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Ethics & Compliance

Ethics & Tips

ETHICAL BIRDING

  1.  Avocet & Peregrine have an unflinching respect and concern for the birds and other wildlife. Therefore, we do not do or encourage calls or any kind of baiting. We request our clients to kindly respect this.
  2. Clients are advised not to use flash while photographing birds.
  3. For night birding, the client needs to come with a torch with suitable lumens, which the guide will handle during the photography. We do not provide torches for shooting and therefore not responsible for the photographic output quality.
  4. Specially for night birding trips, clients are advised to wear rubber soled shoes instead of PVC soles found in popular sneaker brands. PVC soles make crunching sound that disturb night birds.
  5. Clients are advised not disturb birds or shoo them to capture flight shots or to chase elusive /shy birds. The best practice is to leave the birds to themselves and proceed to the next bird.
  6. We ensure that our forays into birding zones have a minimum carbon footprint and least disturbance to the areas we explore. Hence, we restrict our group size to not more than 4 persons per trip. This can be validated by our trip reports. We are completely against mass troops of birders in busloads trampling upon pristine habitats which hurts the long term interest of the environment, birders and our business model.
  7. Avocet & Peregrine reserves the right to abort the trip at any moment if ethical birding practices described above are breached. No refund will be given for the balance uncompleted part of the trip.
  8. Clients are requested not to disturb nests of birds when encountered during the trips.
  9. Trash is seen everywhere in Goa and much of India. This is a serious problem and more so for the environment. Trash is even present in protected areas. Creating and disposing trash during the trips is a serious no-no. Picking up trash during birding trips will be appreciated as a community service and we always carry trash bags and gloves in the car in the event a client likes to help in picking up the trash.

TIPS

  1. Our packages are designed in a manner that budget prices are available only for groups. In case, your overriding concern while planning your trip is the budget, then the best option would be to opt for the budget group offers such as the Goa Express, Goa Extended and the Ganeshgudi Expedition Trips.
  2. Continuing on group all inclusive packages, the effort on getting the group together lies with the lead member. We cannot be given the responsibility of acquiring more clients to fulfill the group total requirement. We have kept  the package cost to the minimum and it does not include the costs incurred towards client acquisition. 
  3. Booking very much is advance is very helpful. Our peak season are the months of October, November, December, January and February. Many of our clients are visitors from other countries and they make their travel arrangements much in advance.
  4. The most important value we offer to our clients is the experience. We try to control the entire experience including the details which are often overlooked. This includes the vehicle operated by us. Other details are stock of bottled water, tissues, charging points and even AC charging points for cameras (only in emergency). We are not comfortable going in vehicles organized and driven by the clients  since many bird opportunities come up incidental to driving and the vehicle is a rather perfect mobile hide while approaching the birds. Nevertheless our vehicle cost is about Rs 2500 per day including fuel and overheads. The average distance covered by the vehicle is about 200-250 kilometres a day. This is markedly lower than an opportunity cost of a vehicle if hired or owned by the client. Further, the air-conditioning in the vehicle is always kept running even while idling or parked unless requested to be turned off by the client.
  5. Those engaging us on Day Trips need to select a convenient nearby location to stay. Our ground zero for pick-ups and drops is the Paryatan Bhavan – the headquarters of Goa Tourism Development Corporation. We can deviate and pick you from the place of your stay but we reserve the right to take a call on this.
  6. Clients are advised to be punctual specially during pick-ups during morning since the target birds can be found only at the designated spots and at the designated time. Delays build up over the course of the day and it becomes difficult to keep up to the itinerary planned for you. 
  7. In case of Day Trips, we often encounter clients who want to join a a planned trip. The rules for this are that the costs are shared between the first client and the new client. The extent of sharing is between group of clients and not number of persons. The right of refusal for this arrangement lies with the client booking the trip first.
  8. We suggest to clients to use the enquiry forms against each package or trip before checking out. Please use the enquiry forms to clarify details about the trip. We will not be able to help much in case a trip is booked and paid for in error.
  9. Kindly go through our fact sheets for each birding hotspot and the trip reports . These can help you decide your birding targets in Goa and with us.
  10. You can check our credentials in the menu titled References. This menu gives insight into what we do and what we are about!