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ORNITHOLIDAYS' TEAM

New Ornitholidays goes pink!

Sara and Paola will be in charge for logistics and in contact with local agencies around the world, guides and companies we deal with.

A tight-knit team that will be able to count on SKUA Nature Group experience.

Max, Managing Director of this group, supported by Igor and Nicola, will lead this new project with passion and its huge experience in nature tourism, developing fresh itineraries and starting new international partnerships for the purpose of offering you the most exclusive tours, safe experiences and a friendly atmosphere!

ABOUT US


Sara Genovese

Ornitholidays' Co Director

marketing@skuanature.com

mobile: +39 3280692640

A tight-knit group that share the same passion in birdwatching and wildlife photography

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OUR OFFICE TEAM


Paola M. Traspedini

Ornitholidays' Secretary

info@ornitholidays.com

Tel. from UK: 020 81449814

from outside UK: +39 0141918403


Max Biasioli

Ornitholidays' Managing Director

direzione@skuanature.com

mobile: +39 3920690207


Nicola Scatassi

Tour planner

info@ornitholidays.com

Tel. from UK: 020 81449814

from outside UK: +39 0141918403


Igor Maiorano

Tour planner

marketing@skuanature.com

Tel. from UK: 020 81449814

from outside UK: +39 0141918403

OUR TOUR LEADERS


DAVID WALSH

has recently retired from teaching and lives in Suffolk. He has been a keen birdwatcher for most of his life. Over the last few years he has led many tours to Europe,Africa and North America. His other interests include butterflies and dragonflies. David has proved very popular with Ornitholidays’ clients on the tours he recently led to Brazil, Morocco, Hungary, Corsica, Camargue and the Canary Islands. He has travelled widely in Asia and South America and the other countries he has visited include China,Tibet,Vietnam,Thailand, Indonesia, Peru andVenezuela.


RICHARD COOMBER

has been associated with Ornitholidays for over 40 years as in 1968, as a young bank clerk on the Isles of Scilly, he showed Lawrence Holloway and one of our early groups to the islands an Upland Sandpiper that he had d iscovered on St. Mary’s. By 1974 he had given up banking to run a gue- sthouse on the Isle of Mull, where in 1976 he hosted our first tour to the island. On moving back to the south in the 1980s he joined the Ornitholidays team and has now led over 250 tours covering all seven continents, visiting over 50 countries watching birds and wildlife. He is a past winner of the Dusk to Dawn section of the BBCWildlife Photographer of theYear competition and willingly shares his knowledge of digital photography with clients on tour. In addition to birds and photography he is interested in other aspects of wildlife, especially flora, butterflies and moths.When not on tour he gives illustrated talks to RSPB and other groups. He now lives near the New Forest in Hampshire where he is an active member of the Hampshire Moth Group.



SIMON BOYES

  was brought up and learnt his birds in the Cotswolds. He graduated in Classics (helpful for scienti c names of birds!) from Oxford University in 1974, and took his Master’s Degree in Environmental Conservation in Edinburgh. Before leaving college he had already travelled round Kenyan and Tanzanian game parks, overland to India and round Scandinavia. In 1976 he worked for the RSPB as a summer warden on Fetlar and at Minsmere. In 1977 Ornitholidays invited him to co-lead a tour to the Seychelles, which turned out to be the  rst of many international tours. Since then he has become one of Ornitholidays’ principal leaders and has now led over 300 tours to all seven continents. There can be few bird tour leaders in the world that rival Simon’s knowledge of world birds. He is especially interested in bird-song and taxonomy; and his other interests include swimming, snorkelling, wildlife gardening, cricket and playing the mandolin. He lives with his family in the Welsh borders.


NIGEL JONES

His interest in birds and natural history led to a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, then to employment as Assistant Warden on Fair Isle in the Shetlands and as an ornithologist working in the Camargue, France. Subsequent posts in teaching and research have  finally culminated in his position running Ornitholidays since 1990. He has travelled extensively to all seven continents in search of birds.


MARCO VALENTINI

is a nature photographer living in Rome. He has been able in a few years of digital photography to glean more than 1200 species of birds, and several mammals, visiting nearly 100 countries. He has been involved in conservation matters since many years, as well as in environmental education. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has a pluriennal experience on leading wordwide tours and expeditions.


NICOLA SCATASSI

has been interested in birds, and nature in general, since he was young. He is an excellent birdwatcher, and he also has a very deep knowledge on the other groups of animals. His ornithological interest is perfectly combined with his great passion for travelling through the Italian Peninsula and to all continents, including trips to Iran. Since 2000 he has been guiding nature and bird watching tours. He speaks  fluent English and he has led and co-led Ornitholidays' tours to Italy and Georgia for the past few years, as well as many worldwide tours for SKUA in the past.

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PAUL ROGERS

has had a life-long interest in natural history, which is underlined by his qualifications in Ecology and Animal Behaviour gained at London University. He is a principal leader for Ornitholidays and has led over 230 tours. He now has the privilege of living at Shorelands on Anglesey,  the former home of wildlife artist CharlesTunnicliffe. He is widely travelled in Europe, North America and Africa and lectures on ornithology, ecology and all aspects of natural history.


MAX BIASIOLI

is SKUA Nature Group Managing Director.

He’s been interested in nature since he was young and he has delved deeper into ornithology, herpetology, entomology, therology and botany.

He has developed various conservation and popularization projects working with public and private companies and organizations.

He is also the author of several books about conservation and ornithology.

For years he’s been travelling around Western Palearctic and beyond and he is an expert tour leader able to get clients involved into the research and discovery of every gift nature can offer. He speaks fluent Spanish and a good English.


IGOR MAIORANO

is a nature lover since he was young. He has been travelling around Western Palearctic for years birdwatching in many countries from the Arctic to the deserts of Northern Africa.

He is passionate about sharing his love for nature and birds to other people and he loved being a guide in SKUA Nature' Ultima Frontiera and spanish INNATE reserves for one year. He speaks Fluent English and some spanish.


LUCA BOSCAIN

is one of SKUA Nature’s guides who has worked at Ultima Frontiera in the Danube Delta in Romania, as well as on some of the Spanish photographic estates. He is fluent in a number of languages (Spanish,French, Italian), including English, and is a great birder and all-round naturalist, with a good sense of humour. He co-led Ornitholidays' tours in Italy in the past years, as well as he led several tours to different destinations for SKUA and was co-leader for italian destinations for other english tour operators.

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GABOR ORBAN

became interested in birding whilst a young boy and later widened his interests to botany, geology and zoology. During the 80’s and 90’s he led several tours firstly in Hungary, then in other Eastern European countries and Western Europe as well. He lived and worked for years in the US criss-crossing the continent several times. He became a licensed professional birdwatching and nature guide, and since 2006 he has spent six months every year in Latin America and six months in Eastern Europe.

He has a passion for Africa as well and has led many of our Ethiopian tours. He leads birding, nature, cultural, buttery and photographic tours worldwide. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of nature and the culture of different countries and his hobbies include nature and wildlife photography, birding and travelling to hidden places.


BERT PALTHE

is a long-standing registered guide and has many years of experience, both in tourism and wildlife conservation. After qualifying as a specialist in Nature Conservation, he went on to manage exclusive game reserves in the previous Eastern and NorthernTransvaal. He is now a full time tour leader based in CapeTown. Bert has a passionate interest in wildlife,birds and nature conservation, and genuinely enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge with others. He has led our Natural History tours to the Cape region for the past few years and he has proved very popular with our groups.


MARK AYRE

lives on the South Island of New Zealand and has been a keen birder for most of his life. He is originally from the UK, where he worked as a warden on various bird reserves. Mark is very active in the local Royal Forest and Bird Protection Societies and is particularly involved in the conservation management of the endangered Mohua (Yellowhead). He has led our tour to New Zealand for the past 13 years.    


GABOR SIMAY

has been interested in birds and nature conservation since his first years in primary school. During his studies at the University of Debrecen he deepened his knowledge on birds, carried out research on ground-nesting birds of the Hortobágy National Park, spending most of his time in the field. His favourite area is the Bihar Plain and the Hortobágy. In 2008 he started to work for the Hortobágy National Park as a full time warden in the Bihar Plain area. He is also a member of the Hungarian Rarity Committee. He frequently visits other parts of Hungary as well as many sites of the Carpathian Basin to study birds. As a keen birdwatcher and photographer, he has visited several different Western Palearctic countries (e.g.Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Jordan), as well as Namibia, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia,Thailand, Malaysia and India. He speaks perfect English and some German.


FRANK MCCLINTOCK

was born in Africa and educated in England. He emigrated to Portugal over 20 years ago and bought some scrubland and a few ruins overlooking a vast, man-made lake. He has turned this property into Paradise in Portugal, a guest lodge, which, in addition to a view to die for, offers excellent eco-friendly accommodation. He has always had a passion for nature and has been a professional bird guide for over 10 years.


VICTOR OWUSU

was born in Eziama in the Western Region of Ghana close to Ankasa Reserve surrounded by the upper guinea rainforest. His childhood was spent exploring the forests around his community and is the main reason for his exceptional ability to identify and  find the most difficult species. He is a very experienced guide having led over 100 tours and his calm and professional style ensures a smooth and enjoyable trip for all the tour participants. Now in his mid-thirtiesVictor knows all the birds by song and call and can identify all the West African species. He has a love of nature and is also very knowledgeable on the culture and history of Ghana which he enjoys sharing with clients.     


ENRIQUE COUVE

is an Industrial Design Engineer by profession, but a naturalist at heart and has been birdwatching for more than 40 years. He is extremely knowledgeable about Chilean birds, having travelled from the High Andes in northern Chile to the frozen Antarctic seas. He is extremely skilled in finding and identifying birds in the field.  Enrique is also the main author of the forthcoming book entitled Field Guide to the Birds of Chile and also author of Birds of Patagonia,Tierra del Fuego and Antarctic Peninsula. He is an excellent nature photographer, having one of the most complete photographic collections of Chile’s birds and other wildlife. He is a partner and Director of Fantastico Sur and lives in Punta Arenas with his wife Cecilia and their four children.


KAZ SHINODA

has been integrally involved in the logistics and planning of o u r J a p a n  b i r d w a t c h i n g  t o u rs.  

H e w a s b o r n i n Yo k o h a m a , J a p a n , i n 1 9 5 7 . F r o m a g e 11 to 14 he lived in SouthAfrica with his family and often went on safari where he learned about the fascinating world of wildlife. He later became a birdwatcher,  and has now been a keen birder for  about 20 years. Kaz graduated from Waseda University inTokyo,and then taught English to high school students for more than two decades before dedicating himself to guiding visiting birders in theTokyo area and around Japan. As a birding guide with more than a decade of experience, he has led birders throughout the Japanese Archipelago. As a nationally licensed English-speakingTour Guide, Kaz is knowledgeable not only about birding in Japan, but also about Japanese geography, history, and especially culture, important subjects that help enhance a birding trip to this culturally unique country.

His guiding experience has taken him throughout the country from Hokkaido to Okinawa and many places in between includingTobishima,Karuizawa,Mount Fuji, Hachijo & Miyake-jima, Kyushu, and Amami. Kaz’s considerable organizational and logistical skills are key to the success of our tour in Japan, while his philosophy of giving clients an enjoyable and rewarding birding experience makes him an extremely popular guide.


DEEPAL WARAKAGODA

is one of Sri Lanka’s top birdwatching tour guides and the author of the new Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka. He will be happy to show us virtually all of the country’s endemic birds on our tour. He has been the leader on our last 11 holidays to Sri Lanka.  

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Paola Traspedini

Secretary & Logistic Coordinator

We speak English, Italian, Spanish, French and Russian


From UK:

020 81449814


From other Countries:

+39 0141 918403


info@ornitholidays.com


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