Peter R. Bono
Activities and Interests




Peter's interests include international travel, classical music, "oldies-but-goodies," and reading.
However, his chief hobbies are bird watching and collecting stamps that show birds as their main subject.

As of December 10, 2015:

        • Peter’s US life list (ABA area) stands at 683 species (out of a possible 800+). His latest ABA lifers were two new species to the ABA list: introduced and now established Egyptian Goose and Gray-headed Swamphen in Florida.  He also gained a species with the splitting out of the Ridgway’s Rail from Clapper Rail.
        • Peter’s World life list (Clement's 6th edition including updates through August 2015) stands at 6216 species (out of a possible 10300+): 
          6052 seen and 164 heard only. 
        • In October 2015, a 21-day Central Brazil trip (“Safari Brazil” with Field Guides, Inc., led by Marcelo Padua and Jay Vandergaast) added 46 lifers.  The first part of the trip was to the southern Pantanal, where Hyacinth Macaw and Bare-faced Curassow were highlights, along with Giant Anteater, Jaguar, Ocelot and Anaconda. Next, we visited Emas National Park, where Giant Snipe, Cock-tailed Tyrant, White-winged Nightjar, and Campo Miner were found.  We also saw a Brazilian Tapir along the road early one morning.  Finally, we went to three mountain ranges in the Atlantic Forest near Belo Horizonte: Serra do Cipó, Serra da Caraça, and Serra da Canastra.  Blue Finch, Horned Sungem, Hyacinth Visorbearer, Serra Antwren, Brazilian Merganser, and Rock and Brazilia Tapaculo were some of the highlights.  In addition, we had wonderful views of a female Maned Wolf (not a wolf and not a fox).  Click here for a full trip report.  Photos are in two albums: the Pantanal and the Serras.
        • In August 2015, he picked up 15 “armchair” species with the latest Clements updates including Somali Ostrich, Newell’s Shearwater, and Mexican Hermit, along with several South American, South African and Asian splits.  Click here to see my current eBird “Top 100” ranking.  Click here (and change the number of records per page to 100) to see his ABA ranking—much lower because not every ABA lister enters sightings into eBird and, even if they do, they have not necessarily had time to enter all their sightings records yet into eBird, so their totals on eBird are lower than they are on the ABA Listing Central site (e.g., #3 Peter Kaestner shows 2000 more species on the ABA ranking compared to his eBird totals).
        • In April-May 2015, a 19-day Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru trip added 30 lifers—25 of them on the Galapagos, including 11 Darwin’s finches, all 4 mockingbirds, Lava & Swallow-tailed Gulls, Galapagos Penguin, Petrel, Dove, Hawk, and Flycatcher, Flightless Cormorant, Nazca Booby, and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel.  In Ecuador, Scaled Fruiteater and four antpittas including a lifer Giant Antpitta were the highlights.  In Peru, at Machu Picchu, he managed to pick up Green-and-white Hummingbird.  Click here for a full trip report.  The three photo albums can be found here.
        • In January 2015, a 11-day Southern Caribbean cruise added 11 lifers—10 of them on St. Lucia, where we hired a local naturalist guide.  St. Lucia endemics seen included St. Lucia Parrot, Warbler, Black-finch, and Oriole.  The other lifers are Lesser Antillean endemics like White-breasted and Scaly-breasted Thrasher, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Saltator, and Pewee, and Purple-throated Carib.  Barbados Bullfinch was seen and photographed several times on Barbados. Click here for a full trip report.  Selected photos can be found here.
        • In October 2014, a Field Guides trip to Northwest Argentina added 88 species including Andean and James’s Flamingo, Rufous-throated Dipper, Red-tailed Comet, Giant and Horned Coot, White-browed and Zimmer’s Tapaculo, Salinas Monjita, Tucuman Parrot and Mountain-Finch, Crested and Sandy Gallito, White-throated Cachalote, Spot-winged Falconet, and several new warbling-finches, brush-finches, sierra-finches, and flycatchers.  Click here for a full trip report.  Photos can be found here.
        • In May 2014, Peter passed the 6000 threshold by seeing 121 new lifers on a very productive trip with Zoothera Birding to Sichuan, China (see this trip description).  #6000 was a Chinese Gray Shrike.  There were many highlights including Crested Ibis, Black-necked Crane, 13 new pheasants and allies, 3 new woodpeckers, several parrotbills, 8 new tits, Ground Tit, Firethroat, Crested and White-browed Tit-Warbler, Sichuan Jay, Przevalski’s and Snowy-browed nuthatches, Tibetan Lark, Slaty and Pallas’s Bunting, numerous rosefinches and laughingthrushes, 3 new grosbeaks, 2 new snowfinches, 2 new accentors, and many new bush-warblers and leaf-warblers. 
          Click here for a full trip report.  Selected photos can be found here.
        • In Sep-Oct 2013, a fabulous trip to South Africa (with a visit to Sani Pass, Lesotho) with Birding Africa resulted in 512 species (including 210 lifers) with many South African country and regional endemics.  Highlights include Cape Griffin, Black Harrier, Southern Bald Ibis, Buff-spotted Flufftail (seen—two other flufftails heard only), Damara Tern, Ground Woodpecker, lots of Karoo specialties, many endemic larks and several endemic sunbirds, Knysna and Livingstone Turacos, Cape and Gurney’s Sugarbirds, Cape and Drakensburg Rockjumpers, Woodward’s and Pririt Batis, Green-backed and Pink-sided Twinspot, and Barratt’s, Knysna, Victorin’s, and Namaqua Warblers—all hard to see skulkers.  Click here to see the list of species seen on the trip (one record per species per country) and click here for a full trip report.  Photos of many of the South African birds, mammals and scenery can be found here.
        • In August 2013, he picked up 17 “armchair” species with the latest Clements updates including Iberian Magpie, Japanese and Cinereous Tit, Blue-headed Bee-eater, and Bismarck Crow along with several South American and Southeast Asian splits. 
        • In February 2013, a fabulous and comprehensive tour of Ghana with Birdquest (Nik Borrow, guide) delivered 217 new species (13 heard only) including such mega-specialities as White-necked Rockfowl, Egyptian Plover, Congo Serpent Eagle, Hartlaub’s Duck, Nkulengu Rail, Forbes’s Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar, Rosy and Black Bee-eater, Yellow-throated and Thick-billed Cuckoo, five spectacular turacos, and many new hornbills, sunbirds, greenbuls, and weavers.  Click here for the whole trip report.  For photos of birds, click here; for mammals, click here.
        • In August 2012, the latest Clements update added 14 “armchair” species including splits of House Sparrow, Common Stonechat, Golden Whistler,
          Little Spiderhunter, and a number of Philippine species newly split from their south Asian congeners.
        • In September 2011, a great tour with Field Guides to Manaus and the Brazilian Amazon resulted in 108 new species including
          Harpy Eagle, Orange-breasted Falcon, many Guianan Shield endemics, and lots of localized ant-“things”.  Click here for the whole trip report.
        • In August 2011, the latest Clements update added 13 “armchair” species including Common Gallinule, Snowy Plover, and
          a number of Philippine species newly split from their south Asian congeners.
        • In July 2011, a wonderful tour with Colombia Birding to the East, Central, and Western Andes resulted in 123 new species including many
          Colombian endemics: parrots, hummingbirds, tanagers, and more.  Click here for the whole trip report.
        • In November 2009, a cruise in French Polynesia (Tahiti, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Huahine, Bora Bora, and Moorea) yielded 12 new species including Tahiti Petrel, Kingfisher, Monarch, Swiftlet, and Reed-Warbler; Kermadec Petrel, Christmas Shearwater, Blue Noddy,
          Gray-backed Tern, Gray-green Fruit-Dove, Blue Lorikeet, and Bristle-thighed Curlew.  Click here for the whole trip report.
        • In July 2009, he added 47 species as a result of a 15-day birding trip with Legacy Tours to Southern Mexico. 
          Life birds included White-bellied Chachalaca, Great Curassow, Double-striped Thick-knee, Tuxtla Quail-Dove, Pacific Parakeet, Pacific Screech Owl, Blue-capped, Azure-throated, and Wine-throated Hummingbirds, Slender Sheartail, Tody and Blue-throated Motmot, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet, Belted Flycatcher, Gray-collared Becard, Black-capped Swallow,
          Giant, Nava’s, Rufous-browed, and Sumichrast’s Wren, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Slate-colored Solitaire, Rufous-collared Robin,
          Aztec Thrush, Azure-hooded, Black-throated, Dwarf, and Unicolored Jay, Slaty and Dwarf Video, Green Shrike-Vireo, Hooded Yellowthroat, Pink-headed Warbler, Red-headed Tanager, Ruddy-breasted and Blue Seedeater, White-throated Towhee, Bridled,
          Cinnamon-tailed (Sumichrast’s), and Oaxaca Sparrow, Rose-bellied (Rosita’s) Bunting, and Bar-winged Oriole. 
          Click here for the whole trip report.
        • In January 2009, he added 16 species as a result of a 6-day birding get-away to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  Life birds included Ocellated Turkey, Ruddy Crake, Gray-headed Dove, Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Nightjar, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, White-bellied Emerald, Mexican Sheartail, Tawny-winged and Ruddy Woodcreeper, Stub-tailed Spadebill, Yucatan Wren, Gray-throated Chat,
          Yellow-winged Tanager, Green-backed Sparrow and Blue Bunting.  Click here for the whole trip report.
        • His home yard list from July 1975 to February 2002 is available (click here).


You may select from the following to see a sampling of his photos and to download his trip reports. Not all the sets of photos are available--these are marked with an asterisk. The trip reports are in HTML format and may be printed after viewing.

Alaska 2007 Photos

2007 Alaska Trip Report

Argentina 1989 Photos*

Argentina Report covering trips in 1989 & 2003

Argentina 2003 Photos

2003 Argentina Trip Report

Australia Photos

Australia Report covering trips in 1986 & 1999

Brazil Photos

1989 Brazil Trip Report

Brazil (Northeast) Photos

2000 Northeast Brazil Trip Report

Brazil (Southeast) Photos

2003 Southeast Brazil Trip Report

Brazil (Rio Negro Paradise) Photos

2011 Brazil (Rio Negro Paradise) Trip Report

Chile 2003 Photos

2003 Chile Trip Report

Colombia 2011 Photos

2011 Colombia Trip Report

Costa Rica Photos

Costa Rica Report covering trips in 1997 & 1998

Dominican Republic 2007 Photos

2007 Dominican Republic Report

Ecuador Photos

1995 Ecuador Trip Report

East Falkland Island Photos

2003 East Falkland Island Trip Report

French Polynesia Photos

2009 French Polynesia including Pacific Princess Cruise

Ghana 2013 Photos

2013 Ghana Trip Report

Greece Photos

Greece Report covering trips in 1990, 2000, & 2008

Hong Kong and South China Photos

1994 Hong Kong and South China Trip Report

India Photos

1988 India Trip Report

India Birds & Animals

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Japan Photos

1990 Japan Trip Report

Kenya Photos

1991 Kenya Trip Report

Madagascar Photos

1998 Madagascar Trip Report

Malaysia and Borneo Photos

1997 Malaysia and Borneo Trip Report

Mexico Photos

Mexico Report covering trips in 1995 & 1998

Mexico 2007 Photos*

Mexico 2007: Acapulco to Mexico City

Mexico (Yucatan) 2009 Photos

Mexico 2009: Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz) 2009 Photos

Mexico 2009: Southern Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz)

New Zealand Photos

1986 New Zealand Trip Report

Papua New Guinea Photos

1999 Papua New Guinea Trip Report

Philippines Photos

2001 Philippines Trip Report

Peru (Central & Northern Images)

2002 Central & Northern Peru Trip Report (combined)

Peru (Central Images Only)

2002 Central Peru Trip Report Only

Video of Solitary Eagle in flight

Birding the Lima Coast and Central Highway (Narrative)

Peru (Northern Images Only)

2002 Northern Peru Trip Report Only

Southeast Peru (Slideshow)

2008 SE Peru (Manu Biosphere) Trip Report

Singapore Photos

2001 Singapore Trip Report

South Africa/Lesotho Photos

2013 South Africa/Lesotho Trip Report

Southern Oceans Pelagic Photos

Southern Cone Photos*

2003 Southern Cone Trip Report

Spain Photos

Spain Report covering trips in 1993 & 1996

Thailand 2006 Photos

2006 Thailand Trip Report

Trinidad & Tobago Photos

1995 Trinidad & Tobago Trip Report

Uruguay 2003 Photos*

2003 Uruguay Trip Report

Western Caribbean 2005 Photos*

2005 Western Caribbean Trip Report