AUGUST 2017 NORTHERN SPAIN:
Wallcreepers, Wolves & Wildcats:
This five day break to a very special range of mountains in Northern Spain gives you a good chance of seeing what has to be one of the most highly prized of Alpine birds, the Wallcreeper as well as time spent looking for Wolves and Wildcats! We will be based in the beautiful Cantabrian Mountains in the heart of Wolf and Willdcat county but also great for birding. When visiting the nearby Picos Mountains we will look for Wallcreeper, Snow Finch, Alpine Accentor and more! Click on the Wallcreeper to find out more.
SEPTEMBER 2017 CALIFORNIA:
Bobcats, Bears, Seabirds & Yosemite:
California has a great climate and plenty of wildlife and September is the perfect time for seabirds as well as some key mammals. The tour focuses on four areas – Monterey Bay for its abundance of marine life, the Panoche Valley for Bobcats and arid speciality birds, Sequoia NP for Black Bears and Yosemite National Park for stunning scenery and many great birds. Click on the Black-footed Albatross for more information.
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017 CENTRAL CHILE / PATAGONIA:
Penguins, Pumas, Plovers & Petrels!
We are very excited to announce this new tour that quite simply has everything! It has fabulous waders, such as the highly sought after Diademed Sandpiper Plover, Magellanic Plover and Rufous-chested Dotterel, stunning seabirds including numerous Albatrosses, a visit to a King Penguin colony, a good chance of Puma and other mammals and all in a spectacular landscape! Click on the Diademed Sandpiper Plover to find out more!
NOVEMBER 2017 BRAZIL:
Atlantic Rainforest Bird Lodges REGUA & Itororo
This exciting two base birding holiday stays in two of the best bird lodges in the Atlantic Forest; the Eco-Lodge Itororó and REGUA Bird lodge, both within 3 hours drive of Rio de Janeiro. We spend five nights at each of these fabulous and very comfortable lodges both with great birding from the garden and also perfect for a non-birding partner to relax. Both lodges are located at different altitudes and therefore attract different species and are well placed for many of the speciality birds. The beauty of this tour, is that many of the birding trails are very close to both lodges. Birding really does start on the doorstep with first class bird feeders in the grounds of both lodges and a bird rich wetland with hides, visible from the Lodge grounds at REGUA. Hummingbirds are also regular visitors to the feeders at both lodges. Click on the Blue Manakin to find out more Only 2 places left
JANUARY 2018 SRI LANKA:
Endemic birds & Leopards New itinerary
Join us for this great two week trip packed full of great birds and other wildlife. We willl focus on finding the key endemic birds but also other wildlife such as Leopards when we visit the beautiful Wilpatthu NP. This park is far less busy than Yala and it has some great birding too. We also visit the famous Sinharaja Forest for highly sought after species like Sri Lanka Frogmouth and Serendib Scops Owl. Click on the Sri Lanka Blue Magpies to find out more
JANUARY 2018 BULGARIA:
Winter Wild Goose Chase!
This short winter break is designed to enjoy the spectacle of hundreds, possibly thousands (dependent on the year) of Red-breasted Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese. We spend three nights in Bulgaria birding the various wetland RAMSAR sites and two nights in Romania where, geese aside, winter birding can be very exciting. Other target species include Syrian Woodpecker, Pallas’s Gull, Dalmatian Pelican and roosting Long-eared Owls. Click on the Red-breasted Geese to find out more
FEBRUARY 2018 USA, MINNESOTA:
Northern Owls and Canada Lynx
This fabulous winter break to Minnesota is primarily focused on trying to see Canadian Lynx. We have run this trip for the last two years now and been successful on both tours. See our trip report from 2017 where we had incredible views!
Dependent on our success with the Lynx, we will also make a couple of day trips to look for Owls. At this time of year, we have excellent chances of finding Great Grey Owl, Snowy Owl, and maybe Hawk Owl, We will also look for Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Sharp-tailed Grouse and rarities! Click on the Great Grey Owl to find out more.
FEBRUARY 2018 ESTONIA:
Steller’s Eider Long Weekend
A great short break to Estonia focusing on the winter specials! This time of year is perfect for seeing large flocks of Steller’s Eider which winter off the Estonian coast. We will spend 2 nights on the island of Saaremaa and a night on the mainland where we hope to find a good selection of winter birds. Late winter is a great time of year for seeing owls, with Hawk Owl, Ural Owl, Tengmalm’s Owl and Pygmy Owl all possible. Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Nutcracker, Capercaillie and Hazel Grouse are also possible on this great 4 day break. Click on the beautiful drake Steller’s Eider to find out more!
FEBRUARY 2018 SPAIN:
Extremadura in Winter
This winter break is designed to capture the best of Extremadura in winter with a touch of spring thrown in. The amazing spectacle of thousands of Cranes feeding and migrating is an incredible sight and a wonderful cacophony of sounds. Bustard flocks are impressive at this time of year too with both Great and Little Bustards. We will also look for Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse as well as numerous raptors and larks. Early spring migrants may include the first Great Spotted Cuckoos. Click on the Spanish Imperial Eagle to find out more
MARCH 2018 NEPAL:
Birds, Red Pandas and Tigers
We are pleased to have this new tour that is packed full of great birds as well as some iconic mammal species too! This 16 day tour visits the mountain region of Dobate for Red Pandas and montance specialities, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve for great birding and finally Chitwan NP for Tigers and more great birding. Speciality birds we hope to find include gems such as Scaly Thrush, Siberian Rubythroat as well as Indian Courser, Blue-bearded Bee-Eater, Red-headed Trogon and Bengal Florican to name just a few. Click on the Siberian Rubythroat to find out more!
MARCH 2018 WESTERN SAHARA:
Golden Nightjars and Sand Cats
Join us on this exciting tour searching for the newly discovered Golden Nightjar, Dunn’s Lark, Cricket Longtail & vagrants. We will also be looking for key mammals on this trip too with possibilities of Sand Cat and Fennec Fox and more!
Click on the Golden Nightjar by Peter Stronach
APRIL 2018 SOUTHERN MOROCCO:
Birders’ Specialities Tour
A fantastic12 day tour focusing on the specialities that this great country has to offer. From the spectacular Atlas mountains to the barren Sahara Desert and concluding on the Atlantic Coast. This trip is packed full of birds, great scenery, great food and great accommodation! Target species include: Thick-billed Lark, Tristram’s Warbler, African Desert Warbler, Crimson-winged Finch, Northern Bald Ibis and Pharaoh Eagle Owl to name just a few. Click on the Moussier’s Redstart for more
MAY 2018 GREECE:
Bird migration on the island of Kos
Lying in the southern Aegean Sea the small Greek Island of Kos with a wealth of archaeological sites makes for a fascinating birdwatching venue during the peak migration period. Close to the Turkish mainland with several good wetland areas as well as mountains and hills it provides diversity for both resident and migrant birds. At this time of year we should be treated with numerous raptors, herons, waders and passerines. We will be split for choices as highlights are many and may include Eleonora’s Falcons, Bonelli’s Eagle, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Masked Shrike, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Ruppell’s Warbler, Roller and Black-headed Bunting to name just a few! Click on the Collared Pratincole to find out more
MAY 2018 ITALY:
Rock Partridge & Bears
This 5 day break is focused on trying to see the endemic Marsican Brown Bear in the beautiful Abruzzo NP. However, just a short drive away is a very reliable spot to see one of the Western Palearctic’s harder species, the Rock Partridge. On one day we shall visit this area to search for this difficult bird. The rest of the tour will be spent bear watching and looking for other birds such as White-backed Woodpecker and Collared Flycatcher. Click on the Rock Partridge by Ian Merrill for more details.
JULY 2018 MEXICO:
Birds & Whale Sharks of the Yucatan Peninsula
The Yucatan Peninsula is an expansive limestone Peninsula that extends northward into the Gulf of Mexico and eastward into the Caribbean Sea. The area has around 548 bird species and as many as 16 regional endemics making it a superb birding destination. Our itinerary takes us to a variety of the best birding habitats, including mangrove estuaries, tropical forest, lowland jungle and the endless turquoise seas where we will spend the last two days of our tour looking for and an option to swim with the graceful Whale Shark! This is a fairly relaxed birding tour where with plenty of time to visit some of the magnificent archeological ruins too. Click on the Yucatan Jay to find out more
AUGUST 2018 BRAZIL:
Northern Pantanal & Cerrado Birds & Mammals
This tour is focused on seeing the key birds and mammals of the Cerrado grasslands close to the Chapadas dos Guimaraes NP and the vast wetlands of the Northern Pantanal. The Cerrado is a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil where many speciality birds can be found. This tour begins close to the Chapadas dos Guimaraes NP where we stay for 3 nights and target many of the key birds such as Collared Crescentchest and Horned Sungem. We also have a good chance of Maned Wolf! The Pantanal is one of the world’s largest wetlands and during August it is teeming with wildlife. Our focus shall be all wildlife, but with a particular effort to see the key birds and the key mammals during our 9 night stay. Watching Jabirus, Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks feeding together, looking for Agami or Zig Zag Heron, searching for Giant Anteater or simply watchiing the world’s largest macaw, the Pantanal is quite simply fabulous for wildlife! Our itinerary also has two full days dedicated to exploring the river Cuiaba and its tributaries by boat where we have our best chance of finding Jaguar! Click on the Hyacinth Macaws to find out more
OCTOBER 2018 NORTHERN SPAIN:
Lammergeiers & Wallcreepers in the Pyrenees
This short late Autumn break to the Pyrenees gives you and excellent chance of seeing both Lammergeier and Wallcreeper very well indeed, with some great photographic opportunities. We will also look for alpine specialities such as Alpine Accentor and Snow Finch as well as Bustards and Sandgrouse. Staying in a very homely guest house with great food! Click on the Lammergeier to find out more
NOVEMBER 2018 GHANA:
Picathartes & Plover Tour
This 16 day tour focuses on all the specialities of Ghana’s wonderful forest and savannah species. The itinerary covers the usual haunts of Kakum, Atewa and of course the “must see” Yellow-headed Picathartes site. However, we will also spend some time in the often neglected Ankasa Forest Reserve which has some of the best forest in Ghana. A trip to the far north includes Mole NP with great birds and mammals and a day looking for Egyptian Plovers in the Bolgatanga Region. Ghana is a great country with some great birds and very friendly people. Click on the Black Dwarf Hornbill to find out more.