Andrés Vásquez

Andrés has been chasing birds all over his native Ecuador for a decade now. As part of our team he has not only explored his country extensively but also he has birded Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Southeast Asia and South Africa learning new families and tons of new birds. Based in Quito, when not in the field, he can be found at his computer working on book publishing; he has already released several wildlife guidebooks for Ecuador, including a fieldguide to the birds of Northwest Ecuador, one for the birds of the Amazon and he is close to releasing a wildlife book for the entire country. Andres guides in South America. Andres uses Leica binoculars and a Kowa scope.


Andrew Spencer

Andrew began his birding career in the eastern US at the age of five when his grandmother showed him a male Wood Duck on the pond by his house. After crisscrossing North America for a number of years, Andrew made his first trip to the tropics and instantly fell in love. Since then his travels have take him throughout the neotropics and to New Guinea. More recently he has developed what some might call an unhealthy obsession for all things related to bird sounds. Andrew guides in the neotropical region. Andrew uses Leica binoculars and a Swarovski scope.



Gabriel Bucheli

Gabriel was born in Quito but comes from the central sierra of Ecuador, where most of his huge family still lives. He got hooked on wildlife on some fishing trips in the Cotopaxi area when only a kid. After studying ecology and tourism at UCE (Catholic University of Ecuador), he started guiding in the Tandayapa area, and soon realized birds were his passion. Since then, he’s been taking people all over Ecuador, and he gets a kick out of finding secretive birds in the dense understory. He still lives in Quito where he helps his wife run a stationary store, and likes to spend time looking for fresh places to go birding. Gabriel is also an active member of Aves and Conservación, the Birdlife affiliate in Ecuador.


George Lin

Wildlife has always been a passion for George while growing up in Taiwan and the Jersey Shore. After serving his time in Bermuda as a software engineer, George pursued wildlife and photography by guiding in the Neotropics & Asia in places like Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Borneo. George shoots with Canon and uses Nikon binoculars. George speaks fluently in both English and Mandarin Chinese.



Iain Campbell

Iain ended his career as a geochemist in West Africa when it dawned on him that his life list was more valuable than gold. He packed up his G-pick, said goodbye to fufu, and headed to South America, which better suits his style. He is very involved in bird conservation, having created Tandayapa Bird Lodge and Mindo Cloudforest Foundation. Besides being one of the original guides of Tropical Birding, Iain is near fanatical about getting more people into birding, and works with many organizations trying to achieve this main goal. He used to be a fanatical lister, but now much prefers to photograph the world’s specialties. Iain uses Zeiss binoculars and scope.


Pablo Cervantes Daza

Pablo came to Tropical Birding by accident; this die-hard city-loving engineer had to go and help out in Tandayapa for a week, and suddenly realized there was far more to life than Quito nightlife. He became hooked on bird photography and quickly started taking out professional photographers and helping with photography workshops. He now guides trips around Ecuador, Brazil, and Mexico. He is currently working with other TB gudies on several new photo field guides for birds and wildlife of Ecuador and Mexico. He also manages Tandayapa Bird Lodge, and you can find him tinkering with new techniques for shooting hummers. He shoots Canon and uses Swarovski binoculars.


Lisle Gwynn

A mixture of rugged Celt and English gentleman, Lisle grew up among the heaths of southern England where, as a teenager, he quickly developed a preference for birds and beasts over video games and parties. After graduating from a British University chosen solely for its birding potential, a scholarship from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology led him to the beautiful Cape of South Africa, a place he now considers a second home. There he spent several years birding widely whilst studying birds of prey and fynbos endemics. A keen photographer and ‘mammal enthusiast’, Lisle is as comfortable seeking and photographing mammals as he is birds, something he has pursued across 6 continents. With a full year at sea under the belt, spent across most of the world’s oceans, he is also a knowledgeable and obsessive ‘Petrel-head’, with tubenoses and marine mammals being two of his greatest passions in life.


José Illánes

Originally from the Amazonian village of Sani Isla, José is rapidly getting hooked on world birding. After tallying over 2,000 birds in 2005, José has not looked back; now guiding for us in Venezuela, Peru, and his home Ecuador (in between trips to southeast Asia, Africa and Europe). His first visit to the US came in 2006 when he brought the house down with his speech on Ecuadorian birding at the ABA convention in Maine. When not guiding, he can often be found poring over foreign bird books. He recently became a father for the first time. Jose uses Swarovski binoculars and a Swarovski scope.


Nick Athanas

Nick gave up a lucrative career in geophysics to go watch birds in South America a decade ago and has never looked back. He is one of the founders of Tropical Birding and their most experienced guide in South America. He has a strong passion for both bird photography and sound recording, and when not leading tours, can often be found in odd corners of the world adding to his collection. His blog and almost all of his photos can be found on his personal website, Nick guides mainly in the Neotropics and occasionally elsewhere, such as in Madagascar and Malaysia. He is using a Swarovski scope and Leica binoculars, and shoots with Canon gear. He is the lead author and photographer of Birds of Western Ecuador: A Photographic Guide.


Sam Woods

Sam’s obsession for birds began with a pair of tits in a Royal London park at age 11. Working for TB fits in perfectly with his plan of building up a massive world list, and now he guides on six continents. Now well known around the world for his affable English gentlemanly demeanor and his skilled guiding, his prodigious output of trip reports has almost surpassed those qualities. Sam supposedly resides in Ecuador, but his schedule hardly allows any time there. Sam uses Swarovski binoculars and a Swarovski scope. You can read Sam’s blog at Lost in Birding, and see many of his photos here.