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WINGS Tour Leaders – Pierre Defos Du Rau

Pierre Defos Du Rau

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Pierre has been birding since he was 15 and has been working as a professional ornithologist in Southern France for almost 20 years. He received his PHD on the ecology and population dynamics of the Red-crested Pochard, which he studied extensively in the marshes of Camargue where he now works full-time. He lives in a nice French Mediterranean small town around which he enjoys searching for Mediterranean Sylvia warblers and new organic wines. Although he enjoys birding in Asia and Africa, he very much cherishes his French way of life.


“Pierre [was] fabulous--endlessly patient, careful that every saw the bird, and helpful in reminding us how and when we had already seen the bird, or if it was a rarity. We all especially loved the picnics, in which Pierre would explain the local wine, cheeses and cold cuts.”
- Martha V. on France

“Fabrice and Pierre complimented each other greatly. Both were passionate about birding, quick to get the scope on birds, and excellent at asking and making sure that everyone saw the bird and got good looks at the bird. I appreciated that the leaders quickly called off the top 3-4 field marks to look for. They both also clearly loved the gastronomical component of the trip, highlighting regional specialties. The Picnics were FANTASTIC!”
- Diana H. on France

Updated: March 2018