Carl is an excellent guide. We did a half day with him, starting in the early a.m. (6:30 a.m.) We started at Sheep Lakes and drove the Trail Road to Medicine Bow Curve and back. Carl knows all the great birding areas in RMNP and was able to help us see and photograph many life… Read more “Everything Was Perfect!”
Once again, Carl & Christian delivered on a fantastic birding experience; tailored to my targets and to my pace. I like to cover a lot of ground, get to multiple habitats and essentially “big day” bird every day. Whether it is chasing after lifers, getting quality time with a few species, a day trip or… Read more “Awesome as Always!”
We really enjoyed our day out with Christian. He prepared a plan for the day centered around our requests with lunch options that maximized our chance to continue birdwatching. Being new to the Denver area we saw many birds for the first time. Christian was able to easily locate birds using sight or sound effortlessly.… Read more “Day Out with Christian”
I spent 2 days with Christian mainly looking for white-tailed ptarmigan. Christian is a very caring guide. He takes time to get to know the client and will tailor the trip to suit client’s needs. He also knows a lot about plants, other wildlife such as mammals…etc. I highly recommend him. Thank you Christian.
Christian was great company and very professional throughout the weekend. We hit nearly all my target birds in just two days including high altitude and prairie birds. He was knowledgeable, patient, and fun to be with. I would love to go back birding with him again.
We had an awesome day with Marcel. Saw over 43 species at 5 different sites. Best guide ever and a joy to be with for the day.
I contacted Carl when I had a business trip out to Colorado, which I was able to extend over the weekend. I didn’t have any specific targets, just wanted to hit a few hotspots, but Carl devised an itinerary that still yielded six life birds for me, during a really fun day driving around with… Read more “Weekend Birding Trip”
Carl not only put me on a lot of great birds, he is also very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to bird with. He was professional and made the planning process easy. He communicated well and in a timely manner. I will be birding with him and or Colorado Birding Adventures again in the… Read more “Outstanding!”
I had a private 5 day birding tour with Carl Bendorf of Colorado Birding Adventures in early May 2019. The trip was a success right from the beginning. I hit it off right away with Carl as he is very easy going and has a good sense of humor. We saw a very close White-Tailed… Read more “A success right from the beginning”
I’m finally approaching 700 lifers for North America as are my trip companions, Pam and Ed. We decided to maximize our efficiency by hiring a guide. We’re so glad we picked Carl. Sure, we could have used ebird and hoped we could find the right locations. However, Carl knows the locations, the wildlife (not only… Read more “Definitely 5 Stars!”
We were on a short visit from Ontario, Canada and arranged for a half day of birding with Carl. He was very receptive to my email requests for a specific day and target species. He picked the two of us up promptly at the planned time, and provided extra binoculars, water and snacks. He also… Read more “A Terrific Experience”
We grownups and grandchildren had fun with Carl. We were in town for a wedding and Carl brought us to Lyon where we walked,talked, phished, and stood in awe. I loved how Carl always made sure to lower the scope so the kids got a grand view of the great Horned Owl, the Golden Eagle,… Read more “Great Birding Adventure”
Colorado Birding Adventures organized a wonderful “target birding” private tour for me on extremely short notice. My excellent guide, Marcel Such, displayed superb birding skills and up-to-the-second knowledge of Mountain Plover, McCown’s Longspur, Red-naped Sapsucker and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, all the four life birds I wanted to see plus many other interesting Colorado specialties. I highly… Read more “Outstanding Birding Guides!”
I’ve had the pleasure of birding with Colorado Birding Adventures in both winter and summer, and both trips exceeded my expectations! My first trip was in Feb. 2018 with Christian. I had an ambitious “wish list” of species, and he found most of them. This required quite a bit of persistence and expertise; esp. for… Read more “Found Species I Didn’t Even Know About!”
I spent a most enjoyable day birding with Carl. Most of our day was spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery alone was simply breathtaking. I had given Carl a list of five bird species of which I was most interested in seeing. And didn’t Carl nail ALL of them, with STUNNING views. Our… Read more “Birding Colorado? Do it right!”
Birding in Colorado was a “Rocky Mountain High” for me! I spent two packed days of birding with Colorado Birding Adventures while my wife was in Denver on a business trip. Those two days were easily some of the best days of birding I’ve ever experienced. Carl Bendorf, lead guide and owner, made it an… Read more “Some of the Best Birding Days I’ve Ever Experienced”
“I recently had a phenomenal 2.5 days of birding with Carl Bendorf, the owner of Colorado Birding Adventures. I am an experienced bird photographer but had never had the opportunity to photograph in Colorado. I reached out to Carl to not only help maximize my time but take advantage of his skill and experience to… Read more “Can’t Recommend Enough!”
” I was thrilled with how in-tune my guide, Carl Bendorf, was with helping me find the birds I was looking for. In my case, I was trying to see and photograph as many Colorado birds as possible in a few days, and Carl really went above and beyond to help me achieve that goal. He… Read more “Above and beyond – a thrilling birding experience!”
Truly outstanding and memorable… not only an amazing birding adventure, but a special life learning experience!
“We were enthralled by our 5 hours of birding around Rocky Mountain National Park. Several picturesque and strategic stops around the park were highlighted by strolls through wooded and forested trails– home to majestic mammals and spectacular birds. Basic birding skills were employed to highlight the experience. Once a species was spotted, significant time was… Read more “Truly outstanding and memorable… not only an amazing birding adventure, but a special life learning experience!”
“A Sunday thru Saturday tour with exceptional skill in finding target birds. Planning and research prior to trip was well done as was follow up after the trip with photos and trip details.”
“As Executive Director of Seven Ponds Nature Center in Lapeer County, Michigan, I contacted Carl about six months ago to inquire about his interest in working with a tour group from Michigan for an extended tour in June of 2017. Carl was very enthusiastic, and within a week of exchanging emails we had worked out… Read more “Highly Recommended Without Hesitation”
“My son and I went on our very first birding expedition with Carl, who is a knowledgable and experienced guide. He was wonderful with my teenage son, answering all of my son’s questions with patience and wisdom. I wasn’t a natural with the binoculars, so Carl took out the telescope. Wow! The detail on even… Read more “A Beautiful Day. A Beautiful Experience”
“Carl is an experienced, knowledgeable, and personable guide! I chose the full-day trip in Rocky Mountain National Park, telling Carl that although finding life-list birds was my main interest, I also wanted to see the spectacular scenery of the park itself. The itinerary he put together was perfect. I saw two life-listers: a White-tailed Ptarmigan… Read more “I Highly Recommend Colorado Birding Adventures”
“I had a great time birding in Rocky Mountain National Park with Colorado Birding Adventures. Carl Bendorf was a companion as well as a guide. He knew a lot about the various habitats and the locales of where to find specific species. Admittedly, mid-August isn’t the best time to see large numbers of birds, but… Read more “It Was a Great Experience!”
“Carl was a fantastic guide on our 6 day Colorado Birding trip. Carl not only found for us an incredible number of birds like Sage Grouse and her chicks , a male Ptarmigan, Rosy Finch, Lazuli Bunting, Lark Bunting and so much, much more, but also numerous Elk including an Elk and her calf, Bull… Read more “Excellent Colorado Birding Trip!”
“Six day tour of grasslands/foothills/mountains, 144 bird species, 13 lifers, oodles of non-bird wildlife, fabulous scenery, great food/lodging, and fantastic leadership. What’s not to like? Heck, we even had perfect weather! Highlights for me in the bird category were white-tailed ptarmigan, long-billed curlew, sage grouse, mt. plover, barn owl, two longspurs and a rosy finch.… Read more “Smooth and productive Colorado lifer tour!”
“Colorado Birding Adventures and Carl Bendorf provided me with the experience of a lifetime. Carl worked with me in advance of the trip and then designed a two-day itinerary aimed at finding as many of my target birds as possible. We spent two full days exploring Rocky Mountain National Park from Medicine Bow Curve to… Read more “Knowledgeable, friendly and flexible!”
“Awesome trip with Carl! My husband and I joined two other couples on a six-day customized tour with him and John Rutenbeck, looking for Colorado specialties. His pretrip research and planning quickly became obvious, and every evening he updated it to give us the best chance of seeing the target birds. Result: we saw 15… Read more “Awesome Trip…One of our best ever!”
“Just birded Colorado and Kansas. Six full days. Covered much of Colorado. Saw all possible lifers (just three). Saw Gunnison Sage-grouse, Lesser Prairie-chicken and White-tailed Ptarmigan. Also Lewis’ Woodpecker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, two Rosy-finches.”