world2We spent 2015 doing a “Big Year” around the   world. We had a goal of finding 2300 birds in 210 days but we ended the year with 2,448 species. 

From January 1st – July 28th, 2015, we traveled to 13 regions:


a total of 9 countries on 14 flights

(To visit our blog detailing more about the trip, click on “The Trip 2015” at the top and click “Trip Updates.”)

2015 has come and gone, but our adventures will continue. All future adventures will be documented here, on budgetbirders.com

For more information on DIY birding we have organized


“Do It Yourself” Birding Site Guides so that anyone interested, and also on a budget, can plan their own birding trip around the world.

For guide information and trip reports click the link above. (See also “By the numbers” for detailed descriptions of our trip costs.)

Equipment Used:

binoculars recorder camera scope
Nikon Binoculars
Premier 8×42
Olympus Audio Recorder
Canon Camera
7D MKII; 100-400mm lens
Leica Spotting Scope
Televid 65

Our Mission:
 to help educate birders who are thinking about DIY birding trips around the world. Together we plan to use this website as a means to share our travel, research, and adventures with you.