After visiting Yucatan in 2008 we decided to come back to Mexico but this time bird the Western part of the country. We hired a car in Mexico City and in 19 days birded the West Mexico sites, Baja California and some places around Mexico City.
A long weekend independent trip to Western Sahara for some desert birding with Sander Bot & Lenze Hofstee. The destination has become more interesting in recent years since it offers the chance to see Golden Nightjar and Sudan Golden Sparrow. Both were seen excellent in addition to many other new species.
A 2 week independent trip to the Philippines, visiting Luzon and Palawan. Originally we had planned to visit Mindanao (Kitanglad, PICOP) but it turned out that the guides were already fully booked by tour companies. Instead we decided to include a visit to northern Luzon and do a tracking to Sawa camp for the Whiskered Pitta.