ORNITHOLOGY AND TOURISM

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GJ

The ornithological tourist  (Photo Huguette Rambaud)

Thank you for your visit.

When I travel abroad, I try to make the most of it but I must admit I'm especially fond of picturesque sites and the wildlife in general. In this site, you will find a few trip reports which are not intended to be scientific in any way and there is also a page on my favourite spotsHowever, I have tried to give you useful information and personal impressions for which I take full responsibility. I may have forgotten a few points and if you need further details please write to me. I also apologize for the poor quality of some of the photos taken when a digital camera was still a rarity.  I have started digitizing some of them and the result is much better than for those I only scanned.

Some hyperlinks, like those of the hotels I mention will direct you to other websites.  Don't forget to come back!  

You will get a lot of information (photos, songs, geographical distribution) about the avifauna if you use the search engine in Denis Lepage's website.  To get there, just click on any bird's name at the end of each page. 

Please also have a look at Travellingbirder, a great site for those who would like to see birds all around the world.  Continents are classified alphabetically and so are countries, with an exception for France mainly for lay-out reasons.  Please don't see any jingoism here.

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I visited the Mascarenes (Reunion and Mauritius) from the 9th to the 28th of July, Morocco from the 1st to the 11th of April 2001 and Namibia from the 16th of July to the 1st of August 2007.
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I made a nice trip to Mongolia, a country worth visiting for its traditions and numerous raptors and stayed there from 10th to 26 th July 2006.

From the 9th to the 27th June 2010 I visited the north of India, including Ladakh.  This was an opportunity to get acquainted with the culture and the birds of this huge country.  In November 2013, I went to the United Arab Emirates and Oman, at the border of Africa and Asia.  A very rewarding trip.
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Brittany is well-known all over Europe but there are still a lot of secret places which deserve to be visited. I spent 2 weeks there in October - November 2000.

I also spent about 10 days in the Causses area in August 2001 and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was in Morbihan in April 2002 and took advantage of my stay there to spent some time bein massaged in a Thalassotherapy establishment.

The area of Nice is one of my favourite places and I often stop in the Camargue, the Crau, the Alpilles or the Baronnies.  I stayed there in the springs of 2003 and 2005.

The Central Pyrénées and the Camargue were the places where I spent my holidays in July 2003.
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There are also other countries worth a visit in Europe. I spent my July - August holidays in Austria in 1994, went to Bulgaria in July 2008, Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) in February - March 2010 and stayed a week in Madeira in April 1998.  I have been to the Netherlands many a time, mainly at the end of December and went twice to Scandinavia. We went to Scotland in July 2011 and we thoroughly liked this country. In2012, we went on a fantastic expedition cruise in Svalbard and watched Polar Bears, Whales and many birds of the Far North. In 2013, another Canary Island: Tenerife.

In 2014, we visited Crete in April.  This isle is covered with rosebay bushes and hosts interesting birds, especially in the mountains.

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The Province of Quebec, Canada, which I visited in July 2005 was just great and I made the most of my stay thanks to Michel Bertrand, a very competent and helpful local ornithologist.

In July and August 1989, I toured the USA, going from New-York City to the West Coast, Louisiana and Florida.  The following year, I went to the Hawaiian Isles and the West.  I went to New-York City and New-Jersey for a few days again in October - November 1994. In the year 2000, I spent 2 weeks in New-York City, New-Jersey and Washington D.C. .My lates trip to New-York City took place in May 2002.

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I discovered Peru and Bolivia in August 2004.  The countryside and the culture of these countries came as a shock. 

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I was lucky enough to visit New-Zealand for a month, in January - February 2009 and now long to go to Australia or smaller islands in that distant part of the world.
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I would appreciate it if you would let me know about any mistakes I might not have seen.

This site was brought up to date on 8th  February 2017.


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