Birdwatching Holidays

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We are currently planning the following tours and would be happy to forward a brochure on request. Please use the links below to view full tour descriptions.
As well as compiling impressive birdlists, our clients always enjoy carefully selected quality accommodation and a nice social atmosphere.

Ecuador ~ Andean Highlights – £2275

September 19, 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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A ‘spin’ on The Wash – £495

October 1, 2018 – October 4, 2018

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 also have 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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Discover Wild Patagonia – £4595 or £3095 as an extension to The Falklands cruise

October 22, 2018 – October 31, 2018

The wild coasts and wide open landscapes of Patagonia are home to an interesting range of regionally endemic birds such as Rock and King Cormorants, Flying and Chubut Steamer-ducks, Upland and Ruddy-headed Geese, Austral Rail, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Dolphin Gull, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian Canastero, White-throated Cachalote, Sandy Gallito, Rusty-backed Monjita, Carbonated Sierra-finch and Patagonian Yellow-finch. We also visit the world’s largest colony of Burrowing Parrots, numbering over 100000 birds in a seven mile stretch of coastal cliffs, creating a spectacular sight, and that’s just the bird life! Naturally, we visit the world famous Valdés Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and breeding ground for over 250,000 Magellanic Penguins as well as Southern Right Whales, massive Southern Elephant Seals and Southern Sea Lions, which are on the menu for the notorious surfing Orcas! Inland we can also see strange mammals like the Guanaco and the Patagonian Mara. No wonder this region is one of the wildlife highlights of South America!

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Voyage to The Falkland Islands – £6845

October 27, 2018 – November 9, 2018

We sail from Puerto Madryn on the coast of Patagonia to the Falkland Islands for an unsurpassable wilderness and wildlife experience. The Falklands are home to the endemic Falkland Steamer Duck and Cobb’s Wren, plus restricted range specialities like Blackish Cinclodes and Striated Caracara, the world’s largest colony of Black-browed Albatross and five breeding species of Penguins; Magellanic, Macaroni, Rockhopper, Gentoo and the mighty King, totalling around one million birds! As well as all these birds, literally within touching distance, we can also see a variety of whales and dolphins, plus South American Fur Seals, Southern Sea Lions and impressive Southern Elephant Seals, the world’s largest seal, with staggeringly colossal 16.5 foot long bulls weighing up to 8,800 pounds! Imagine getting close to all of this and more.

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The Lancashire Coast – £430

November 5, 2018 – November 9, 2018

This is a great time to visit the Lancashire coast between Formby Point and Morecambe Bay, when tens of thousands of waders and wildfowl will be arriving from much further north, including around 30,000 Pink-footed Geese from Iceland and Greenland!

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Sri Lanka ~ Birds, Leopards & Blue Whales – £2895

November 24, 2018 – December 8, 2018

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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Highland Hogmanay – £1295

December 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019

This exciting trip has been organised in conjunction with Heatherlea, one of the premier Scottish tour operators, and the only one in the highlands awarded a Five Star Wildlife Experience, by the Scottish Tourist Board. Their experienced guides have a detailed local knowledge of the area and know where best to look for the specialities of the wonderful Caledonian pine forest; Crested Tit, Scottish Parrot Crossbill and the elusive Capercaillie. At this time of year dawn is at a civilised hour and so we won’t even need early starts to look for these magnificent birds! A little further afield, we can also expect to see Golden Eagle, Black and Red Grouse, and Ptarmigan and Mountain Hare, both of which will be pure white, in tune with the dramatic scenery of the mountain tops. We will also visit the Black Isle and the bird rich Moray coast, where we can hope to see all three Divers, Slavonian Grebe, Pink-footed Geese, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and possibly White-tailed Eagle, plus Short-eared Owl, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Twite, Snow Bunting, waders galore, and large concentrations of sea duck including Red-breasted Merganser, Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup and Common, Velvet and maybe even Surf Scoters. We shall also listen out for news of possible northern rarities such as Snow Goose, King Eider and Great Grey Shrike. By the end of this rewarding trip we should have seen at least 85 bird species, as well as some exciting mammals, and all amid superb scenery.

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Cruise the Enchanted Galapagos Islands – £4500

July 16, 2019 – July 25, 2019

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 – £2895

July 24, 2019 – August 1, 2019

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!

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Scilly Excitement – £1195

October 5, 2019 – October 12, 2019

With a super-mild climate, limitless fresh air, invigorating walks and smashing scenery in every direction (the whole place is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Scilly is a ‘must do’ location, and for birders there is simply no better place to go birding in Britain in Autumn. Lying 28 miles southwest of Lands End, with no further land until America, Scilly is a vital landfall for migrant birds from both east and west, and is therefore Britain’s premier site for rarities, even surpassing the legendary Fair Isle!

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