Birding Ireland The website of Michael Cobley Guiding
I have been a bird guide in Ireland for ten years, but my birding experience goes back much further than that. I started birding in earnest with the gift of a pair of binoculars in 1962 and that's when I started to learn my birding skills.Since then I have birded in most European countries, New Zealand, Morocco, Hong Kong and South Africa.
When out birding with clients I am always patient and thorough and make an effort to understand what a client requires from their time spent with me. Birders want to see birds, but I always include details on a bird's habits and habitats, their distribution and how they fit into both the Irish and the European 'big picture'.
I am available for hire by the day or several days and I cover all of Ireland. Clients generally find it most convenient If I meet them at their accommodation and we then return there at the end of the day.
Fees. The fees charged by a guide should cover not only the work done on the day but should also be a reflection of their birding skills and experience, local knowledge and guiding ability. 'Ability' is very much a gray area, but someone who finds rare birds does not automatically acquire the ability needed of a guide. My fee consists of a daily charge plus any accommodation and travelling costs which I may incur. I am based in the south west so birding in this area would obviously result in the lowest overall cost. Frequently my daily charge is my only fee. Please contact me with an enquiry and I will be able to give you a fixed cost based on your preferences.
Pelagic fees The maximum number of birders on a pelagic trip is 12 . The fee per person will depend more than anything on the number of birders in the party.