BCR 126: Luke Tiller, Field Biologist

Originally from London, England, Luke transplanted to the United States in 2003. As a professional hawk watcher he traveled the world to witness raptor migration and has experience counting raptors in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He has written about birds and birding for publications here in the US and in Europe including Audubon Magazine, Bird Watch Magazine and ABA’s Birding Magazine. Since 2012 Luke has sat on the Hawk Migration Association of North America Board and chairs their Tours Committee. Luke is currently based in Altadena California and employed as a professional tour guide. You will find him at most birding festivals working on the ZEISS Sports Optics booth.

Show Notes:

  • Tell us about the development of your interest in birds and the natural world.
  • You frequently visited and re-visited certain local spots and managed to turn up some rarities through persistence. what are benefits to this approach?
  • You specialize in raptors and hawk identification. What challenges does the identification of hawk species at a distance pose?
  • The life of an itinerant hawk counter has pluses and minuses.
  • What’s the appeal for hawk watching?
  • Where are some of the really good places to go to see hawks and when?
  • Where are the best places to go for spring and or fall hawk watching in the US and abroad?
  • Bins and scopes are requisite tools for hawk watchers, tell us in general terms, what to look for when looking to purchase these tools.

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Under Clear Skies

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1 Comment

  1. Charlie Barnard Jr. on May 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Nice episode.

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