WISE BIRDING HOLIDAYS: Latest news

16th August 2017
Western Sahara April 2017 and Finland June 2017 Trip reports now online – See Trip Reports

9th June 2017
Our short 3 night break to Finland for Wolverines & Bears has just returned and was another great success! Highlights included no less than 9 different Wolverines, 2 Bears, 1 Wolf plus a nice selection of birds such as Great Grey Owl, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Capercaillie.
Join us next year for this great value break when we also hope to include Saimaa Ringed Seals too!

26th May 2017
GHANA: Upper Guinea Forest Specialities Trip report now online HERE



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th May 2017
New NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA: Birds & Mammals Trip report from November 2016 now online: HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


30th April 2017
Our first tour to the Western Sahara has just returned. See photo highlights below.
It was full of exciting birding, great mammals and reptiles, wonderful and ever changing landscapes and delicious food too! Highlights included: Royal Tern, Lesser-crested Tern, Cricket Warbler, Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Crowned Sandgrouse, “African” Dunn’s Lark, Black-crowned Sparrowlark, Sudan Golden Sparrows, huge flocks of Desert Sparrow and of course many mammals and reptiles such as Fennec Fox, Ruppell’s Fox, the highly sought after Sand Cat and numerous Horned Vipers! Trip report coming soon.
Why not join us next year!? See 2018 Tours.

 

11th March 2017
Minnesota: Canada Lynx Quest Trip Report now online HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28th February 2017
Just returned from a very successful trip to Minnesota where our primary target, Canadian Lynx, certainly did not disappoint! We will be running this tour again next year, but group size is very small so please email to confirm your place early! A few tour highlights below. Trip report coming soon……

6th February 2017
Our Ghana Upper Guinea Forests Tour has just returned.
Here are just a few of the highlights.
Full Trip Report available soon!

22nd January 2017
California Trip Report now added: Bobcats, Bears, Seabirds & Yosemite Sep 2016

17th January 2017
Our Northern Spain: Wildcats, Wolves & Wallcreepers Trip Report from August 2016 now added HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21st December 2016
Our Northern Pantanal: Birds & Mammals Trip Report from July 2016 now added HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


26th November 2016
Our tour to Namibia, Botswana and Zambia has returned after a fabulous 16 days wildlife watching. This tour focused on mammals as much as birds and we enjoyed an amazing 55 species of mammal and over 400 species of bird! Mammal highlights included Brown Hyena, Aardwolf, Wild Dog, Leopard, Cheetah and both Roan and Sable Antelopes, to name just a few! Bird highlights were equally impressive with Herero Chat, Dune Lark, Racquet-tailed Roller, Rufous-bellied Tit, Rock Pratincole, Schalow’s Turaco and the incredible Pel’s Fishing Owl which was voted bird of the trip! Add to this, some amazing scenery and first class accommodation and you have all the ingredients for a wonderful tour.

The full trip report will be posted in due course and keep your eyes on the website for a new “Mostly Mammals” Tour to this part of the world……

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Finland: Owls and Wolverines Trip Report June 2016 now added

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28th September
Just returned from our first California trip for Bobcats, Bears, Seabirds and Yosemite! It was a great tour with all key species seen well and some fabulous scenery too! Highlights included 10 species of Woodpecker, Black-footed Albatross, Buller’s Shearwater, Rhinoceros Auklet, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Greater Roadrunner, California Condor as well as numerous mammals including Bobcat, Black Bear, Humpback Whale, 3 species of Dolphin and the very rare Baird’s Beaked Whale too. Looking forward to our 2017 tour already! Why not join us!?

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5th September
Southern Morocco Trip Report for March 2016 just added HERE

29th August 2016
Another great trip to the Cantabrian Mountains and the Picos de Europa NP of Northern Spain has just returned. This was Wise Birding Holidays second Wildcats, Wolves and Wallcreepers tour and it was another great success. Highlights included up to 6 different Wildcats, 2 Wolves and a male Wallcreeper, plus Golden Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Honey Buzzard, Alpine Accentor, Alpine Chough, Alpine Newt, Seoane’s Viper, numerous butterflies and more!

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27th July 2016
Just returned from another great trip focusing on Brazil’s Northern Pantanal only. Once again we encountered fabulous wildlife watching and first class views! A great tally of 25 mammals and 212 birds with highlights including five Jaguars including cubs, both Anteaters, Giant and Neotropical River Otters, Brazilian Tapir, Tayra, Hyacinth Macaws, Yellow-collared Macaws, Subtropical Doradito, Helmeted Manakin five species of Kingfisher and much,much more!

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Recently returned from our new “Owls & Wolverines tour to Finland which was very successful with Great Grey Owl, Ural Owl, Hawk Owl, Tengmalm’s Owl and Pygmy Owl all seen well plus numerous Wolverines & Brown Bear. Plus many more great birds. We shall be putting this trip on again for 2017. Below are some highlights!

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2nd May 2016
Whale Sharks, Manatees and Birds of Mexico coming soon for 2017!
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31st March 2016
Another very successful trip to Morocco has just returned – Here are just some of the highlights.
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3rd March 2016
New Minnesota: Winter Birds & Mammals Trip Report added from recent January tour.PG-male-1600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th February 2016
New Sri Lanka Trip Report added from recent December 2015 tour.Spurfowl-male

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th January 2016
New trip report added  BRAZIL: Birds and Mammals of the Northern Pantanal and Cerrado Trip Report

25th January 2016
Our first tour to Minnesota has just returned and was a great success.  Birding was fantastic and included some great rarities such as Ivory Gull and Gyr Falcon as well as more expected species like Snowy Owl, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee. Mammals were a definite highlight also with 9 species recorded including American Marten, Fisher, Moose, Wolf, North American Porcupine and our prime target too, a brief sighting of a Canada Lynx! Some highlights from the tour below. We shall be running his tour again in early 2017, so be sure to book soon!

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22nd December 2015
Recently returned from a great tour to Sri Lanka where, despite some poor weather at the start of the tour, we saw a good number of endemic birds including the magical Serendib Scops Owl. Of course, mammals featured highly too with Sloth Bear being a highlight and the group even found a second record for Sri Lanka, a Grey-necked Bunting! It really is a great country with so much more than just endemic birds. It simply has it all, wonderful scenery, great food, friendly people and of course great wildlife. Why not join us next year? In the meantime, enjoy a selection of photos from the 2015 tour below.SerendibBlue-MagpieGN-BuntingSlothJungle-CatFrogmouthLSPYE-BulbulGrey-LangurSpurfowlBryde's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th October 2015

Just returned from Brazil after a very successful Northern Pantanal & Cerrado Birds and Mammals Tour. The birding was superb as always but the mammals often eclipsed the birds! A fantastic trip with 26 mammal species including Puma, Jaguar, Ocelot, Maned Wolf, Tayra and Giant Anteater and over 300 bird species. Trip report in due course.
Please email to book your place on a Mammal Specialities Tour to this area in 2017……

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28th September 2015
Wildcats, Wolves and Wallcreepers
Trip Report added

7th September 2015

Recently returned from our first Wildcats, Wolves and Wallcreepers short break to Northern Spain. It certainly did not disappoint with a minimum of 9 individual Wildcats seen (including kittens) plus 3 Iberian Wolves (including cubs) and of course the beautiful Wallcreeper. In addition, we also enjoyed other birds such as Honey Buzzard and Alpine Accentor and other mammals such as Chamois and Spanish Ibex and all amongst fantastic scenery! Looking forward to the 2016 tour already! Thanks to tour participant John Nadin for allowing me to use his cracking shot of these two Wildcat Kittens that we saw on our last full day!

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25th August
Helen and I had a great weekend at the Bird Fair and met many old and new friends. It was brilliant to discuss new destinations with many of you so please keep checking the website as new destinations for 2017 are being plotted!
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22nd July
Our December 2016 Gambia Tour itinerary is now online!

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10th March 2015   Eurasian Lynx Quest Tour is great success!
The first of our Bird and Mammal winter short breaks to beautiful Estonia has recently returned home.  The birding tour highlights included a superb flock of 260+ Steller’s Eider close inshore, Nutcracker, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers and some wonderful Estonian food too!
Our mammal tour started immediately after the birding tour and focused on trying to see one of Europe’s most elusive mammals, the Eurasian Lynx. The tour could not have started any better with a superb Eurasian Lynx seen very well on the first night of the holiday! The animal was watched for a good couple of minutes by spotlight in an open field at a range of just 70 metres. Ten other mammal species were recorded including Eurasian Elk, Mountain Hares, Wild Boar as well as Ural Owl and Eurasian Pygmy Owl.

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16th February 2015
Another successful trip to Spain’s Sierra de Andujar with a wonderful encounter with an Iberian Lynx as well as some great birds and other mammals. Highlights included: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Spanish Ibex, Mouflon, Otter, Azure-winged Magpie, Black Vulture and more! See Video HERE
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13th January 2015
Just returned from another great trip to Spain’s Sierra de Andujar where we had fantastic weather and some exceptional Iberian Lynx sightings. We enjoyed 9 different sightings of at least three different animals in just 4 days! Other highlights included Spanish Imperial Eagles, Spanish Ibex, Black Vulture, Azure-winged Magpies and Crested Tit.

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1st December
We have one place remaining on our Iberian Lynx and Eagles short break to Spain. Dates are Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th January 2015. Please email to book.

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31st July
MOROCCO – Birder’s Specialities Tour 2014  Trip Report now addedwcbw

22nd June
Our recent tour to Madeira was a great success with fanatstic views of Zino’s Petrel, Fea’s (Desertas) Petrel and both Band-rumped (Madeiran) and White-faced Storm Petrels. Plus Sperm Whales, Atlantic Spotted, Common, Bottlenose and Striped Dolphins and the endemic land birds, Trocaz Pigeon and Madeiran Firecrest. Now taking bookings for 2015……

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23rd May

Just returned from our first trip to Finland where we saw 6 species of Owl plus many other specials! Highlights included no less than 3 different Great Grey Owls, 2 Hawk Owls, 2 Tengmalm’s Owls and Ural Owl plus Red-flanked Bluetail, Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay and Three-toed Woodpecker plus much more! Trip Report available soon

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10th April
A few photos from the recently returned Morocco Tour. Highlights were many, but the Pharaoh Eagle Owl and Egyptian Nightjar were voted as the top two birds of the trip.This is always a great trip and travelling throughout the entire tour by 4X4 allows excellent views and great opportunities for photography.

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Just returned from a very successful winter recce to Estonia and although not enough time to visit all the key sites, the species list for just 4 days was still very impressive. One of the clear highlights was seeing a huge flock of 300 Steller’s Eiders!
Other highlights included:
Long-tailed Duck – 1,000+
WT Eagle – 14+
Great Grey Shrike – 5+
Nutcracker – 5
White-backed Woodpecker- 1
Black Woodpecker – 2
Hawk Owl – 1
Eurasian Pygmy Owl – 1
Hazel Grouse – 1
Black Grouse – 13
Capercaillie – 5
Parrot Crossbill – 2
Plus 3 Racoon Dog, 8+ Elk and 3 Mountain Hares

 

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Find out about how Wise Birding are supporting Cuckoo-200Devon’s Cuckoos……
Following a donation from our recent Ghana tour, we will be helping with the sponsorship of a Cuckoo that will be taken from Dartmoor, fitted with a satellite tag and then released in Spring 2014. You can watch the bird’s journey by following the BTO’s Tacking Cuckoos to Africa Project. You can find out more on our Conservation News Page HERE

 

 

9th December
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Just returned from another trip great to Ghana where we recorded over 400 species of bird, including the two “must see” birds –  the amazing Yellow-headed Picathartes  and the fantastic Egyptian Plover!Pica-Pete
We were treated to some great views of the Picathartes with up to 5 birds coming in to their roost site and the Egyptian Plovers gave incredibly close views, where we also discovered a young chick which is thought to be the first confirmed breeding record for Ghana! See Videos HERE

 

Ghana is a truly friendly country with some fantastic birds and other wildlife. The road networks are good and the hotels are clean and adequate. If you want a West African Birding Adventure then Ghana is for you!
Other clear highlights were: 8 species of Hornbill, Blue-moustached Bee-Eater, Black Bee-Eater, Rosy Bee-Eater, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Standard-winged Nightjar, Fraser’s Eagle Owl and much more!

 

14th November
Azores trip report now added from September 2013 with thanks to Azores NatureMonteiro's Storm Petrel

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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New Trip Reports added for:
ITALY: Abruzzo NP – Bears, Woodpeckers & Rock Partridge May 2013
MOROCCO: Southern Morocco – Birders’ Specialities March 2013

 

 

 

 

 

25th May 2013
Just returned from a very successful short break to the Abruzzo National Park, Italy. We had some incredible views of the endemic race Marsican Brown Bear on 4 out of 5 days and all without visiting an expensive baited hide! Some good birds too, with Rock Partridge and White-backed Woodpecker!

 

18th April 2013
An update from Eduardo Santos – Project Co-ordinator of Programma Lince in Portugal on how our money is helping this great project HERE

9th April 2013
African Rock Martin – This is one of up to 10 birds that we discovered south of Merzouga. Now considered a rarity in Morocco…….
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26 March 2013
Just back from a very successful tour to Southern Morocco – Trip Report to be posted soon. In the meantime, here are a few images from the tour – Now taking bookings for 2014 HERE:
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2nd March 2013
Just returned from our Iberian Lynx Tour which was a ruly unforgettable experience! We enjoyed Lynx sightings every day and saw at least 4 and probably 5 different animals, including a mother and older cub and an animal crossing the track right in front of us. Truly wonderful!
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16th February 2013
A few of the highlights of a recent trip to Southern Morocco:
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4th December
One of the Iberian Lynx seen on recent November tour.

30th November
Just returned from a great short break in search of Iberian Lynx. Great views of two different animals, including an animal hunting rabbits!

Bird highlights included:
200+ Common Cranes, hundreds of Greater Flamingos, Glossy Ibis, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Black Vulture and Eagle Owl. Other mammal highlights included: Spanish Ibex, Mouflon, Wild Boar and a number of bats including Greater Mouse-Eared and Shreiber’s Bat. Not bad for just a 4 night break!

 

9th November
A recent trip to the fabulous REGUA bird lodge in Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest whilst guding for Heatherlea produced some excellent night birding! Fabulous views of both Black-Banded and Tawny-Browed Owls, Tropical Screech Owl and Giant Snipe…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21st August Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just returned from the Birdfair and have now cooled down after the hot and sticky Marquee! Great to meet you all and to hear the positive comments about the conservation projects that we are supporting. There are plenty of new destinations and associated conservation projects in the pipeline following the Birdfair, so keep checking the website!

24th May Update
Just returned from an amazing trip to Abruzzo NP where we had 3 different bear sightings including two animals mating and showing exceptionally for an hour! Also great views of White-backed Woodpecker and Apennine Chamois – Trip report to be posted soon. In the meantime check out the video from the tour – See Menu Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 


16th April Update
Just written a piece on Birding in Ghana for the excellent 10,000 Birds website: http://10000birds.com/ghana-%E2%80%93-upper-guinea-forest-birding-at-its-best.htm

24th March 2012 Update
Check out this great shot of what has to be Ghana’s most wanted bird, Yellow-headed Picathartes. This photo was taken by Barry Wright who recently joined me on a tour I was leading for Zoothera Global Birding.
The bird just posed for us and began preening just metres away from us – Truly stunning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th February 2012 Update
We are pleased to announce our new Facebook Page!
Wise Birding Holiday’s Facebook Page

 

 

 

Do not despair if you are not a Facebook Fan – You do not need to have a Facebook account to visit it.