Feedback on Rockjumpers PNG birding Tour July-August 2011 - Between a ro

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From: "Richard King" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 07:16:02 +0800
Hi Rob,


I can see your point and agree totally, it will make me think twice about
booking tours with Rockjumper, if that's a common occurrence with them. The
lack and faulty optical equipment is more of a concern. I've been on a
couple birding tours with other companies and have been annoyed when
everyone decides to go back to the hotel for drinks and rests while there
still is plenty of daylight and time for birding. It pays to check if the
tour company is for hard-core birding or more casual stuff. I know Birdquest
is usually for more hard-core birders. Naturetrek I have found to be good
with a mix of keen younger and older people, but it's not hard-core birding.
They often also focus on butterflies, but then it's good aussie fun to take
the mickey out of big mature English birder guys excited over pretty little


Going with a tour group will always have it's problems, but so will having
your own guide sometimes as well. My wife and I had a personal bird guide
(won't say his name on here) in Thailand, 2010 Christmas. This guy was a
good birder, but had no patience and wouldn't wait long enough at places
(other guides did and got the birds). His driving was the worst I've ever
seen in anyone and I've been to Asia a fair bit. He will kill himself and/or
someone else guaranteed!  He also drank will driving and drank heaps during
dinner before driving. I didn't take long to realise he was mainly out to
get bird photos for himself and increase his bird list. It got so bad that
my wife and I started making secret signals to each other when we saw birds
so that he wouldn't come running over, as he often stood in front of you to
get his shot! He danced around when he saw a new bird, but made little
effort to get it again if you missed it! We had to stay with him, otherwise
we wouldn't have been able to do any birding, but we did have a huge
argument with him over his behaviour and we thought he was going to leave us
in the middle of nowhere. It wasn't a very pleasant birding trip for the
first half of our birding holiday in Thailand, but the next guide we had
there was brilliant.


It pays to really research your bird tour company or guide, but at the end
of the day you still may not win.



Richard King  



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