Das CAYAYA BIRDING Team

CAYAYA BIRDING wurde von Knut Eiserman und Claudia Avendaño in 2003 gegründet. Beide sind seit den 1990er Jahren aktive Ornithologen in Guatemala. Knut und Claudia führen seit 1998 Vogelbeobachtungsreisen in Guatemala.

Cayaya Birding founders
Gründer von CAYAYA BIRDING.

Knut und Claudia unterstützen Ornithologie, Vogelbeobachtung und Naturschutz in Guatemala. Mit dem PROEVAL RAXMU Vogelmonitoring-Programm haben sie eine Aktualisierung der Informationen zur Vogelverbreitung in Guatemala zusammengefasst, veröffentlicht in 2007 bei Lynx Edicions (Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala).

Beide haben unter dem Dach von BirdLife International und der Sociedad Guatemalteca de Ornitolgía die Identifizierung der Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Guatemala koordiniert.

Claudia und Knut haben erfolgreich die Entwicklung von Vogelbeobachtungsgebieten unterstützt, u.a. Los Tarrales; durch Beratung, die Ausbildung von lokalen Guides, und Öffentlicheitsarbeit (Websites und gedruckte Artikel in Zeitschriften).

Durch Christmas Birds Counts und die Unterstützung von eBird fördern Knut und Claudia die Vogelbeobachtung als Hobby in Guatemala.


birding guides GuatemalaKnut Eisermann, Ingenieur (FH) für Landschaftsnutzung und Naturschutz.

Knut leitet seit 1998 Vogelbeobachtungsreisen in Guatemala in deutsch, englisch und spanisch. Er lebt seit 1997 in Guatemala. Seine Untersuchungen zur Verbreitung und Lebensweise von Vögeln wurden in mehreren Artikeln und Buchkapiteln veröffentlicht, inkl. einer kommentierten Artenliste (Lynx Edicions 2007). Von 2004 bis 2015 stellte er einen vierteljährlichen Beobachtungsbericht besonderer Vogelbeobachtungen in Guatemala für die Zeitschrift "North American Birds" zusammen.

Knut wurde 1973 in Chemnitz geboren. Sein Interesse an der Natur wurde durch seinen Vater im Alter von 10 Jahren geweckt. Angefangen hat alles mit der lokalen Vogelwelt. Später kamen Fledermäuse, Libellen, Heuschrecken und die Flora hinzu. Als Mitglied des Vereins Sächsischer Ornithologen widmete er sich sechs Jahre lang einem Forschungs- und Schutzprojekt für die Dohle.

Sein Studium als Ingenieur für Landschaftsnutzung und Naturschutz an der Fachhochschule Eberswalde schloss er mit einer Diplomarbeit über die Vogelfauna eines Bergnebelwaldes in Guatemala ab. Während dieser 1997/98 ausgeführten Studie wurde Knut von Guatemala und den Tropen "infiziert".
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birding guides GuatemalaClaudia Avendaño, Biologin.

Claudia wurde 1974 geboren und wuchs in Guatemala Stadt auf. Sie studierte Chemie und Biologie an der San Carlos Universität Guatemala.

Ihr Biologiestudium schloss sie mit einer Diplomarbeit über die Avifauna des Nationalparks "Laguna Lachuá" ab. Während der zweijährigen Untersuchung erwarb sie umfangreiche Kenntnisse über die guatemaltekische Avifauna sowie die Kultur der Q'eqchi' Maya.

Mit diesem Wissen realisierte sie die Ausbildung von drei Q’eqchi’ Maya Indianern zu wissenschaftlichen Vogelkartierern in der Gemeinde Rocjá Pomtilá am Ik’bolay Fluss, in der Region des Nationalparks. Dies geschah im Rahmen des PROEVAL RAXMU Vogelmonitoring-Programms. Damit hat sie entscheidend zur Sensibilisierung einer Gemeinde für Belange des Naturschutzes beigetragen.

Der Avifauna des Landes widmet sie sich seit 1996 in zahlreichen Kurzstudien und Exkursionen in nationale Schutzgebiete. Sie ist Ko-Autorin mehrerer Publikationen zur Verbreitung, Lebensweise, und Schutz von Vögeln in Guatemala, u.a. einer kommentierten Artenliste (Lynx Edicions).

Sie widmet sich auch Umweltbildungsprogrammen für die indigene Landbevölkerung. In Los Tarrales hat sie zwei Vogel-Festivals unterstützt und ko-organisiert, zusammen mit der Guacamaya-Stiftung (Niederlande), sowie im Rahmen des II. Symposiums von Loros Mesoamericanos.

Claudia leitet Vogelbeobachtungsreisen seit 1999. Sie spricht fließend spanisch und englisch.
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Was Vogelbeobachter sagen, die mit Knut und Claudia auf Tour waren:

"The whole arrangement was excellent with a good mix of habitats, ensuring that we ended up with a very nice trip list (386 species, of which 13 were heard only). Knut Eisermann was a splendid guide, very keen to find our targets and with excellent knowledge of all the birds occurring in Guatemala. A slightly unexpected bonus was his special interest in owls, which meant that owling was an almost nightly exercise. Our final trip list included nine species of owls and they were all seen!" Tomas Hedmark, Sweden (2019)

"Four of us went to Guatemala in the hope of photographing the regional endemics. Thanks to Knut's expertise, we saw and photographed almost all on our wish list. I would recommend CAYAYA BIRDING company for anyone birding or pursuing serious photography in Guatemala. Knut Eisermann not only knows the birds and how to find them, but is an accomplished photographer himself, so he knows just what a photographer needs when in the field. We can't wait to come back."
Richard Greenspun, Florida, USA (2019)

"Five days in the company of Knut Eisermann birding the hills and valleys of the countryside surrounding Antigua, Guatemala was an absolute delight. Knut is as much an ornithologist, with a special interest in owls, as he is a birder and this made the trip extra special. I am a serial guide user in the Americas and Knut is up there with the best of them." Kevin Buckley, New Jersey, USA (2018)

"I had the pleasure of birding the highlands with Knut Eisermann for a week in August with two friends. Besides seeing some mega birds - Horned Guan, Pink-headed Warbler, and Belted Flycatcher for example - I was really impressed by the amazing scenery, delicious cuisine and comfortable accomodations. I hope to book another trip with CAYAYA BIRDING again soon!" Michael C. Duffy, New York, USA. (2018)

"I was able to organize a 10 day trip with Claudia Avendaño for an 11 person group I was leading for Atlanta Audubon. We had a spectacular time! We were able to visit the western highlands as well as the lowland forests at Tikal National Park. In addition to finding life birds and seeing amazing places, this trip had a special focus on shade grown coffee and the Wood Thrush. CAYAYA BIRDING did a great job helping us create a customized itinerary that balanced birding, culture, conservation, and educational opportunities. Claudia was skillful at noticing the needs and desires of each particular group member and adjusting accordingly. She was well prepared and researched and understood what our group desired. The lodging, transportation, and local guides all met or exceeded expectations. I cannot recommend CAYAYA BIRDING and Claudia Avendaño enough and absolutely plan on birding with them again in the future. We were able to see 275 species in 10 days and everyone left happy and healthy." Adam Betuel, Atlanta Audubon Society (2018)

"Knut Eisermann provided my son and I with a wonderful week of birdwatching in Guatemala. He is warm, friendly and fun! His birding skills are second to none. We had a wonderful time and I can't say enough good things about our time with him." Michael Robinson, Washington, USA (2018)

"Just had my second, brilliant trip with Knut Eisermann and CAYAYA BIRDING. Honestly, can't think of how it could have been improved on. Knut and Claudia Avendaño think of every single detail to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that, as a guest, you have the best possible birding experience. Knut is great company and is deeply knowledgeable. We found all the birds we went looking for, and I was lucky enough to get good chances for photos of each species. Spent part of our time together discussing our next trip together ... can't wait. Really recommend CAYAYA BIRDING, with no hesitation whatsoever ... wonderful way to experience a great birding country." Kevin Bartlett, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (2018)

"We had an extremely good trip. Everything was organized with an incredible attention to detail; we saw a huge amount without feeling rushed; and the food and accommodation were far better than we had expected. Knut Eisermann is an excellent guide with an incredible knowledge of the birds, wildlife and culture of his adopted home. He is also very pleasant company in the field. Very highly recommended." Graham Tebb, Vienna, Austria. (2018)

"I just returned from a very productive birding trip down to Guatemala with my primary focus being warblers. I had a target list and managed to find all of them thanks to the expert guiding from Knut Eisermann. I let them know exactly what species I was looking for and they planned an itinerary that would give us the best chances of finding them. I would highly recommend them as they know where the birds are, get you on them and tailor the tour to whatever you want to find. Although Knut is originally from Germany he has been down in Guatemala for 20 years so knows the country very well and I always like providing business to local guides when I travel." Larry Therrien, Massachusetts, USA. (2018)

"We spent two weeks in Guatemala to see the specialty birds of the region. It was the right decision to ask CAYAYA BIRDING to organize our tour. Knut Eisermann was a perfect guide knowing all the birds, the secret places and the culture of the people. He involves local guides which helps finding the birds and supporting the communities. We did see all the special birds of the region we were hoping for plus several real rarities like Unspotted Saw-whet Owl. Being impressed by the incredible landscape, the friendliness of the people, the Mayan historical sites and the many birds, we will come back to Guatemala and we will definitely contact CAYAYA BIRDING again to organize our next trip." Jochen Baurmeister Frauke Jordt, Pennsylvania, USA, and Frankfurt, Germany. (2017)

"Knut Eisermann took a friend and I in search of rare species. Even though we weren't able to reach one area due to road closures, Knut was able to quickly come up with alternate locations and great birds. He is a very personable and skilled guide that i would recommend to anyone wanting to bird Guatemala. Also he is a very safe driver." Ken Havard, Canada. (2017)

"Claudia Avendaño was very professional and knowledgeable. Her English was impeccable, and I felt very comfortable spending the day with her. She was lightening quick with her spotting scope, and as a result I was able to see many birds I never would have seen without her assistance. She was a good listener and answered all my questions. I was impressed with her keen ear for the birds. I would highly recommend CAYAYA BIRDING tours to any bird lover. It is worth every penny!" Tina Collins, USA. (2017)

"The trip was absolutely the best. I have been on many guided trips to a number of countries, but none were more well organized and thought out than yours." Dennis Shirley, Utah, USA (May 2017)

"CAYAYA BIRDING are the Guatemala experts. For expert guiding, logistics planning and knowing where the birds are, you can't beat the team of Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño! Thanks for a great trip, guys!!" Mark Conrad, Arizona, USA (2017)

"Die Reise besticht durch eine perfekte Organisation und eine fachlich hoch kompetente Reiseleitung, die den Reisenden darüber hinaus ein familiäres Flair als wesentlichen Wohlfühlfaktor zu geben vermag. Neben der eigentlichen fachlichen Zielstellung kommen auch historische und ethologische Informationen nicht zu kurz. Eine Birding-Tour, die jedem "Birdwatcher" wärmstens empfohlen werden kann. 300 Vogelarten sind garantiert! Auch ist genügend Zeit zur Vogelfotografie." Klaus und Karin Eulenberger, Leipzig. (2014)

"Diese vogelkundliche Reise hat meine Erwartungen in jeder Hinsicht übertroffen. Am Ende der Reise standen beachtliche 356 Arten auf der Gesamtliste. Diese Bilanz ist vor allem Knut Eisermann zu verdanken, der nicht nur hervorragende Kenntnisse über die Vogelwelt Guatemalas besitzt, sondern auch ein exzellenter Beobachter ist. Beeindruckend war dabei insbesondere seine Sicherheit, mit der er auch seltene Vogelarten im dichten Regenwald aufspürte. Seine liebenswürdige und umsichtige Betreuung gehört neben den außergewöhnlichen Eindrücken über das Land - einschließlich der zahlreichen faszinierenden Naturerlebnisse - zu den unvergesslichen Erfahrungen dieser Reise. Guatemala war für mich ein Erlebnis der besonderen Art. Für Ornithologen und natürlich auch für Naturfreunde mit anderen Interessengebieten ist dieses Land ein beachtenswerter Geheimtipp!" Peter Tischler, Halle/Saale. (2014)

"It was a delightful trip from beginning to end. Communication was clear in the planning stages and throughout the entire trip. And, most especially, Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño were 'over-the-top' birders! We loved their total friendliness and cheerfulness and their skills at hearing, seeing and identifying Guatemalan birds was amazing." Ann and John Reichhardt, Colorado, USA. (2013)

"My experience in Guatemala could not have been better. Knut Eisermann is a very accomplished guide who knows the birds beyond field guide information." Mark Lockwood, Alpine, TX, USA. (2014), senior author of The TOS Handbook of Texas Birds.

"Die Reise war sehr gut geplant und dank der prima Vorbereitung klappte alles hervorragend. Das betrifft die Auswahl der Quartiere und Gaststätten und natürlich ganz besonders auch der unterschiedlichen Lebensräume. Beeindruckend war, mit welcher Sicherheit die gesuchten Vogelarten auch wirklich gefunden werden konnten. Auch der kulturelle Rahmen war gut abgesteckt, so wurden uns Einblicke in die Geschichte und Kultur des Landes ermöglicht. Ich kann und werde solcherart ornithologische Erkundungsreisen jederzeit weiterempfehlen." Klaus Fabian, Dresden. (2008)

"Claudia Avendaño and Knut Eisermann organized a one week custom tour for Pacific slope bird specialties and the cultural attractions of colonial Antigua and Lake Atitlán. Knut was an outstanding guide and personable companion. His knowledge of the birds is encyclopedic, and his sharp eyes and perseverance were greatly appreciated." Robert Orenstein, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (2007)

"CAYAYA BIRDING is outstanding: they not only offer world-class guides, but remarkably comfortable accommodation. They have taken care to ensure good relations with the communities they visit, which means you will not only see a long list of endemics and rarities, but also learn a lot about Guatemala's cultural diversity." Matthew Koch, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (2015)

"Our guide, Knut Eisermann was excellent! I was impressed by his bird knowledge, phenomenal eyes and ears, and on how well he took care of us. He was charming at all times, attuned to all of our needs both birdwise and otherwise, and extremely patient and considerate. He is lightning-fast on getting a bird in the scope! He is also a very safe driver. We had a delightful time. Claudia Avendaño was very prompt on her responses to all of our queries. Her pre-trip information was comprehensive and very clear. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in birding Guatemala contact them first."
Lorna L. Engleman, MD, and Dodge Engleman, MD, San Antonio, TX. (2014), Co-authors of: A bird-finding guide to Panama.

"Birding with Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño is a double benefit. Not only do you get the best birding experience and expertise, but you are also supporting conservation and habitat/ecological awareness efforts through their programs with locals. Teach the local people about birds, employ them as paid citizen scientists, increase awareness about caring for the earth and support the local economy." Ruth Stewart, Vermont, USA. (2012)

"We found Knut Eisermann an extremely knowledgable, enthusiastic, patient and attentive leader. He knows the birds, the locations, the people. He involves local guides that he trained himself wherever possible - we were impressed by this. His sense of humour is also an asset." Ian D. Harrison, Aberaeron, UK. (2013)

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Checklist of the Birds of Guatemala
Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala von Knut Eisermann und Claudia Avendaño, veröffentlicht von Lynx (2007).
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