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Daniel Mello - Tour Guide  (Cadastur: 19.653386.61-0)

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"My first ever birding tour! What an amazing show Daniel and Gabriel had for us in stock. This one day tour out of Rio was spectacular and hugely surpassed my expectations.  All arrangements worked perfectly and as agreed beforehand. The Mello Brothers are extremely passionate about birding, deeply knowledgeable (they have published their own book) and very nice company for a 12 hour tour. I have learnt a lot, had great fun, visited amazing places, found almost 100 different types of birds and enjoyed all the areas we visited, including the fantastic scenery. Highly recommended!"

Guillermo Rocco (Vienna / Austria)

Ready to live amazing birding experiences in the Atlantic Forest?


We invite you to explore the wild of Rio! The state of Rio de Janeiro is situated in the Atlantic Rainforest domain, one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, where more than 700 birds have already been recorded! With over 16 years of experience in birdwatching, we offer customized guided tours for solo travelers or groups, visiting the best birding hotspots in Rio city and surroundings. It doesn't matter if you are a casual birder, a nature photographer or a twitcher looking for new species to the life-list: we can help you to achieve your goals and live an immersive experience in the Atlantic Rainforest! And the best part: in Rio you'll be able to see a wide range of environments and species without having to travel long distances! Take a look at the destinations we can visit together and book your trip with us!


Most popular Itineraries

Half-day Tours

  • Rio Botanical Garden

  • Tijuca National Park

  • Barra da Tijuca parks (Parque Marapendi + Bosque da Barra)

  • Golden Lion Tamarin spotting

  • APA Guapimirim mangroves (Boat Trip)



Full-day Tours 

  • Rio de Janeiro City Birding Tour (Cláudio Coutinho Trail + Botanical Garden + Tijuca National Park)

  • Guapimirim - Casa Tukani (bird feeders) and surroundings

  • Serra dos Órgãos National Park

  • REGUA - Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

  • APA Guapimirim (Boat Trip) + Casa Tukani (bird feeders)

  • Três Picos State Park

  • Golden Lion Tamarin Park and surroundings



2 to 7-day Tours​

  • Serra dos Órgãos region: from mangroves to the mountains

  • Vale do Café and Serra da Bocaina region

  • Costa do Sol region

7 to 14-day tours

  • We can customize your tour, combining different regions to provide you a complete experience!


Explore our main destinations



Rio de Janeiro city



Rio de Janeiro city



Rio de Janeiro city



Rio de Janeiro city



Serra dos Órgãos region


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Serra dos Órgãos region



Serra dos Órgãos region



Serra dos Órgãos region



Serra dos Órgãos region



Serra dos Órgãos region



Serra da Bocaina region



Vale do Café region



Costa do Sol region


Birding Serra da Bocaina

Serra da Bocaina region



Costa do Sol region



Costa do Sol region


Birding Tours Gallery

Fantastic 5 days of birding! Daniel and Gabriel were fantastic guides, and providing one of the best experiences I have had on a guided tour. Highly recommended.
(Matt Voelker, New York / USA)
We had an incredible birding experience with Daniel. He is an expert authority on birds and bird photography. We saw and photographed many species even though it is midsummer and the daytime temperatures were high. We also enjoyed the food and hospitality at Casa Tukani. I rate this as a very special experience.
(Theodore Garver, Edmonton / Canada)
My partner and I are travelling through Brazil, birding as we go. I contacted Daniel from a recommendation of another bird guide in Minas Gerais, finding him kind, responsive, and extremely helpful and accommodating. We stayed for two nights at Daniel’s place in the Atlantic Forest, having two full days guided birding. Accommodation - We cannot recommend this enough - it’s brilliant. The space is perfect for birders and is replete with feeders, attracting all manner of hummingbirds, tanagers, and euphonias. The rooms are very comfortable and the food (all prepared by Daniel’s wife Sonia) was excellent. Far better than we’ve had in b&b’s or hotels that cost a lot more, and prepared at “bird watcher friendly” times (i.e. early). Guiding - Having hired guides in virtually every country in South America and throughout Europe I can genuinely say that Daniel is the best bird guide I have ever had. His knowledge and enthusiasm is palpable and infectious and you truly get the impression of being with a real expert (the multiple publications he has to his name and the library of bird sounds he has personally made add to this impression). Daniel has a brilliant ear, being able to hear and identify birds well before I could pick up on them and his patience and knowledge of behaviour meant that we identified 170 species in one day. Daniel’s English is perfect and he is amiable, friendly, and conversational and a real delight to spend time with, which is so important in a guide. One of the real stand outs for me was the attentiveness of Daniel. In advance of the trip I sent a list of birds I wanted to see; he customised the itinerary and frequently referred back to it throughout both days to make sure we were covering them; as well as asking me whether I had ever seen a bird that he could hear (often the answer was no so he would then seek it out). This is a real positive over what could have been following a ‘standard’ or ‘ready-made’ itinerary. I’m so excited to see how Daniel and the Irmãos Mello develop in the coming years and cannot wait to come back.
(Scott Lawrence / UK)
Los hermanos Mello son excelentes guías, con mucha experiencia porque escuchaban y reconocían a las aves desde la distancia. Vimos muchisimas especies con la ayuda de Daniel y comprometido para que nosotros pudiéramos verlas. El alojamiento fue perfecto, el desayuno super completo con cosas ricas todos los dias. Las viandas preparadas por la esposa de Daniel, siempre hechos con mucho cuidado y esmero. Pasamos unos días extraordinarios. Excelentes personas que nos hicieron sentir como en casa siempre. Un diez!!!! Super recomendado. No duden en ir!!! PD . Un placer estar en el comedero viendo a distintas especies volar tan cerquita. Gracias Daniel y familia!
(Marisa Giglio, Buenos Aires / Argentina)
In one word,the Mello's Brothers are the best guide I have known in all my life!! Most Involved,experts and experienced,with them you will have a great experience. I spent a fortnight in Mata Atlantica and I had 312 lifers and more than 400 bird species seen or heard. Congratulation Gabriel and Daniel  for your outstanding  performance. Kind regards, Vincent Ponelle from Paris.
(Vincent Ponelle, Paris / France)
Many thanks to Daniel and Gabriel . Our 13 days trip met all our expectations. They are passionate birders , very involved and the best guides that I ever met . More than 400 birds seen with many opportunities to take good pictures . A great moment!
(Martial Fouques, Paris / France)
Gabriel was an exceptional guide!  He knows all of the birds by sight, song, and call and he is incredibly enthusiastic about birding and guiding.  I enjoyed our trip through Tijuca NP.  Gabriel helped me with recording bird songs and calls. We had a great day of birding and I enjoyed visiting with Gabriel along the way.  He knows the park very well and where different species tend to be found a long the trails and roads.  I highly employing recommend Gabriel as your guide when birding in Rio.  You won't be disappointed!
(Jerred Seveyka, Selah / USA)
The Mello twins were probably the best bird guides I've ever had in my life. I know what it takes to be a good one because I used to guide years ago. Not only are they completely attentive to your needs before you even think of them, they also really know their stuff about birds, and they're good at getting people on them which is not always. Very humble also.. they've authored a regional guide and are working on a regional bird call app but rarely talk about these great accomplishments. On a scale of 1-10 they are 14.
(Dan Brooks, Texas / USA)
Gabriel, you are an outstanding guide, an excellent teacher, and a deeply committed naturalist ! We had a most incredible day with you, exploring the rural woodlands in the high hills overlooking Nova Friburgo. We appreciated the depth of your knowledge and the skill and ease with which you shared that knowledge with us - being with you was a rich learning experience! You went far beyond what we expected, communicating with us after our day together to prepare a list of all the birds we saw, and the larger number of those whose calls we heard, but did not actually see. Your expertise combined with your enthusiasm and personal warmth make you an exceptional guide. We felt very fortunate to be with you, learning about the fabulous range of the birds of Brazil, their calls, songs and habitats. Since being with you, we have viewed with great interest the two guide books which you and your brother have co-authored, together with many of the stunning photographs you have taken over the years. And now we look forward to your anthology and recording of bird calls and songs that is an important current focus. We hope to have you join us again when we next visit our son Rob Muggah and daughter in law, Ilona Szabo. Very best wishes along with our sincere thanks,
(Betty and Henry Muggah, Canada)
Absolutely brilliant. Daniel and Gabriel are extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient, and friendly. I needed some Portuguese practice but they are both fluent in English. The amount of birds that they were able to locate and identify was mind-blowing. While I go out and locate perhaps 15 or 20 in a day, also in the Atlantic Forest, we were rocking upwards of 80 - and managed to get photos of most. In addition, the accommodation is clean and well presented, and the food is divine - restaurant class meals. I'm a pescatarian and this was accommodated with absolute ease. 5/5 and I'll be back out with them for winter birding!
(Shannon Martin, New Zeland)
I took a private birding tour with Gabriel in Tijuca Park and Botanical gardens and had an amazing experience. I'm not familiar with Brazil and hiking in nature and by myself, really wanted a professional tour guide. Gabriel knowledge and skills as a guide are phenomenal and I'm really great for taking this tour
(Yossi Avnon, Seattle / USA)
Eu e meu esposo, passarinheiro aplicado em seu hobbie, tivemos o prazer de sermos guiados pelo experiente e aplicadíssimo Daniel Mello por dois muito produtivos dias no mês de maio/2023. Conhecíamos a excelente fama que a empresa, na pessoa dos sócios, tinha, mas a experiência vivenciada superou as altas expectativas. O Daniel nos pediu uma lista de nosso interesse antes das passarinhadas e ele focou nas aves de nossos interesses, nos levando a diversos locais para podemos avistar o que pretendíamos. O Daniel, quem nos atendeu, é muito competente e além de saber os locais de avistamentos, tem um ouvido impressionante para identificar as aves apenas pelo canto, de forma certeira e precisa. Além disso, ele foi pontual e muito atencioso e gentil conosco desde o primeiro contato por telefone até o final das atividades. Foram dois dias incríveis e só temos a agradecer pelo excepcional trabalho prestado. Empresa recomendadíssima.
(Fabiana Navarro, São Paulo / Brasil)
Nice place and a very good guide! Over 50 species in the Botanical gardens.Thanks Gabriel.
(Jackson, Jacinthe and Michel, Quebec / Canada)
I had such an awesome time birding with the Mello brothers! I was beyond impressed by their knowledge of the species we encountered. What really stood out, though, is their ability to identify the songs and calls of every bird we heard. This means that we were able to locate many species, including endemic birds, very easily. As a photographer, I really appreciated their expertise, and I am walking away with some beautiful images. If I return to Brazil, I will not hesitate to book another tour with them. It truly was an amazing experience!
(Jason Collins, Georgia / USA)
We had a few wonderful days at Casa Tukani. The house and terrace itself are wonderful. So many lovely birds to see! We also had some lovely roadtrips with Daniel. His knowledge is impressive and he spots every bird. Sleeping arrangement and food were also excellent. In short, highly recommended!
(Fred van Ginneken & Marcia, Capelle / Netherlands)
My husband and I had spent a wonderful 2 days birding with Daniel. As our guide he was highly effective and attentive. His knowledge of the Serra dos Órgãos region and its diverse birdlife is impressive and likely unmatched. Our accommodations at Casa Tukani were comfortable, where we enjoyed our meals and the busy bird-feeders. We could not have wished for a better experience.
(Regina Burk & Ronald Burk, Toronto / Canada)
Daniel and Gabriel Mello deliver the ultimate professional guiding service. Their expertise in bird identification by songs and calls is unparalleled. Their patience and courtesy is unlimited. Highly recommended.
(Paul Jones, Northampton / UK)
Experiência única e profissional. Estes dois dias de visualização e fotografia de pássaros ultrapassou as nossas expectativas. O Gabriel Mello assim como depois o seu irmão Daniel foram, com a sua competência e simpatia inexcediveis no nosso acompanhamento e em todos os ensinamentos que nos proporcionaram. Recomendamos vivamente a todos os amantes de observação e fotografia de aves o serviço dos irmãos Mello. Gostaríamos de referir a todos que visitam o seu site, a importância do seu conteúdo pedagógico e de grande importância de acompanhamento aos jovens e estudantes a quem transmitem o seu saber. Abraço.
(Cristina & João / Portugal)
Quedamos muy conformes con la experiencia. Gabriel es un guia muy experimentado y muy conocedor de las aves. Nos permitio lograr excelentes fotografías, que sin su ayuda hubiera sido imposible. Muchas gracias!
(Roni Lieberman, Montevideo / Uruguay)

My first ever birding tour! What an amazing show Daniel and Gabriel had for us in stock. This one day tour out of Rio was spectacular and hugely surpassed my expectations.  All arrangements worked perfectly and as agreed beforehand. The Mello Brothers are extremely passionate about birding, deeply knowledgeable (they have published their own book) and very nice company for a 12 hour tour. I have learnt a lot, had great fun, visited amazing places, found almost 100 different types of birds and enjoyed all the areas we visited, including the fantastic scenery. Highly recommended!

(Guilhermo Rocco, Vienna / Austria)

We went birding with Daniel and Gabriel in the Serra dos Órgãos region and had an amazing time!! Daniel and Gabriel were incredibly kind, super knowledgeable, and their love of birds was infectious. We'd highly recommend them to any bird enthusiasts heading to Rio!

(Sophia & Andreas / San Francisco, California / USA)

I was looking forward to the weekend and seeing some great birds in the Atlantic Forest near Rio, and all my expectations were exceeded both form a birding and photography perspective. It really helps that you are both birders and photographers, and this helped me not only to see many species well, but also to take amazing photographs of most of the birds we saw. The stay at your comfortable guesthouse with excellent food prepared by Sonia was a highlight. The photography sessions at your feeders were mind-blowing!!! I am sure this is the start to a highly successful venture and hope to one day return.   

(Tertius Gous / Cape Town, South Africa)

We had a great time birding with Daniel.  His knowledge of the birds’ songs, habitats, and activities led to many wonderful sightings and some amazing prolonged watching and viewings of the birds’ lifestyles. Daniel knew and could identify the birds very quickly and was happy to share his knowledge repeatedly to us.  This was very helpful as it was hard to remember so much information when hearing it for the first time. It was a relaxed and tranquil personalized experience.  We only had time to do one day, but are excited to bird with Daniel again in the future.

(Jeffrey & Camilla / Grande Prairie, Canada)

There are so many good things to say about my experience birding with Daniel and Gabriel of Irmãos Mello Birding Tours in the Mata Atlantica, not far from Rio. These guys are ideal guides. They are friendly, enthusiastic and patient and know the ideal habitats and songs to find a wide variety of birds. The "base camp" for some fantastic birding was Tukani Lodge, perfectly situated next to Serra dos Orgaos National Park. The lodge is comfortable, safe, has great home cooked meals and a front porch with feeders, which is a great spot to bird in itself.From Tukani Lodge there is great birding just footsteps away in the National Park, or within driving range to many hotspots nearby, in many habitats. Their knowledge of the local area, plus their superb birding skills means you will see a ton of great birds and have an overall top notch birding experience. Highly recommended.

(Chuck Beilman / Valley Stream, NY / USA)

An excellent day out birding with Gabriel. Our first time birding in South America so we needed plenty of help! Gabriel's expert knowledge of the birds of Rio and the surrounding areas was invaluable. He is excellent company, patient and was very adept at locating birds for us to view. We visited three different locations and nothing was too much trouble, also answering our questions days after the trip. A very memorable day with Gabriel. A top guide. We recommend to both novice and experienced birders alike.

(Sally Oakes & Roger Baddley / UK)

My son and I had a rewarding day with Daniel. His knowledge of Tijuca and his ability to bird by ear produced great sightings. The high canopy can make finding the birds a difficult task but he was able to describe their location with great accuracy. He’s a terrific guide and I will hire him again.

(Daniel Smith, New York / USA)

Tive o prazer de passarinhar durante dois dias no PARNASO e PETP com o Daniel. Fui embora com a mala cheia de elogios ao guia, aves e fotos incríveis, boas energias e paisagens de tirar o fôlego. Além de conhecer profundamente as aves da região e proporcionar ótimas observações de diversas espécies, o Daniel é uma excelente pessoa e preza pelo respeito e bem estar dos bichos em primeiro lugar. Deixo registrado os meus sinceros agradecimentos e recomendo demais os serviços dos Irmãos Mello.

(Caio Caetano, Campos-RJ / Brasil)

Really great birding with both Gabriel and Daniel - besides being incredibly knowledgeable and nice, they also both possessed a magic which made each bird come down and perch on a branch close by. Highly recommended!!

(Julie Watson, Ecuador/England)


Being guided by Gabriel is such an eye-opening experience. Not only is he helpful and friendly, but he has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of his surrounding environment, not only when it comes to birds, but of all the other flora and fauna in Rio de Janeiro as well. Of course, this is to be expected, as he and his brother *literally wrote the book* on birds in Brazil's southeast. If you're an experienced birder looking to bag some specific lifers, or you're an amateur hoping for an unforgettable day out in Rio de Janeiro's gorgeous nature, give the Mello brothers a call.

(Euan Marshall, Glasgow/ UK)

Gostaria de agradecer a atenção e o carinho que recebemos na guiada que fizemos com o Gabriel em Teresópolis, Guapimirim e Cachoeiras de Macacu. O conhecimento do Gabriel e a sua boa vontade em nos mostrar o maior número de aves é fora do comum. Experiência maravilhosa! Vamos repetir a guiada em breve!

(Heroísio & Solange, Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

My girlfriend and I went birding for a day with Daniel Mello in Rio de Janeiro. it was fantastic! We cannot recommend Daniel enough. Daniel was tireless in making sure we saw all the interesting species in a given location, and was quite adept at finding them!

(Nathaniel Honka & Monica, California / USA)

Great service from Daniel and Gabriel. They met me from the airport and added time to allow for a flight delay. After a very informative tour of the Tijuca National Park near Rio they kindly dropped me at my hotel as well. Great service and option for anyone visiting Rio with just a little time. 5 stars!

(Stephen Chandler, Melbourne / Australia)

My partner and I had a stop-over in Rio de Janeiro and happily choose to spend a day birding with Gabriel Mello in Serra dos Orgaos NP. We have done birding tours all over the world, but Gabriel's ranges among the best for us. His extensive knowledge of where and how to find birds ensured we saw many species including some rare ones, and his kind and sharing personality made this a very special and recommendable day. 

(Johan Konsman, Amsterdan / Netherlands)

Fomos guiados pelo Daniel Mello na região da Serra dos Órgãos e podemos dizer que foi uma ótima experiência, pois o Daniel se mostrou um profissional competente, com muito conhecimento sobre a fauna e a flora local, além de nos tratar com extrema simpatia.

(Rogerio Levighini & Cândida T. M. Levighini, Americana-SP/ Brasil)

Rio es una ciudad muy interesante, dada su cultura e historia. Sin embargo, el contar con la posibilidad de conocer aquello que solo Río puede ofrecer (flora y fauna en ambiente citadino) es fundamental a la hora de visitar tan linda ciudad. Daniel Mello hace que esta experiencia sea llevada a un nivel superior, al ser capaz de guiar al observador hacia los detalles más relevantes de la avifauna local, buscando perturbar de la menor manera posible a las criaturas que habitan dichos ambientes. Solo nos queda agradecer y manifestar nuestra absoluta satisfacción de la experiencia vivida. Muchas gracias, Daniel.

(Ricardo González / Chile)

Fiz uma passarinhada em Piraí e na APA de Guapimirim com Daniel Mello. Primeiro dia em Piraí Daniel me levou para ver as espécies em minha lista e logo de inicio observamos a especie principal da lista, o araçari-poca. Daniel identifica as espécies pelo canto e sabe dos locais de ocorrência das mesmas. Na APA fizemos um agradável passeio de barco e vimos espécies muito interessantes, tais como a viuvinha-de-óculos e coleiro-do-brejo. Super recomendo esse roteiro! Obrigado Daniel, tive dois dias de observação de pássaros muito agradáveis!

(Leonardo Peres , Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

O dia se tornou muito bom e interessante graças ao Daniel. Ele conhece muito bem a região. Graças à ele foi possivel não somente avistar mas fotografar muito bem as numerosas aves da Mata Atlantica. Super recomendo, vale muito a pena. Me deu vontade de repetir a experiencia. Muito obrigado e espero até uma proxima.

(Yoann Lebrun, Mato Grosso-MT / Brasil)

Tivemos o prazer de ser guiados por Daniel Mello no fim de semana em Piraí. Profundo conhecedor da avifauna local, Daniel nos guiou pelas trilhas da região nos apresentando os bichos de lá, inclusive uma raridade que ele descobriu nesta passarinhada: o narcejão. Além disso tivemos uma aula prática de fotografia, em que ele nos explicou detalhadamente o funcionamento da câmera. A indicação de hospedagem dele foi excelente e sua simpatia e paciência são insuperáveis.

(Ricardo Mitidieri & Angélica , Niterói-RJ / Brasil)

Daniel é excelente! Nosso primeiro passeio guiados por ele, no Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos, não poderia ter sido melhor. Muitas aves e um guia atencioso e muito preciso. Nos veremos novamente em breve.

(Ricardo & Eliza, Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

Passarinhar com os Irmãos Mello foi um momento de contemplação e a sua experiência em ver as aves são únicas que faz todo o diferencial. Ana, Marcelo e Yan, vocês estão de parabéns, transmitem confiabilidade e segurança para todos que visitam a "Casa-Atelié Surucuá". Vocês são incentivadores da observação de aves, é uma atividade que cresce no Brasil.

(Carlos Vieira, Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

Ser guiado numa passarinhada pelos irmãos Mello, não há palavras para descrever. Tive a experiência de fazer passeios com eles, foi realmente um dos momentos mais felizes que já tive na minha vida. Estar com eles, é alegria, diversão, momentos únicos que não se esquece. Se não fossem por eles, não teria bastante espécies fotografadas. O entusiasmo, o carisma, se tornou algo especial nos passeios, como a amizade. Obrigado, e grata a vocês.

(Karolina Moreira, Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

Simplesmente adorei!!! Foi a primeira de muitas passarinhadas que farei com vcs!! Super profissionais, atenciosos e sabem muito... fiquei totalmente encantada!! Parábens, Daniel, Yan e Marcelo! Foi um dia inesquecível!! Até breve!!

(Débora Lacerda, Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

No feriado de Carnaval 2019 tive a honra de ser guiado pelo competente guia Daniel Mello. Foram apenas dois dias, mas muito proveitosos, e o Daniel mostrou toda sua capacidade e persistência. Nessa ocasião consegui chegar às 1.000 espécies fotografadas e postadas no Wikiaves. Já estou programando a próxima saída, o mais breve possível.

(José Mauro Monteiro, Guaranésia-MG / Brasil)

Gabriel guided me for several days in the Rio area during February 2019 and enabled me to see and photograph many new birds. He was thoroughly professional and conscientious at all times, as well as being very good company. I have no hesitation in recommending his services to anyone visiting this region for birding!

(Tristan Bantock, London / UK)

Daniel took my wife and me for a day and a half of birding during a cruise stop - We had a great day at the Serra dos Órgãos, with excellent views of Black and Gold Cotinga (we only heard Grey-winged, but that's a tough one!). We very much enjoyed Daniel's company (his English is excellent) and would certainly recommend him. He even went out of his way to take my wife (not a birder) to do some shopping in Rio on the way back to the ship. I would also recommend getting Daniel to sell you a copy of his first-rate photographic guide to the birds of the area - a valuable addition to the rather short list of good Brazilian bird books. If you don't believe me see the review at 

(Ronald Orenstein, Canada)

Gracias Daniel Mello! Un excelente guía. La salida a avistar aves a la Serra dos Órgaos fue maravillosa. Hemos visto muchísimas especies, tantas que ni soñé ver. Muy buen profesional y muy linda persona. Muy agradecida por una experiencia excelente.   

(Cecília Abadie, Montevideo / Uruguay)

Conhecer as aves do Rio de Janeiro sob o comando dos Irmãos Mello (na minha expedição fotográfica com o Daniel Mello) foi uma experiência maravilhosa e inigualável. Por estar rumo às 1300 espécies de aves já fotografadas, a minha lista de novas espécies era extremamente restrita. Como disse o Daniel, era a lista mais restrita de todas as pessoas que guiou. Diante dessa lista, Daniel organizou com maestria um roteiro para que buscássemos nas matas do Rio o máximo de aves raras para mim, inclusive com parceria com o guia Carlos Eduardo Blanco, em Angra dos Reis, para que eu fotografasse os endêmicos formigueiro-de-cabeça-negra e papa-moscas-estrela e também o tão sonhado tapaculo-pintado. Daniel não mediu esforços para que eu fotografasse o meu maior desejo fotográfico: marreca-de-bico-roxo! Quase 7 anos em busca desta espécie e, desta vez, graças aos "olhos de águia", experiência e dedicação do Daniel, eu consegui fotografá-la. E, pelas matas do Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos, com ouvidos atentos o tempo todo, ele também me apresentou o lindo e encantador apuim-de-cauda-amarela, entre outras novas espécies. E assim foi: um lifer aqui, um lifer acolá, restando um saldo muito positivo para mim, apesar da estrita lista de possibilidades que eu tinha. Além da experiência técnica, Daniel foi um amigo que me cativou. Ele foi muito dedicado, atencioso e de uma gentileza sem igual. Eu só tenho a agradecer pelas novas espécies de aves que fotografei e pela atenção imensa a mim dedicada nesses cinco dias felizes passarinhando pelas matas de alguns Municípios do Rio de Janeiro. Agora estou bem mais perto de atingir a meta da superação pessoal: #1300em2018 

(Carmen Bays, Florianópolis, SC / Brasil)

I had to travel to Brazil with work and contacted Gabriel for a weekend of birdwatching. I was very impressed with both his enthusiasm and organizational skills, when there was a last-minute issue with the itinerary he adapted quickly and went out of his way to make sure that my weekend was not ruined. Both Gabriel and his brother Daniel are superb bird guides, quick to find birds and make sure the client sees the birds they want to see, they are also very good company. I would have no hesitation in recommending them and using them as bird guides should I return to Brazil.  

(Sarah Barnes, London / UK)

My wife and I had the pleasure to have Gabriel Mello as our guide for half a day at Jardim Botânico and Morro da Urca. Gabriel is an exceptional guide, and he was able to get us to see many species even on a rainy day. He is extremely knowledgeable, is bi-lingual (eng-port), and in addition, he is a co-author of an authoritative bird guide. Gabriel is also very generous and kind, always open to help us with our bird questions months after our visit.

(Mariano L Mazal, USA)

I have recently enjoyed a three week birdwatching holiday in Brazil during which I had the pleasure of spending two days in the company of Daniel and Gabriel Mello and with them visited APA de Guapimirim , the foothills of Serra dos Órgãos and REGUA. My only regret was that I could not allocate more time to spend with the twins because the experience was truly magical. They have a vast knowledge of the birds found in the areas visited and of the various habitats that are encountered. As well as having excellent guiding skills they are two extremely affable guys who will stop at nothing to satisfy the client’s want list. With their extreme birding skills and engaging personalities they have made my time with them one that I will never forget.

(Séamus O’Malley, Ireland)

Passarinhando com Daniel Mello (setembro de 2018) foi uma experiencia muito boa, tanto pela beleza dos ambientes que visitamos, quanto pelos lifers que eu consegui e ainda pela companhia dele que tive durante esta expedição. As localidades que visitamos são verdadeiramente deslumbrantes. Como eu cheguei com uma lista já reduzida dos lifers, não foi fácil encontrar os pássaros que me interessavam, mas mesmo assim conseguimos uma boa parte. Entre os pontos que o Daniel conhecia muito bem, aproveitamos para trocar informações sobre experiencias em geral, o que foi muito agradável também. Algumas aves que procurei são verdadeiras raridades e vale a pena investir em oportunidade de observa-las.

(Goran Neshich, Beogrado / Sérvia, residente em  Campinas-SP / Brasil)

Conheço os irmãos Mello há vários anos. Sabia das suas habilidades como fotógrafos de aves e na arte de tratar imagens, na qual são verdadeiros magos. Ha cerca de um mês tive o prazer de comprovar outra grande aptidão, na pessoa do Daniel, embora saiba que Gabriel também a possui na mesma medida. A amiga Marcia Carvalho e eu fomos guiados pelo Daniel Mello na Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu e também no Pico da Caledônia, onde fotografamos a desejada saudade-de-asa-cinza. Daniel mostrou-se não apenas um guia de primeira linha, como também extremamente atencioso para com nossas necessidades pessoais. Com especial boa vontade, competência e carinho provou que é possível ser profissional e amigo ao mesmo tempo. Recomendo fortemente os irmãos Mello!

(Luiz C. Ribenboim, Resende-RJ / Brasil)

O que falar dos irmãos Mello, além de tudo que já foi dito? São pessoas maravilhosas e excelentes guias! Tenho certas limitações para passarinhar, mas quando saio com eles, nem sinto! Super atenciosos e educados, conhecem profundamente nossas aves, e advinham em que local vão pousar! Recomendo muitíssimo essa competente dupla de feras, Daniel e Gabriel!

(Marcia C. Carvalho, Penedo-RJ / Brasil)

Já fui guiado por eles em várias localidades do estado do Rio de Janeiro, como Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis, Cachoeiras de Macacu e Guapimirim, e só tenho elogios! Desde a preparação do roteiro até o empenho total para que todos os objetivos da viagem fossem alcançados. Demonstraram conhecer profundamente a região, sabendo tanto lugares específicos para encontrar certas espécies como tendo o ouvido e preparo para identificar as supresas que apareciam no decorrer do caminho. Além disso, eles tem o olhar fotográfico para nos orientar de tal forma que tiremos a melhor fotografia. Fui muito bem atendido em todos os momentos, pré-viagem (definição do roteiro, esclarecimento de dúvidas, etc.), durante a viagem e no pós-viagem (identificação de espécies, etc.). Recomendadíssimo!

(Norton Santos, Jundiaí-SP / Brasil)

Last summer I spent a week birding in the province of Rio de Janeiro with Daniel and Gabriel Mello. It was a wonderful experience. Not only are both very knowledgeable about birds and photography, they are also very nice people to deal with, very efficient, very patient and always smiling. We saw many rare species, and I got a number of great pictures. Next time I go to Brazil for birding, I will make sure to contact them again!

(Robert Michel , Maryland / USA)

Tive o prazer de ter sido guiado pelo Daniel Mello algumas vezes. Mais que um grande conhecedor, ele sempre compreendeu exatamente do que eu gosto ou seja, da fotografia em si, colocando as aves do jeitinho que eu precisava. Isso sem falar no entusiasmo, alegria, educação e principalmente no profissionalismo dele. Se tornou um bom amigo.

(Milton Ryfer, Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

Já fui guiado inúmeras vezes pelos irmãos Mello, impossível não recomendar! Além de profissionais e éticos, os caras conhecem muito bem cada canto dos roteiros onde trabalham. Devo grandes fotos que fiz a esses caras, muito obrigado amigos!

(João Souza, Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brasil)

Esses dois queridos amigos, que já tive o prazer de ser guiada por eles, são extremamente profissionais, super simpáticos, e conhecem tudo das aves do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Sem falar do grande conhecimento das técnicas de fotografia de natureza, o que pode ser muito útil em campo, e de tratamento de imagens, coisas que são extremamente importantes para o resultado de uma excelente fotografia. Fico muito feliz com essa ampliação de divulgação do trabalho exemplar deles. Desejo muito sucesso nesse novo projeto para vocês e seus guiados.

(Ester Ramirez, Maceió-AL / Brasil)

Esse meninos são demais! Além de saber os lugares certos para cada gosto de observação, cada tipo de "cliente", eles sabem ser amigos. Sempre sorrindo, independente de a cliente estar com enxaqueca, coisa que aconteceu em uma de nossas saídas, e que fez tudo passar... Esforçados, sensacionais! Recomendo e sempre que vou ao Rio temos que agendar uma saída! Nem que seja a mais simples, mas para eles e para as aves não existe o simples... Até porque são profissionais nisso.


(Claudia Brasileiro, São Paulo-SP / Brasil)

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