We begin this month's gallery with images from our Bhutan tour with guide Richard Webster, where the one-of-a-kind Ibisbill is always a tour highlight. We had multiple sightings this year. Photo by participants David & Judy Smith.
The view from Phrumseng La (with prayer flags), home to a number of threatened and range-restricted birds. Photo by guide Richard Webster.
Rufous-necked Hornbill (this one a female) is a threatened species with a limited range. Photo by participants David & Judy Smith.
Blood Pheasant is another marquee Bhutan bird. Guide Richard Webster (l.) and participants David & Judy Smith brought home these images.
Everyday scenes at this season are often replete with blooming rhododendrons. Photo by guide Richard Webster.
We had some fabulous views of Black-tailed Crake near Paro, as this image by David & Judy Smith makes evident!
We were fortunate to have clear weather en route -- and Everest was in its full glory from the plane. Photo by guide Richard Webster.
The jay-like Striated Laughingthrush occurs in small groups in the sub-canopy at middle elevations, we saw it regularly. Photo by participants David & Judy Smith.
A lovely field breakfast on Sheytang La, looking out over Shingyer, where we saw the Snow Pigeons. Photo by guide Richard Webster.
We had excellent views of two Speckled Wood-Pigeons, which range across the Himalaya. Photo by participants David & Judy Smith.
More widely distributed Asian species like Great Barbet add greatly to our Bhutan birding. Photo by participants David & Judy Smith.
We wrap up our Bhutan images with this lovely long view at Latong from guide Richard Webster.
Up next is our recent Ireland in Spring tour (one of our "Birding Plus" itineraries), from which participant George Nixon brought home this brilliant image of a Blue Tit.
The Emerald Isle if full of fabulous vistas to complement our birding, music, and pub-crawling. This is the Dingle Peninsula by participant George Nixon.
A male European Stonechat was among the small passerines found. Photo by participant George Nixon.
Killarney National Park, nestled in southwestern Ireland, was the country's first N.P. Photo by participant George Nixon.
Gray Heron, here in a fine portrait by participant Sheran Clark, is the trans-Atlantic replacement for Great Blue Heron.
The Dingle Peninsula features some amazing shoreline beauty. This is Inch Strand, by participant Sheran Clark.
A drop-flecked White-throated Dipper with prey, photographed by participant George Nixon.
The Gallarus Oratory on the Dingle Peninsula, its origin debated, is one of the cultural sites we visit on this unusual tour. Photo by participant George Nixon.
The tour's subtitle is "Birds, Traditional Music & Pubs" -- and here guides Karen and Terry McEneaney get ready to serve their flock. Photo by participant Sheran Clark.
A male Reed Bunting glows in the morning light. Photo by participant George Nixon.
One final Ireland image, this one of the Skellig Islands by participant George Nixon. These are designated an Important Bird Area for their seabird colonies.
Definitely no longer in Ireland with this image! A brilliant drake White-headed Duck, an endangered species, from our Spain tour by participant Chuck Holliday.
Participant Chuck Holliday also captured this cool panorama of the city of Avila, one of the historic cities along our route.
Classic Spain: White Storks -- though not usually in such a condominium! Photo by participant Chuck Holliday.
Guide Chris Benesh and folks appear to have something interesting soaring in Monfrague N.P. Photo by participant Chuck Holliday.
Red-legged Partridge, a southwestern Europe specialty, is another snazzy bird we saw. Photo by participant Chuck Holliday.
Co-leader Godfried Schreur (r.) and our group check out some marsh birds. Photo by participant Chuck Holliday.
Mountain backdrops are a dramatic feature in many parts of Spain. Photo by participant Chuck Holliday.
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