Bird enthusiast hopes to fly again after trip is cut short

Birdwatcher Michael McNaghten pictured with a Rufous Whistler in Eagleby Australia in May 2012
Birdwatcher Michael McNaghten pictured with a Rufous Whistler in Eagleby Australia in May 2012
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A young Scarborough birdwatcher whose dream trip to South America was cut short by illness has vowed his binoculars won’t be down for long.

Michael McNaghten, of Valley Road, had spent months organising and preparing for his expedition to Equador where he was to work for 11 weeks in a tropical bird watching lodge.

His dream trip finally became a reality when earlier this month he landed in the Cloud Forests to take up his voluntary position at the Tandayapa Lodge.

However on the journey out illness struck, and after progressively getting worse during his first week on the job, Michael was advised to return to the UK to seek medical attention.

The disappointed 24-year-old arrived back in England today, though said he still has high hopes of returning to complete his work.

Speaking to the Scarborough News, ahead of a hospital visit tomorrow, Michael said: “I am very disappointed as I had been looking forward to this for so long, but I am not well so I do need to be home.

“I had hoped to gain much experience on the trip, a new ecosystem to me and of course spending that much time conversing and answering as many questions as possible on the Birds.

“I have been into birds for as long as I can remember. I thoroughly enjoy showing people new things and telling them about various species.

“I am hoping when I eventually get to spend time at Tropical Birding it will open some doors into this kind of work in the future.”

Michael landed a job helping out at Tandayapa Bird Lodge and Tropical Birding. His role was to help out with the running of a Bird watching Lodge, and joining tours through Ecuador, to help guests identify birds and over wildlife.

He hopes to able to return later in the year.