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Dani López-Velasco

Dani López-Velasco is a young but virtually life-long Spanish birder from Salinas in Asturias province in northwestern Spain. He now lives in Madrid with his partner Cris.

Dani (pronounced Danny) started birding at the unusually early age of five, and soon became very keen, taking field notes on shorebirds, gulls and seabirds as they were the most easily seen birds near his house. When he was 10, he found, below his house, the third record of Desert Wheatear for Spain, and since then he’s been very involved with advanced bird identification and rarities. He has spent thousands of hours doing seawatching and working with seabird counts.

However, his passion, above all, is global birding, with birds of paradise being his favourite birds since he was very little. Dani has been a member of the Spanish Rarities Committee since he was 19 and has found a number of ‘firsts’ for both Spain and other countries. He has had identification papers published in many ornithological journals, including Alula, Birding World, Cotinga, Dutch Birding and Neotropical Birding.

His first birding trip outside Europe was to Costa Rica, when he was 12! Since then, he has travelled extensively in the Western Palearctic, and has birded widely all over the world too. His birding and guiding trips have already taken him to more than 50 countries on seven continents.

The oceans are a particular favourite: he has been on pelagics all over the globe and organizes pioneering trips off Spain and the Canary Islands.

Dani lived for a year in Boston, Massachusetts, and speaks impressively fluent English. When he was 19, he was part of the team who won the Oryx prize for young naturalists, which took him on a long research trip to the most remote corners of Morocco. Dani is a qualified medical doctor, something that can prove useful for remote trips. He is currently working on an advanced photographic identification guide in Spanish.

Tours Led by Dani

Giant

South America Tours

September 2019

ULTIMATE ECUADOR

Puma

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

October 2019

ULTIMATE CHILE

Wattled

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

November 2019

ULTIMATE ETHIOPIA

Whiskered

Asia Tours

February 2020

REMOTE PHILIPPINES

Tufted

North America & Caribbean Tours

March-April 2020

WESTERN MEXICO

Pallas's

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

May-June 2020

MONGOLIA

Kagu

Tours that are mostly easy

September 2020

NEW CALEDONIA, FIJI, VANUATU & SAMOA

Puma

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

October 2020

ULTIMATE CHILE

Usambara

Africa Tours

November-December 2020

ULTIMATE TANZANIA: THE EASTERN ARC

Tufted

North America & Caribbean Tours

March-April 2021

WESTERN MEXICO

Guldenstadt's

Tours of shorter duration

April-May 2021

GEORGIA: THE CAUCASUS

Pander's

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

May 2021

KAZAKHSTAN, UZBEKISTAN & TURKMENISTAN

Shoebill

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

June 2021

ULTIMATE UGANDA

Puma

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

October-November 2021

ULTIMATE CHILE

Yellow-headed

Africa Tours

November-December 2021

ULTIMATE GHANA