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Peru - Amazon, High Andes, Cloud Forest August 24th - September 12th

We return to Peru for another truly remarkable birding experience as we visit the Amazon Rainforest, the High Andes, Cloud Forests and the Pacific Coast. On this 20 day tour we can expect hundreds of different species if birds, many mammals, reptiles, butterflies and lots of local culture such as the Inca ruins at Macchu Picchu. Many of the birds that we'll see are endemic to Peru and lots of others have very restricted ranges.
There'll be numerous different Tinamou, Hummingbirds, Tanagers, Parrots and Macaws, Owls, Puffbirds, Cuckoos, Woodpeckers, Nunbirds, Woodcreepers, Toucans, Trogons, Antbirds, Antwrens, Antshrikes, Foliage Gleaners, Herons, Waders and Terns.
We'd hope that these would include Andean Cock of the Rock, Zigzag Heron, Sunbittern, Hoatzin, Jabiru, Many coloured Rush Tyrant, Giant Hummingbird, Royal Cinclodes, Andean Hillstar, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Highland Motmot, Golden headed Quetzal, Deep blue Flowerpiercer, Lyre tailed Nightjar, Military Macaw, Blue headed Macaw, Golden tailed Sapphire, Common Potoo, Fasciated Tiger Heron, White eyed, Cobalt winged and Dusky cheeked Parrotlets, Ornate Antwren, Purus Jacamar, Cream coloured Woodpecker, Collared Puffbird amongst many, many more species.
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Estonia - Birds & Mammals September 18th - 25th

A great autumn visit to Estonia where we'll enjoy a good number of birds as well as spending time in search of the numerous different mammals to be found in the country. Sites that we'll visit will include the Nona Reserve, Spithami, Haversi, Silma NR, Haapsalu, Marimetsa, Matsalu National Park, Lahemaa National Park and the Bear Hide at Alutaguse. Mammals by their nature are elusive animals at the best of times but we'll hope to see Elk, Beaver, Ringed Seal, Brown Bear, Wolf, European Mink, Racoon Dog, Wild Boar, Northern & Pond Bats and Flying Squirrel amongst them with a slim chance of Lynx too. Any specific species is not guaranteed !!
There's some very good birding on this trip too and our target species will include Tengmalm's Owl, Pygmy Owl, Ural Owl, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Red necked Grebe, Common Crane, Penduline Tit, Great Grey Shrike, Lesser spotted Eagle, Spotted Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, White backed Woodpecker, Three toed Woodpecker, Grey headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker and lots of wildfowl that could include Red breasted Geese.

Shetland & Fair Isle - Autumn Migration September 19th - 29th

An 11 day visit to the Northern Isles at peak migration time is sure to yield an excellent list of scarce and rarer species of birds as we spend time on mainland Shetland and on Fair Isle. Of course exact species cannot be guaranteed but our visit coincides with peak time for the Fair Isle specilaities of Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warbler and Pechora Pipit and on our recent autumn Shetland tours we've also seen Isabelline Shrike, Alpine Swift, Lesser Grey Shrike, Pallid Harrier, Citrine Wagtail, Surf Scoter, King Eider, Coue's Arctic Redpoll, River Warbler,
Black headed Bunting, Little Bunting, Buff breasted Sandpiper along with the more ‘usual' Hawfinch, Barred and Icterine Warblers, dozens of Yellow browed Warblers, Red backed Shrikes galore, Wrynecks, Rose coloured Starlings, numerous Common Rosefinch and Lapland Buntings.
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Isles of Scilly October 3rd - 10th

Another week in the gorgeous Isles of Scilly some 28 miles off the tip of the Cornish mainland at just the right time to expect a healthy list of scarce migrants and rarities from east and west. Normal on Scilly at this time of year are birds such as Yellow browed Warbler, Wryneck, Firecrest, Red breasted Flycatcher, Richard's Pipit, Short toed Lark, Corncrake, Lapland Bunting and Jack Snipe with recent rarities including Black eared Wheatear, Black & White Warbler, Radde's Warbler, Sora, Black Duck, Red eyed Vireo, Rustic Bunting, Yellow billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Siberian Thrush, Rose breasted Grosbeak, Eye browed Thrush, Blackpoll Warbler, Blyth's Pipit, Short toed Eagle, Northern Parula, Common Nighthawk, Cream coloured Courser and Solitary Sandpiper. Who knows what will turn up this autumn ?
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Hungary - Hortobagy & Zemplen Hills October 12th - 19th

A bird packed week long trip to the Hortobagy Plain and the Zemplen Hills of Hungary will produce great birding with sought after species such as Saker, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard, Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Long legged Buzzard, White backed Woodpecker, Grey headed Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Lesser spotted Eagle, Ural Owl and huge flocks of Common Crane amongst them with Hawfinch, Dotterel, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Great Grey Shrike, Crested Lark, Harriers, numerous species of wildfowl that could, with luck, include Lesser White fronted Goose and Red breasted Goose, large Long eared Owl roosts, and both Penduline and Bearded Tits plus much more providing the supporting cast.

South East China - Shanghai & Beijing October 25th - November 9th

A fascinating birding trip to SE China where we'll spend 3 days birding in the Beijing area and then 12 days in the Shanghai area. Among the numerous sites that we visit will be Rudong, Poyang Lake NNR, Yangcheng NNR, Poyanghu and Lake Difhui.
Our target species will include shorebirds such as Spoon billed Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank, Great Knot, Terek Sandpiper, Far Eastern Curlew, Long billed Plover, Red necked Stint, Greater Painted Snipe and Broad billed Sandpiper. There'll be wildfowl too with Falcated Duck, Eastern Spot billed Duck, Mandarin, Baikal Teal and Baer's Pochard amongst them. We'll hope for Hooded, Siberian, White naped and Red crowned Cranes with numerous other highlights likely to include great birds such as Oriental Stork, Swinhoe's Crake, Black faced Spoonbill, Vega Gull, Saunder's Gull, Red billed Blue Magpie, Ochre rumped Bunting, Vinous throated Parrotbill, Plumbeous Redstart, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Chestnut eared Bunting and Elegant Bunting.

Australia - the East Coast & Tasmania October 26th - November 16th

A 22 day visit ‘down under' takes us to a number of fabulous birding locations in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania that'll include the stunning Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tablelands, the Lamington National Park, the Blue Mountains, Cairns Esplanade, the Daintree River and Bruny Island.
There'll be a very impressive number of different species on this trip of a lifetime and we'd hope to see Powerful Owl, Laughing and Blue winged Kookaburras, Albert's Lyrebird, Superb Lyrebird, Dollarbird, Double eyed Fig Parrot, Paradise and Victoria's Riflebirds, Noisy Pitta, King Parrot, Rainbow Bee Eater, Greater Cassowary, Tawny Frogmouth, Collared Kingfisher, Hardhead, Galah, Azure Kingfisher, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Beach and Bush Stone Curlews, Macleay's Honeyeater, Pink eared Duck, Pacific Baza, Satin Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo, Channel billed Cuckoo, Straw necked Ibis, Toothed and Green Catbirds, Greater Frigatebird, Spectacled Monarch, Greater Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird, Sooty Tern and Bridled Tern. If there are any pelagic trips out of either Sydney or Wollongong during our stay in the area we'll look at joining them for the day. We could also possibly charter our own boat with sufficient numbers.
Australia is home to lots of unique wildlife apart from birds and we'll hope to find numerous different Kangaroos and Wallabies, Koala, Echidna and Duck billed Platypus as well as Fruit Bats.
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Winter Wallcreeper Weekend November 25th - 28th

A four day Friday - Monday long weekend to the south of France where we'll target an exceptional range of species that'll include Wallcreeper, Eagle Owl, Slender billed Gull, Little Bustard, Serin, Southern Grey Shrike, Crag Martin, Red crested Pochard, Greater Flamingo, Short toed Treecreeper, Bonelli's Eagle, Rock Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Alpine Accentor, Fan tailed Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Common Crane, Crested Tit, Firecrest and White Stork amongst others. More familiar species should include Black Redstart, Green Woodpecker, Black necked Grebe, Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier and Hen Harrier.

Our Winter Wallcreeper Weekends are also available on request any weekend between November and March for a minimum of 4 participants. We can also run these excellent bird packed weekends for societies / groups at a group discount. Ask us for details.

The Gambia November 26th - December 11th

An excellent 2 weeks birding in The Gambia in north west Africa will yield around 260 species that'll hopefully include Egyptian Plover, Red throated Bee Eater, Swallow tailed Bee Eater, Little Bee Eater, Broad billed Roller, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Pink backed Pelican, Black headed Heron, Marabou Stork, African Pygmy Goose, Palm Nut Vulture, Western banded Snake Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Grey Kestrel, Martial Eagle, Red necked Falcon, Black Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover, Four banded Sandgrouse, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Black billed Wood Dove, Senegal Parrot, Finfoot, Standard winged Nightjar, White faced Scops Owl, Pearl spotted Owlet, Violet Turaco, Green Turaco, Long tailed Nightjar, Blue breasted Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Bearded Barbet, Abyssinian Roller, Black Wood Hoopoe, Fine spotted Woodpecker, Chestnut backed Sparrow Lark, Fanti Saw Wing, Wire tailed Swallow, Grey headed Bristlebill, Snowy crowned Robin Chat, Bluethroat, Western Violet backed Sunbird and Purple Glossy Starling plus much more.
We'll spend time in Kololi, Tendaba and Georgetown visiting sites to include the Katong Wetlands, the Abuko Forest Reserve, Tanji Beach, Basse, Bansang sand quarry, Kunkilling forest, Tu jeering, Mara Kissa, Bijilo Forest and Pirang amongst many others.

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