Our first tour to Oman was led by Wise Birding leader Dave Astins and was a great success with 226 species of bird recorded.
Highlights included Omani Owl, Desert Owl, Arabian Eagle Owl, Sociable Lapwing, Crab Plover, Hypocolius, Arabian Grosbeak, Jouanin’s Petrel, Masked Booby, Forest Wagtail, Dideric Cuckoo, Asian Desert Warbler, Yemen Serin and much more! Below are just a few of the tour highlights.
Belated photo highlights from our Mostly Mammals tour of Brazil’s Emas National Park and Southern Pantanal where we recorded 28 mammals and a great selection of birds. Highlights included no less than 8 separate Maned Wolf encounters including animals during daylight hours, 2 Ocelots, 2 Jaguars, 13 Giant Anteaters, 2 Southern Tamanduas as well as Tapirs, Neotropical and Giant Otter, Yellow and Nine-banded Armadillos and many more!
Bird highlights included the range restricted White-winged Nightjar and Blaze-winged Parakeet.
We are running this tour again in July next year with an amended itinerary and price to that currently online.
Please email us for details as last places available.
We have been busy adding some new trip reports to the website.
Photo highlights from our recent Mostly Mammals tour to Emas NP and the Southern Pantanal in Brazil will be posted in the coming days….
We have just returned from another fabulous trip to Georgia and Armenia on our very popular “Birding the Caucasus” tour where once again we enjoyed fabulous scenery, amazing food, great accommodation and fantastic birds!
These two countries are simply packed full of birds and always in a stunning landscape!. We recorded 221 species and even managed to see three Brown Bears too! Highlights were many but included many memorable sightings in the mountains with Guldenstadt’s Redstarts, Great Rosefinch and all three Grouse/Snowcocks with great views of Caucasian and Caspian Snowcock and Caucasian Grouse. Other fabulous birds seen very well included Levant Sparrowhawk, Radde’s Accentor, White-winged Snowfinch, Red-tailed Wheatear and Finsch’s Wheatear, Grey-necked Bunting, Menetrie’s Warbler, White-throated Robin, Western and Eastern Rock Nuthatches, Calandra and Bimaculated Lark, Green Warbler, Semicollared Flycatcher and much much more! We will be running this tour again in April 2024.
Since our last update, we have been away in Uganda on our Golden Cat Quest. This was our second tour focused on looking for this very difficult cat species and we came incredibly close. In fact, we sent one of our clients on a private tour with our ground agent and they saw an animal at 5 metres range for over a minute, just a few days before we arrived!!
We have no doubt that our persistence will pay off eventually. However, the beauty of this tour is that whilst being focused on the cat, we are still seeing a fabulous selection of other mammals and birds, so even without a sighting of Golden Cat this tour has so much to offer. Despite no Golden Cat, this year’s tour was greatly enjoyed by everyone for the sheer diversity of mammals seen, as well as some great birds.
Below are just some of the highlights from the tour which included great views of Serval, Lion, Spotted-necked Otter, White-bellied Pangolin, Eastern Gorilla, Chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Blue Monkey, Mantled Guereza, Ugandan Crested Mangabey, East African Potto, Giant Forest Hog, East African Potto, 4 species of Galago, Lord Derby’s Anomalure and much more! Of course we also saw plenty of birds including the mighty Shoebill, Great Blue Turaco, Papyrus Gonolek and White-spotted Flufftail to name just a few. We are running this tour again in 2024 and gaining invaluable knowledge from our trail cameras, but spaces are limited so please do email if interested.
We have just returned from a pioneering winter tour to Mongolia looking for Snow Leopard and Pallas’s Cat and it was a great success!
Our small group enjoyed no less than 18 hours of watching Snow Leopard and 1.5hrs with Pallas’s Cat! Being winter, other mammals were in short supply but we had good views of Argali and Przewalski’s Horse as well as Siberian Ibex, large herds of Mongolian Gazelles and a single Black-tailed Gazelle.
Though not the best time for birding, we still saw a number of good species including Lammergeier, Saker, Henderson’s Ground Jay, Azure Tit, Long-tailed Rosefinch and both Red and Black-throated Thrushes. Below is a short video of just some of the tour highlights from this fabulous country.
We will be running this tour again in Jan/Feb 2024. Please email us to secure your places as it will be another small group.
We have just returned from our first tour to Senegal and what a fabulous country! We saw all the speciality birds that we hoped to find and a good selection of other West African species and all whilst staying in some very nice accommodation with great food too! Highlights included at least 4 Quail Plovers including incredible views of one bird on the ground, 2 Golden Nightjars seen well pre-dawn and dusk, Little Grey Woodpecker, Sennar Penduline Tit, West African Crested Tern and an incredible 3 White-crested Tiger Herons! Other species included Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Temminck’s Courser, Spotted Thick-knee, Goliath Heron and much more! We also saw some good mammal including Patas Monkey, Marsh Mongoose, Four-toed Hedgehog and African Golden Wolf. Why not join us in January 2024?
Our two successful Eurasian Lynx Quest Trip Reports from November 2022 are now online.
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Our Uganda tour report from July is now online at Trip Reports
Another great trip to this fantastic country with a total o4 477 birds and 45 mammals
Recent tour reports from our two successful Lynx Quest Tours to Estonia in November and our West Papua tour will be posted soon.
Our visit to Uganda in March this year involved a pioneering tour to look for African Golden Cat.
Trip report now added –Trip Reports
We are running 2 similar tours to search for African Golden Cat in March 2023 and putting much of what we have learned over the last year into practice to what will hopefully be a successful result! Please contact us to secure last places.
New mammal focused trip reports from Finland and Western Sahara now added.
JULY 2022: UGANDA Birding Tour Plus Gorillas & Chimps
We have just returned from yet another tour of the wonderful country that is Uganda! This time our itinerary focused on birding, though we still managed to see a fabulous selection of mammals too! We recorded over 460 birds including numerous stand-out highlights which included the following.
The fabulous sight of a Shoebill catching a Lungfish on the Mabamaba Swamp, a Green-breasted Pitta feeding recently fledged young in Kibale Forest, Grauer’s Broadbill feeding young near the nest at Mubwindi Swamp, hundreds of African Skimmers skimming within metres of our boat at Murchison Falls NP, White-backed Night Heron at the nest and two female African Finfoots on Lake Mburo, ridiculous views of a Dwarf Bittern in Queen Elizabeth NP and a fabulous day of Kingfishers at the Royal Mile in Budongo Forest with Chocolate-backed Kingfisher and African Dwarf Kingfisher within minutes of each other. Plus numerous Albertine Rift Endemics such as Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Rwenzori Apalis, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe and Archer’s Ground Robin to name just a few!
The mammals were equally impressive with memorable time spent with the Chimpanzees of Kibale and the Gorillas of Bwindi, as well as an impressive list of other mammals including Leopard, Lion, Elephants, Oribi, Hartebeest and Eland. Come and join us next year and experience why Uganda really is the Pearl of Africa!
MAY 2022: GEORGIA & ARMENIA
Just returned from a fantastic tour of both Georgia and Armenia where we enjoyed wonderful people, great food, stunning scenery and of course, many fantastic birds! Highlights included Caucasian Grouse and Caucasian Snowcock, Great Rosefinch, Mountain Chiffchaff, Menetries’s Warbler, Grey-necked Bunting, Red-tailed Wheatear, Radde’s Accentor and much much more.
We will be running a new Mostly Mammals Tour here in 2023 as well as our standard Birding Tour.
Although this was primarily a birding tour, we also had some great mammal sightings including numerous Brown Bears and a fabulous Eurasian Lynx watched for 40 minutes!
We have just returned from an exciting new tour to Uganda: African Golden Cat Quest: Plus Gorillas, Chimps and Shoebill The main aim of this tour was to focus on mammals with a particular effort on trying for the incredibly elusive African Golden Cat! Despite coming close, we did not see the Cat, but we still saw a fabulous selection of other mammals which was always our intention. We also learned a great deal from local people on finding the Golden Cat, so we are very excited for our tours next year!
Highlights from the tour included 43 species of mammal including two species only recorded on trail camera (Yellow-backed Duiker and Rusty-spotted Genet). Species seen included Forest Elephant, Alexander’s Cusimanse, Black-fronted Duiker, African Civet, Spectacled Lesser Galago, Thomas’s Dwarf Galago, Thick-tailed Greater Galago, Lord Derby’s Anomalure, Angola Colobus, Ashy Red Colobus, Mantled Guerza, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Blue Monkey, Uganda Crested Mangabey, and of course the fabulous Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees.
Despite being more mammal focused, we still saw a great selection of birds including a number of Albertine Rift Endemics that included Strange Weaver, Regal Sunbird, Mountain Masked Apalis and Stripe-breasted Tit. Our last day of the tour also allowed some great views of the mighty Shoebill.
We have just returned from two of our favourite winter tours to North America where, once again we enjoyed the fabulous wildlife of California and of course our Canada Lynx Quest to Minnesota. Below are highlights from each tour:
Our Minnesota Canada Lynx Quest in Feb 2022 was our seventh successful tour.
We are proud to have started this pioneering tour back in 2016. This year we guided a private tour of six fellow cat fanatics and the Lynx forced us to work for it. However, the views were simply incredible in the end!! On our last day we were rewarded with the simply magical sighting of a mother with three yearlings. Other mammal highlights included American Marten, Moose, Snowshoe Hare and Coyote. Bird highlights included Spruce and Ruffed Grouse, Pine Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, Arctic Redpoll, Boreal Chickadee and Bald Eagle.
In California we were treated to 161 wonderful species of bird and 19 mammal species.
Bird highlights included thousands of Snow and Ross’s Geese, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ridgway’s Rail, Sandhill Crane, a great selection of waders including Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone and Surfbird, Rhinoceros Auklet, Yellow-billed Magpie, Townsend’s and Prairie Warblers, Varied Thrush Northern Saw-Whet Owl and many more! Mammal highlights included Grey Whale, Risso’s Dolphin, Sea Otter, North American River Otter, Coyote and multiple Bobcats!