The Ultimate In Birding Tours

Mark Van Beirs

Mark Van Beirs lives with his partner Kathleen and daughter Caroline near Ghent, Belgium and has guided a truly remarkable number of tours for Birdquest.

Born and raised in Ghent, he was soon travelling abroad in search of birds, firstly all over Europe but soon throughout the world. His varied career has included a spell in a travel agency and fifteen months working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos and in the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador.

Mark’s impressive fluency in six languages and invariably cheerful manner allow him to travel with ease anywhere on earth and he has now visited well over 100 countries!

He has a wide-ranging knowledge of birds, but he is particularly interested in the Neotropics, where he has travelled very extensively indeed and spent many years in the field. Africa, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Southwest Pacific and Mongolia are other favourite areas, although in reality he now feels at home almost anywhere.

Mark has now observed around 9000 species of birds, but he also gets very excited about mammals and at night likes to indulge in stargazing.

Tours Led by Mark

Red-winged

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

September 2019

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Snow

Australasia & Pacific Islands Tours

October-November 2019

WEST PAPUA EXPEDITION, INDONESIA

Bohm's

Tours that are mostly easy

November 2019

MALAWI

The

Tours of shorter duration

February 2020

HONDURAS

Wandering

Tours that are mostly easy

March-May 2020

ATLANTIC ODYSSEY

Brown

Tours that are mostly easy

June 2020

LESSER ANTILLES & TRINIDAD

Príncipe

Tours of shorter duration

August 2020

SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE

Black-headed

Africa Tours

August-September 2020

GABON

Tuamotu

Tours of shorter duration

October 2020

PITCAIRN, HENDERSON & TUAMOTU ISLANDS

Niau

Tours good for bird/wildlife photography

October-November 2020

FRENCH POLYNESIA & COOK ISLANDS

Common

Tours of shorter duration

November 2020

BEST OF MADAGASCAR

Rufous

Tours of shorter duration

January 2021

SIERRA LEONE

Ocellated

Tours that are mostly easy

February-March 2021

MEXICO’S YUCATAN

Horned

North America & Caribbean Tours

March 2021

SOUTHERN MEXICO

Palmchat

Tours of shorter duration

April 2021

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & PUERTO RICO

Palmchat

Tours of shorter duration

April 2021

SWIFT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Kagu

Tours that are mostly easy

August 2021

NEW CALEDONIA, FIJI, VANUATU & SAMOA

Western

Tours of shorter duration

August 2021

BEST OF WEST PAPUA, INDONESIA

Seychelles

Tours that are mostly easy

September 2021

SEYCHELLES, MAURITIUS & RÉUNION

Comoro

Tours of shorter duration

September 2021

COMORO ISLANDS