Birdwatching Holidays

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As well as compiling impressive birdlists, our clients always enjoy carefully selected quality accommodation and a nice social atmosphere.

Spain ~ Peaks & Plains – £795

May 28, 2017 – June 3, 2017

This exciting trip to the wild landscapes of the upper Duero Valley and the Picos de Europa will take you through some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the Iberian peninsula, and by combining these different habitats, each with a wide diversity of birdlife, at the peak of the breeding season, we can enjoy some of the very best opportunities for birding in Spain. So prepare for a remarkable birding bonanza.
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Mongolia ~ The ‘Wild Heart’ of Asia – £3990

June 9, 2017 – June 22, 2017

Mystical Mongolia is an awesome treasure trove of breathtakingly beautiful untamed landscapes, where high mountains, alpine forests, deserts and vast steppes, inhabited by a tiny population of nomadic pastoral horsemen, are also home to a spectacular assembly of birds and mammals. The 200 plus possible bird list on this trip includes enticing specialities such as Daurian Partridge, Amur Falcon, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Oriental Plover, Kozlov’s Accentor, Siberian Rubythroat, Saxaul Sparrow, Mongolian Finch, Godlewski’s and Pine Buntings, the rare Relict Gull and White-naped Crane and the strange Henderson’s Ground Jay, while the dashing Saker Falcon is the national bird of this stunning country. Meanwhile we can also hope to see exotic mammals like Tarbagan Marmot, Long-tailed Souslik, Daurian Pika, Siberian Ibex, White-tailed Gazelle, Argali, the world’s largest species of wild sheep, the rare Przewalski’s Horse and even the shy Grey Wolf.
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The Seychelles ~ Birding in Paradise – £3650

July 9, 2017 – July 20, 2017

While non-birders will love this dream destination, it has even more to offer us, as this isolated archipelago, a thousand miles from anywhere, has twelve of the world’s rarest endemic birds, like the superb Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and is a magnet to spectacular crowds of literally millions of seabirds, which can be enjoyed at incredibly close range, ideal for photography. These isolated islands are also visited by interesting wanderers such as Crab Plover, Lesser and Greater Sandplovers, Pacific Golden Plover, Terek Sandpiper and Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. While visiting five different islands, this trip will have a relaxed pace with ample opportunities for sightseeing, swimming, snorkelling, or just ‘chilling out’ on the beach. It’s up to you. July is the coolest month in this part of the Indian Ocean, with sea breezes, lower humidity and lovely weather, coinciding with the peak of the seabird breeding season. A definite highlight will be our three nights on aptly named Bird Island, with its frenetic colony of around 1.5 million Sooty Terns, as well as tree-nesting Brown and Lesser Noddies and White Terns. This amazing little island is also home to Esmeralda the world’s largest giant tortoise, weighing 6 hundredweights and thought to be over 200 years old! Bird Island is definitely one of my favourite places on the planet.

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Falsterbo ~ Mass Migration – £895

August 29, 2017 – September 2, 2017

Ranked number six in the top thirty birding sites in Europe, with over 350 species recorded, Falsterbo should be on everyone’s radar. It has been estimated that around 500 million birds leave Scandinavia every autumn, and most of them pass through Falsterbo at the southern tip of Sweden, before crossing the Ore Sund to Denmark and far beyond. This vast stream of migrants makes the Falsterbo peninsula one of the greatest bird migration watchpoints on Earth!
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Ireland ~ Southern Shores – £895

September 5, 2017 – September 12, 2017

A warm friendly welcome, island tranquillity, a rural landscape, and a beautiful coastline, with waders and seabirds galore; this trip has them all. Never more than eight miles from the sea on this trip to one of the best sea watching sites in Europe, it is the perfect place to unwind while also spotting some great birds.
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Discover Georgia’s Raptor Spectacular – £1595

September 18, 2017 – September 26, 2017

Mountainous Georgia is a land of exceptional beauty with a range of diverse ecosystems including magnificent mountains, alpine meadows, lakes and rivers, semi deserts, a Black sea coastline and forests which cover 40% of the country. With a list of over 330 bird species including specialities like Caspian Snowcock, Caucasian Black Grouse, Eastern Rock Nuthatch and Red-fronted Serin, these mountains are ranked number 35 in the World’s top 100 birding sites! Meanwhile, the coastline near Batumi, where the mountains meet the sea, creates a spectacular bottleneck for birds migrating south to Africa and southern Asia, and the sheer number of birds can top 100,000 in a day, making this one of the greatest migration watchpoints on Earth! Our visit is timed to coincide with the largest diversity of raptors, which can include seven species of Eagle; Booted, Short-toed, White-tailed, Imperial, Steppe, Spotted and Lesser Spotted, as well as plenty of Black Kites, Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers, Rough-legged and Honey Buzzards, Goshawks and Levant Sparrowhawks, plus Red-footed and possibly Saker Falcons. With up to forty annual records, this is also the best place in the western Palearctic to spot a Crested Honey Buzzard from eastern Siberia!
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A ‘spin’ on The Wash – £545

October 8, 2017 – October 12, 2017

The Wash is the most important British site for wintering birds with over a third of a million wildfowl and waders! As well as visiting the top sites all around this productive estuary, including Gibraltar Point, Freiston Shore, Frampton Marsh and Snettisham, we conclude the trip with a birding cruise from Boston out into The Wash aboard the Boston Belle. As the trip is limited to eight clients, don’t miss the boat!
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Norfolk ‘mini break’ – £160

November 13, 2017 – November 14, 2017

With famous names like Titchwell and Snettisham, two fabulous RSPB reserves, this productive stretch of the Norfolk coast is one of Britain’s most outstanding birding areas, especially in winter, when thousands of waders and wildfowl swarm in from the north to enjoy our milder climate. With top birds like Bittern, Brent and Pink-footed Geese, Hen Harrier, Spoonbill, Golden Pheasant, Barn and Short-eared Owls, Shore Lark, Bearded Tit, Crossbill, Brambling and Snow Bunting to look out for, there will be plenty to see. Furthermore, at this exciting time, we can also hope for news of incoming rarities and so one never knows just what might turn up! Whatever happens, we shall be in the thick of it, at The Briarfields Hotel in the village of Titchwell, and so we should end up with an exceedingly good bird list.
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Sri Lanka ~ Birds, Leopards & Blue Whales – £2695

November 25, 2017 – December 9, 2017

Sri Lanka is only the size of Ireland, and yet it is one of the most biodiverse areas in southern Asia with, for example, 244 species of Butterflies alone! The list of bird species tops 430, including 33 endemics, and with the help of a highly experienced English-speaking guide, who will be with us throughout the tour, we should see all of them, including the rare Serendib Scops Owl, which was only discovered in 2001! Our visit coincides with the presence of winter visitors, including waders from Siberia and songbirds from the Himalayas. In addition to all the birds, Sri Lanka has a wealth of other wildlife and we can therefore expect to see Marsh Mugger Crocodile and various land mammals such as Grey Langur and Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys, Water Buffalo, Sambar and Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Fruit Bat, Sloth Bear, Leopard and Asian Elephant. On top of all this, our visit to the south coast is timed to coincide with a calm sea and the presence of Blue Whales, as well as several other whales and dolphins, which can often be seen from a boat at close range. We shall have two ’bites’ at this ’cherry’ and with so much to see this tropical island really is a paradise for all nature lovers.
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Rajasthan & Gujarat ~ Lions, Tigers, Leopards & much much more! – £4125

January 3, 2018 – January 18, 2018

This fabulous tour of the northwestern Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat offers the amazing prospect of seeing not only Tiger and Leopard, but also the rare Asiatic Lion which is unique to the Gir National Park in Gujarat. Other possible stars of this ‘cat fest’ include Jungle and Desert Cats, while other mammals we may enjoy seeing include Asiatic Wolf and Jackal, Indian and Desert Foxes, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Asiatic Wild Ass, Wild Boar, Blackbuck, Indian Gazelle, Blue Bull, Sambar and Spotted Deer and Large Indian Fruit Bat. We should also see Marsh Crocodile, Indian Rock Python and Bengal and Desert Monitor Lizards, and that still leaves a mouth-watering list of up to 300 species of birds!
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Hats off to Panama! – £4990

February 7, 2018 – February 25, 2018

Our three exclusive bases include the world famous Canopy Tower, ranked number 91 in the top 100 birding sites of the world, with a bird list of almost 550 species! With a breathtaking 360° panorama of Soberanía National Park, few places on earth offer such a comfortable way of observing life in the rainforest canopy. No wonder it is voted one of the top fifty eco-lodges in the world! Our other two bases are owned by the same proprietor, and operated to the same high standard. Canopy Lodge, in a picturesque village inside an extinct volcanic crater at a higher elevation, less than two hours from the tower, has just twelve luxurious bedrooms, while Canopy Camp offers ‘camping’ in style, in eight large safari-type tents, on platforms with chairs and private bathrooms. This fabulous location is at the very end of the Pan-American Highway, next to Darién National Park, an impenetrable jungle on the border with Colombia, where we can hopefully see the magnificent Harpy Eagle! All three lodges have numerous superb birding sites close by, and so there is no need to travel far each day, and we will be accompanied throughout this top quality tour by the lodges’ own English-speaking professional guides, who will be familiar with all the locations, their sights and sounds, and so we can hope to see 350 – 400 different birds!
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Islay & Jura ~ Birds & Otters – £865

March 11, 2018 – March 16, 2018

On Islay there are flocks of wild geese in their tens of thousands, gathering in anticipation of the spring thaw in Greenland. Peak numbers include up to 35,000 Barnacle Geese (70% of the Greenland population) grazing alongside 14,000 White-fronted Geese of the Greenland sub-species; spectacular sights and sounds, and among this throng it is sometimes possible to pick out the odd vagrant Snow Goose or ‘true’ Canada Goose. Loch Indaal, a large sea loch, attracts numerous Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, occasional Whooper Swans and pale-bellied Brent Geese, plus Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser, up to 2,000 Scaup, Black Guillemot and various waders including Purple Sandpiper, as well as Rock Pipit, Twite and Snow Bunting. As if this were not enough, Islay is a stronghold of the rare Chough, bouncing on the air with fingered wings, and both islands are also home to a wealth of raptors including Merlin, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Buzzard and majestic Golden and White-tailed Eagles. Swarming with birds, Islay in late winter offers some of the best birding anywhere in Britain, in a wild landscape, where ancient high standing stone crosses have witnessed the history of this Gaelic isle through three millennia! On a previous trip we enjoyed daily sightings of Otters on Islay, and on Jura, over five previous visits, we have a 100% success rate for very close views of Otters!
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The Western Isles ~ Hebridean Adventure – £985

May 24, 2018

The Western Isles are one of Britain’s wildest places, home to some of our rarest birds, including Red-necked Phalarope, Black-throated Diver and half of Britain’s Corncrakes! This westernmost outpost of Britain also receives transatlantic vagrants such as American Coot, and is regularly visited by Arctic wanderers such as Gyr Falcon and Snowy Owl!
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The Western Isles ~ Hebridean Adventure ‘take II’ – £985

May 29, 2018 – June 3, 2018

The Western Isles are one of Britain’s wildest places, home to some of our rarest birds, including Red-necked Phalarope, Black-throated Diver and half of Britain’s Corncrakes! This westernmost outpost of Britain also receives transatlantic vagrants such as American Coot, and is regularly visited by Arctic wanderers such as Gyr Falcon and Snowy Owl!
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Cruise the Enchanted Galapagos Islands – £3975

September 11, 2018 – September 20, 2018

Straddling the equator, 600 miles west of the South American coast, is a remote and spectacular volcanic archipelago, nicknamed ‘The Enchanted Islands’, inhabited by an astonishing array of unique creatures, which inspired Charles Darwin to formulate his Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection in 1859. The animals here are so incredibly tame and obliging that going ashore is like becoming invisible, as one literally has to step over the fearless wildlife! Due to their isolation, many of the islands’ species are endemic, such as the five species of mammal and twenty different reptiles, including numerous prehistoric looking Marine Iguanas, the only lizard which feeds at sea, capable of diving down to thirty feet, and the iconic lumbering Giant Tortoises, which have such a long lifespan that some present day individuals may have been around when Darwin published his theory! There are also twenty-eight endemic bird species, including the celebrated Darwin’s Finches, of which there are thirteen, all derived from a common ancestor, and each now occupying its own niche thanks to a remarkable variation in bill size and shape, ranging from the deep heavy bill of the Large Ground Finch, to the fine pointed beak of the Warbler Finch. In addition to these extraordinary land birds, there are large colonies of equally approachable seabirds including around 18,000 pairs of the majestic Waved Albatross, which perform their comical courtship displays on Española (also known as Hood, as each island has both Spanish and English names). No wonder then that The Galapagos are ranked as the fifth most important birding site in the whole world!
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Ecuador ~ Andean Highlights – £2275

September 18, 2018 – September 27, 2018

The lofty Andes have a range of habitats which vary with the altitude, and so Ecuador has the world’s fourth longest bird list, despite its small size! To minimise travelling time, with just two lodges, this extension concentrates on the area around Quito, which has more than 10% of the world’s second largest bird family, the dazzling Hummingbirds, and so we may see up to thirty different species of these stunning little birds, including the amazing Sword-billed and Giant Hummingbirds, as well as a multicoloured spectrum of other exotic species, such as Golden-headed Quetzal, Toucan Barbet, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, numerous Tanagers and even the mighty Andean Condor! No wonder this area is ranked number 64 in the world’s top 100 birding sites! Throughout this fantastic trip we shall be accompanied by Juan Carlos Calvachi, one of Ecuador’s top bird guides, who knows all the songs and calls.
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