We begin this month's gallery of recent tour photos with participant Conny Palm's painterly image of a Pied Heron from our recent New Guinea & Australia tour with guide Jay VanderGaast.
Think New Guinea and birds-of-paradise come to mind, right? Brown Sicklebills, with males reaching three feet in length, are among the largest and most impressive, and these barred females are nearly as long. (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
A Papuan Lorikeet adds a burst of color to a fruiting Schefflera. (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
The avian family Acanthizidae, or Australasian warblers, includes some elegant little birds such as this Yellow-throated Scrubwren. (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
The city of Cairns in northeastern Australia features the Esplanade...and some great shorebirding opportunities right in town! (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
Never found on the mudflats, the dry-land Bush Thick-knee is one elegant shorebird. (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
Stepping into just the right forested spot on the Atherton Tableland near Cairns we'll find this glowing creature: a male Golden Bowerbird. (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
The crested and distinctive Pacific Baza makes its living hunting stick insects, frogs, and lizards, and even takes some fruit. (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
This is how we typically see the spiky-looking Little Wattlebird -- feeding in a flowering tree. (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
Fancy portrait of a snazzy bird: White-cheeked Honeyeater (Photo by participant Conny Palm)
Keeping on the Australasian theme we move to one of our fall Australia tours with guides John Coons and John Rowlett: Here's a multicolored Port Lincoln Parrot photographed by participant Max Rodel.
Australia is wonderfully scenic. Here our group explores Simpsons Gap, a famous waterhole in the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs. (Photo by participant Max Rodel)
This Laughing Kookaburra seemed to welcome a portrait session with guide John Rowlett. Some of these birds can be pretty tame! (Photo by participant Robert McNab)
Pretty dry habitat for a "kingfisher," eh? Or at least that's how we know guide John Coons in-house at Field Guides! (Photo by guide Lisa Standley)
Rock Parrot is an endemic Australian species -- and a parrot we typically see feeding on seeds on the ground rather than in trees. (Photo by participant Robert McNab)
Even in the drier areas of Australia flowers add a welcome dash of color to the landscape. This is Ptilotus manglesii with the nickname of pom-pom. (Photo by participant Lisa Standley)
Any bird with a do like this is worth a pause, common or not: the fantastic Sulphur-crested Cockatoo! (Photo by participant Max Rodel)
More proof of scenic Australia: Torndirrup National Park in Western Australia. (Photo by participant Robert McNab)
Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos, here gathered to preen, are named after Keith Carnaby, an entomologist who specialized in jewel beetles. (Photo by participant Robert McNab)
All right, let's change venues entirely! This amazing flurry of tens of thousands of Franklin's Gulls was a Day One spectacle near Lima on guide Jesse Fagan's inaugural Mysteries of Southern Peru tour.
Now, a storm of Franklin's Gulls is super cool, while the Humboldt Current endemic Inca Tern is elegance defined. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
The name of this canastero ("basket weaver" in Spanish)? Well, Cactus, of course! It's a Peruvian endemic, and guide Jesse Fagan brought this image back from our Mysteries of Southern Peru group's visit to Lomas de Lachay.
Since the group as a whole can be so tough to see (voices in the forest, most often), it's a thrill to find a tinamou in the open, as was this Andean Tinamou. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
The highest parts of Peru that are not snow-covered comprise the vast Altiplano, or high plain, where minerals abound, plants are relatively scarce, yet there is a significant avifauna of altiplano specialists. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
A Gray-breasted Seedsnipe against a wet background, a relatively easy one against which to spot this species, which can just disappear against a backdrop of grass and dirt. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
Classic mammals (camelids) of the Altiplano: Vicuñas! (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
The handsome and flightless Titicaca Grebe is a high-elevation endemic restricted to just a few bodies of water in southern Peru and adjacent Bolivia. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
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