible character, which go hand-in-hand with his fantastic people skills, friendly nature, and superb knowledge when it comes to all aspects of biodiversity. Having been introduced to birding at a young age by his grandfather, it has become almost second nature to him, spending most of his earlier years exploring South Africa and recently having traveled as far abroad as Tanzania, Uganda, Gabon, Hungary, Israel, Greece, the United States, Madagascar, and India to name but a few. His energy is infectious, and his over twenty years’ worth of birding experience is unparalleled.

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 all aspects of the environment – from the “Grasslands of the Lark” to the “Mountains of the Eagle”. Throughout Jason’s time growing up in his home country he has been involved a great deal with young birders groups, citizen science, birding big days, and local birding challenges in which he has always fared well on an annual basis. Jason is also actively involved in conservation and for two years in a row has been a key member of the ‘Birding Ecotours Bandits’ Champions of the Flyway team, who have raised in excess of eight thousand euros toward the event’s dedicated conservation cause in both the years that they competed.

Jason has completed a BSc in Environmental Science through the University of South Africa (UNISA) and is also a qualified Terrestrial Level 1 nature guide through the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA). His passion for our world’s birds sees him guiding many of our African-based tours as well as tours into Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands. When not guiding Jason is helping to run the South African office for Birding Ecotours and assists with office work, making sure our clients get the best tours possible and that everything runs smoothly. Diligence and a great sense of organizational skills come into play, both in and out of the office, and this can be seen in the way he guides our tours and both his willingness and drive to make sure our clients are comfortable, happy, and, most importantly, enjoying themselves at all times.

Together, Jason and Dylan form the managerial powerhouse that runs our South African office out of Johannesburg/Pretoria.

Testimonials

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

Hi Chris,

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

Hi Chris-

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.

Best-

Jonathan Bowser, University of Colorado

One of the best birding tours that I have taken and I have taken many over 50 years. Jason has outstanding knowledge of Southern African birds, recognition of of bird calls even very faint ones and matching habitat with expected species that occur in these habitat types. Jason is enthusiastic and has good group management skills to assist clients from beginners to world listers to maximize their tour enjoyment. And to add to that Jason is an excellent driver, always felt safe.
John Drummond, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Tours Coming Up

Birding Tour Uganda: Shelley's Crimsonwing Expedition 2019

Duration: 8 days
Date Start: August 22, 2019
Date End: August 29, 2019
Price: US$4297 per person sharing assuming 6 – 7 participants; US$4973 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

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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

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Birding Tour Uganda: 19-day Shoebill, Albertine Rift Endemics, Gorillas and Chimpanzees 2018

Duration: 19 (or 14) days
Date Start: August 01, 2018
Date End: August 19, 2018
Price: US$8300 per person sharing for the full 19-day tour (including the extension), based on an amazingly small group size of 4-8. The 14-day tour is poorer value for money and costs US$6400.
Details: Birding Tour Uganda Itinerary – The 19-day version is detailed here, but the first 14 days can be done as an independent tour. The 19-day version (including the 5-day extension to Murchison Falls Na

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Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa March 2019

Duration: 18 days
Date Start: February 25, 2019
Date End: March 14, 2019
Price: R79,228 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

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Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June 2019

Duration: 9 days
Date Start: June 01, 2019
Date End: June 09, 2019
Price: R60,282 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

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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

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Birding Tour Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia 2019

Duration: 21 days
Date Start: March 20, 2019
Date End: April 09, 2019
Price: US$7,739 per person sharing, assuming 6-9 participants, US$9,084 per person sharing, assuming 4-5 participants.
Details: Ethiopia, “the Roof of Africa”, is an absolutely unique and spectacular birding destination. It is one of Africa’s most scenically beautiful countries, boasting some of the continent’s highest

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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

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Birding Tour Austria and Hungary: Birding Adventure 2019

Duration: 12 days
Date Start: May 12, 2019
Date End: May 23, 2019
Price: €4647 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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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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