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& Terms/Conditions

CUSTOMER COMMENTS
& TESTIMONIALS
       

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  RECENT FONT NEWS
(in our E-Mail Bulletins)
 thru October 5, 2014

 Info in this link about:
 some past & future tours in
 Alaska, Argentina, Chile,  
 Costa Rica,  Dominican Republic, 
 Ecuador, Japan, Iceland, 
 Panama, Wisconsin, more
 including birds & other nature 
 during our tours in:
 April/May 2014 in Ecuador,
 Mar 2014 in Texas,
 Oct/Nov 2013 & Jan/Feb 2014 in Japan,
 Sep/Oct 2013 in Iceland,   
 July 2013 in Panama, 
 June 2013 in Alaska, and
 April & July 2013 in Ecuador.
 


 RARE & THREATENED BIRDS
 OF NORTH & MIDDLE AMERICA
 south to Panama

 A BIRD SEEN DURING
 FONT CHILE TOUR  IN NOV 2009
 DESCRIBED AS NEW SPECIES

    TOURS IN ALASKA,
        ECUADOR & ESTONIA

 ALASKA
 
a birding & nature tour with 3 parts,
 do any or all:  
 south to Valdez, west to Nome, 
 & north to Deadhorse in the Arctic

 ECUADOR
 
at reserves for regionally
 endemic, rare, & specialty birds
  
 
 

 ESTONIA

 
for birds, butterflies, 
 mammals including bear,
 plants including orchids,
 2 tours in  2015:
 1 in April, 1 in June 
      

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  As of November 1, 2014, 
 there's still some availability 
 on upcoming FONT tours in:
  CHILE in Jan 2015
 
JAPAN in Jan/Feb 2015
 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 
  in Feb/Mar 2015 


 The Resplendent Quetzal of
 Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica

 Tour Itineraries & prices in links below. 

  OUR UPCOMING
BIRDING & NATURE TOURS:


Tours in North America

Tours in the Caribbean

Tours in Central America
(including Mexico)


Tours in South America #1 

(in Brazil & Uruguay,
Ecuador, Venezuela)

Tours in South America #2 

(in Argentina & Chile)
  

Tours in Europe

Tours in Japan


  OUR Upcoming tours: 
A Chronological SummarY
with PRICES & links to itineraries
 
(thru  2014 and into 2015 and 2016)

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  LOOKING BACK at the 
FONT Archives Galleries 1 thru 4
(with Photos of People & Places,
 and Birds & Other Nature)
 

  PAST FONT TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 by destination, with links to: 
 narratives, photo galleries, &
 related lists pertaining to birds 
 & other nature during our past tours
 


An Atlantic Puffin during a FONT tour
in Iceland. To see more puffins & other birds:

ICELAND JUNE 2012 PHOTO GALLERY


 
VARIOUS NARRATIVES & 
PHOTO GALLERIES 
from past FONT tours

In Arizona, Belize, Brazil, Chile, 
California, Colorado, Costa Rica, 
Guatemala, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, 
North Carolina, Panama, Sweden, 
Washington State, & in the West Indies 
in Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, 
the Dominican Republic, & Guadeloupe 

This NAZCA BOOBY was photographed 
during the FONT Ecuador tour in July 2013.

ABOUT SOME PAST FONT TOURS: 

in the Lesser Antilles & the Cayman Islands,
a nice mix of FLORA & FAUNA
 

in Brazil & Uruguay, photos of birds

in Brazil,
HYACINTH MACAW & HARPY EAGLE,
JABIRU & JAGUAR
  

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SOME NATURE-RELATED LISTS 
& PHOTO GALLERIES


 
For Eastern North America
 where FONT will be offering 
 more tours in months to come:

 
Mammals   Butterflies   Moths
 Dragonflies & Damselflies
 Amphibians & Reptiles

 Marine Fish
   Other Marine Life 
 Wildflowers & Other Plants  

 For the Delmarva Peninsula:  Birds

 For North America: Birds, in 6 parts

 Links lower on this page  to Other Lists 
 & Photo Galleries
  

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 Bird Taxonomy Updates  (as of Sept 2012) 

 2010 was the 20th Year for FONT Birding 
 & Nature Tours - we're now into our 22nd year





The large stork, the Jabiru, has been seen
during FONT tours in Argentina, Belize,
Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, & Venezuela.
During our tour in Belize in April 2011,
about 50 were seen. 
 

Above: TIKA 2, an orphaned JAGUAR
during our April 2011 Tour in Belize.

JAGUARS in the wild have been seen 
during 7 FONT tours in 5 years:   
4 times in Brazil (as recently as Aug 2011) 
2 times in Mexico,  and once in Guatemala.
Click for more about:
JAGUARS
 
with more photos of Tika 2.     
   
 

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Directory of Photos in this Website
(alphabetical listings of birds,
 
mammals, & other nature)


This directory relates to photos included 
in bird-lists below, & in other lists & files 
in this website pertaining to mammals, 
amphibians & reptiles, butterflies, moths, 
dragonflies & damselflies, grasshoppers,
marine-life including fish and other life of 
coral reefs and shorelines, wildflowers & 
other plants, celestial phenomena.
Now in the directory: 2,265 entries.
      

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LISTS & PHOTO GALLERIES 
of BIRDS

 
with subspecies & updated taxonomy,
 
and noting those found during FONT tours 
 (from the latest AOU supplement & 
  with most  names as in the list of the IOU,
  the International Ornithologists Union.
  There's a link to the website of the IOU
  at bottom of this column.   



This Striped Owl was photographed
after dark during a FONT tour in Brazil.


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LISTS & PHOTO GALLERIES
of MAMMALS
& Some Other Wildlife
including those found during FONT tours


The South American Coati
is a relative of the raccoons.


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LISTS & PHOTO GALLERIES
of BUTTERFLIES, MOTHS,
DRAGONFLIES, DAMSELFLIES 
& GRASSHOPPERS
 
including those found during FONT tours

Above: A Glasswing Butterfly, 
Greta morgane oto,
one of the Neotropical butterflies
seen during FONT Birding & Nature Tours
in Central & South America.

 

 

 



Above: A dragonfly known as the
Twelve-spotted Skimmer,
Lidellula pulchella


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LISTS & PHOTO GALLERIES
of AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES

including those found during FONT tours



A Green Iguana during a FONT Tour 
in Costa Rica

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LISTS & PHOTO GALLERIES 
of MARINE LIFE
(other than marine mammals)

including sightings during FONT tours



A Loggerhead Sea Turtle
during a FONT boat-trip 
on the ocean off North Carolina, USA   


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LISTS & PHOTO GALLERIES
of WILDFLOWERS
& OTHER PLANTS

including those during FONT tours


Prickly Poppy in Arizona, USA 

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Links to other Websites

Including, "ARKIVE", with many photos 
of rare birds & animals of various kinds, 
including a number seen 
during FONT tours
and 
the IUCN Red List of 
THREATENED SPECIES of birds, 
mammals, amphibians & reptiles, 
& other nature 

And a link to another excellent site: 
"BIRDS ON STAMPS"  

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Annually there have been 
Focus On Nature Tours, 
for 23 years, in over 25 countries. 

Particularly notable have been 
our JAPAN birding & nature tours 
(in winter, and the spring) 

Our CARIBBEAN birding & nature tours 
have been to over a dozen 
West Indian islands.

Our EUROPEAN birding & nature tours 
have been in: Spain, Sweden, Iceland, 
Hungary, & Poland. 

In NORTH AMERICA, our birding & 
nature tours have been in: Alaska, 
Arizona, California & Washington State, 
Delaware; Colorado & Kansas, 
Nebraska, Oklahoma, & Wyoming;  
Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, 
Texas & New Mexico. 

In CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA, our 
birding & nature tours have been in: 
Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, 
Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, 
Ecuador, and Venezuela.
 
For 15 years, we did pelagic trips 
for seabirds and marine mammals 
offshore from the Eastern USA 
(from New Jersey, Delaware & 
 North Carolina), with also, during 
that time and since, other pelagic trips 
elsewhere in the world - 
notably in Chile & Japan.

 

P.O. Box 9021 
Wilmington DE 19809 USA 
Phone: (302) 529-1876
or toll-free:
1-888-721-3555

E-mail:
font@focusonnature.com

Birding tours 
and nature tours, 
since 1990. 
Focus On Nature Tours Inc.  
is now into our 24th year, 
with birding and nature tours 
to various places 
throughout the world: 
in North, Central, and South America, 
the Caribbean, Europe,
 Asia (particularly Japan).





Above: the rare 
and recently-described 
JOCOTOCO ANTPITTA,
seen during the FONT tour
in Ecuador in April 2014. 

Below: 
the DIAETHRIA CLYMENA
butterfly photographed 
during our April 2013 tour
in Ecuador.





Above: 
a WHOOPING MOTMOT,
a species seen 
during recent FONT tours
in Ecuador and Panama.
The bird at left is
Motmota subrufescens
argenticinctus,
in western Ecuador.
The WHOOPING MOTMOT
was part of the
BLUE-CROWNED MOTMOT,
now split into 6 species.

Below: the blue feet of
the BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY
during the FONT tour
in Ecuador in July 2013.


Some of the "Royalty Butterflies"
are well known, especially
the Monarch and the Queen,
but not so, the one here,
the HISPANIOLAN KING,
Anetia jaegeri,
photographed during one 
of the FONT Caribbean tours
in the Dominican Republic.

More FONT CARIBBEAN TOURS
are scheduled for early 2015. 

A link, here, to see more
CARIBBEAN BUTTERFLIES

 Armas Hill, of FONT,
had major surgery this past summer
and has been recovering for a while
at home. By year's end, he will be
well enough to lead tours again.

Armas has enjoyed birds for years,
but as he convalesced, during some 
of his time, he studied plants,
another one of his interests.
Below, a link to a list and gallery
with photos of TROPICAL PLANTS,
in 2 parts, incorporating notes
from some previous FONT tours,
and including some tropical foods
 that have been so enjoyed
during our tours.
    
TROPICAL PLANTS
OF THE AMERICAS


Below, one of the over 
60 species of hummingbirds
during recent 
FONT tours in the Tropics,
in Ecuador, 
the CHESTNUT-BREASTED
CORONET.

Photo above during
our April 2014 Ecuador Tour, 
by Marie Gardner,
as are those at left,
except for the antpitta.

To see more photos
of 105 different 
hummingbird species:
HUMMINGBIRD LIST
& PHOTO GALLERY
 
 
    
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Now, there are more than
2,200 photographs
of different birds & other nature 
are in this web-site.

There's an alphabetical listing in: 
PHOTO DIRECTORY
 

Including those of amphibians 
and reptiles, such as the
GREEN FROG below. 



(photo by Marie Gardner)

 
Birding Tours
(& other 
nature
TOURS) 
Worldwide

Geographical
Listing
in
alphabetical order
Birding Tours 
(& other nature TOURS) 
Worldwide
Calendar Listing
in 
chronological order

2014
2015


Our thanks to everyone who traveled with us this year,  
our 24th year for FONT tours.
SOME FEATURE PHOTOS:

Above, a CHESTNUT-MANDIBLED TOUCAN with open wings
during our Ecuador Tour in April-May 2014.
(photo by Marie Gardner) 



Above, the BLAKISTON'S FISH OWL with open wings
as we saw it during our Japan Tour in November 2013.
The species is said to be the rarest and the largest owl in the world.
During our November '13 tour, we saw 3 of them.
The Blakiston's Fish Owl has been found during 23 FONT tours in Japan, 
during all of our tours on the northern island of Hokkaido.
WE'LL BE GOING TO HOKKAIDO AGAIN
DURING OUR UPCOMING JAPAN TOUR IN OCT/NOV 2014. 

To see about those done previously:
HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST FONT JAPAN TOURS

Above & below: two birds that we saw every day
during our March 2014 tour in Texas
were the RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
(above),
and the WHITE-WINGED DOVE
(below).
In these photos, the ruby crown of the kinglet
and the white wings of the dove are clearly visible.
Both photographs were taken in Wimberley, Texas,
on the property of the 7-A Resort.
(photos by Rhett Poppe)

For more: PHOTOS OF TEXAS BIRDS 

A LIST WITH PHOTOS OF NORTH AMERICA BIRDS

From the second link, a six-part list
with just about all the birds ever in North America. 

  


Links to Photos from Recent FONT Tours: 

IN ECUADOR:    IN APR/MAY 2014     IN JUL 2013    IN APR 2013 

IN SOUTHERN ARGENTINA IN DEC 2013    IN COSTA RICA IN MAR 2012 

IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:    IN APR 2012    IN FEB 2012 

IN ICELAND:    IN SEP/OCT 2013    IN JUN 2012    
IN CHILE IN NOV 2011


Many of the more than 2,200 photographs of nature's creatures 
in this website were taken during FONT tours 
at various places in the world.
But not all. Some photos have been kindly provided to us
so as to make our Lists & Photo Galleries more complete.

A purpose of this website, of course, is to present 
information about FONT tours.
But another purpose has evolved, to have a showcase
of interesting photographs by which people
not only on tours, but home at their computers,
can see the beauty and intricacy of nature.
Often people contact us about photos, either for an ID,
or simply to say they enjoy and appreciate those we have.
School teachers contact us often.
Our sincere appreciation to all
who have shared their photos with us.

The butterfly CALLICORE PYGAS at Iguazu Falls
(photo courtesy of Sherry Nelson)

OUR LISTS & PHOTO GALLERIES 
OF BUTTERFLIES, MOTHS, DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES
& OTHER INSECTS
In those of South & Central American  butterflies, 
more info has recently been added.
For those of eastern North America, Texas, & Arizona,  
info for each species includes when they fly,

    
  Below: a photo showing why
the HUMPBACK WHALE is so named,
with the humps on the back behind the dorsal fin. 
Photographed during the FONT Ecuador Tour in July 2013  
(photo by Marie Gardner)

To see more about:  HUMPBACK WHALES IN ECUADOR   




Photos on this page are among those in this web-site 
of different & assorted nature: mostly birds, but also mammals, 
amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, 
grasshoppers, marine life, wildflowers,
other plants, celestial phenomena, and more.   
There's a link at left to a directory of the photographs.
During Focus On Nature Tours, we see BIRDS mostly.
But the other nature that we also see include:
MAMMALS, BUTTERFLIES, PLANTS,
AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES.
On the left-side of this home-page, 
there are links to the files with photos
for each of these groupings.
Those photos reflect the vast array of nature
at the places we go during our tours. 

LINKS TO 
FEATURES & GALLERIES
OF INTEREST

A LIST & PHOTO GALLERY OF
NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS, in 6 Parts

PHOTOS OF BIRDS 
RARE in NORTH AMERICA 

THE 100 MOST ENDANGERED SPECIES



The Spoon-billed Sandpiper 
is in both features, in the links 
above & below this photograph.

AN ILLUSTRATED SERIES 
OF 50 BIRD BEAKS
 

A photo feature with some 
BIRDS OF CHILE
with poems of PABLO NERUDA 


ALBATROSSES
& other SEABIRDS 
off the coast of 
CHILE
   

 

 

CRANES during 
FONT Tours
in JAPAN & 
NORTH AMERICA 

SHOREBIRDS
in JAPAN
(53 species seen 
during FONT tours)

RARE BIRDS of JAPAN
(including some counts of cranes)

RARE BIRDS of BRAZIL  

RARE BIRDS of SOUTH AMERICA
in the ANDES & PATAGONIA

RARE BIRDS of the CARIBBEAN Today
& those in that region gone extinct
(incl. macaws, parrots, parakeets) 

RARE BIRDS of NORTH AMERICA 
 & MIDDLE AMERICA 
 

The GROUSE of COLORADO,
NEBRASKA, & KANSAS

 

 

 

HUMMINGBIRDS
& HAWKS 
in southern ARIZONA

        


HUMMINGBIRDS:  
A List and Photo Gallery
noting those during FONT Tours
(with 105 species in photos)

Some Photogenic BIRDS, MAMMALS,
& OTHER NATURE worldwide

BIRDS throughout the Americas  


A Feature about ALEXANDER SKUTCH
with a directory of his writings 
and a PHOTO GALLERY 
of NEOTROPICAL BIRDS

COSTA RICA: COLORFUL BIRDS


SEABIRDS
in black & white
A portfolio of photos
by Alan Brady 

Birds & Marine Life
during FONT New Jersey
pelagic trips, 2000-2005




A tiny island bursting with birds
in spring migration, 
Hegura, in the Sea of Japan
  


"Nothing's much Finer
than Birding in
Carolina"  - an essay
about birds & our tours
in NORTH CAROLINA

 


NATURELINE and the BIRDLINE
(done by Armas Hill on the phone & internet 
 for 3 decades, and on the radio for 10 years)
 with links to other 
 nature & bird-related websites)
  


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SOLAR ECLIPSES
& Other Celestial Nature
during FONT Tours

 


 



These pages last updated on 1 Nov 2014
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