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EAST YORKSHIRE
September 6th – 7th
A great weekend on the Yorkshire Coast where we’ll spend the first day on a boat out of Bridlington looking for seabirds to include Skuas and Shearwaters and the second day at Spurn where the Spurn Autumn Migration Festival will be in full swing. If conditions are favourable for the boat trip we can expect Arctic and Great Skuas as well as Shearwaters and other pelagic species. Scarce migrants such as Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck and Common Rosefinch amongst commoner birds such as Redstart and Pied Flycatcher can be expected at Spurn on day 2 while we’ll hope for something a little rarer too.
Our weekend cost of £219pp includes overnight accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all transport, boat trip out of Bridlington and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £15.


FAIR ISLE & SHETLAND
September 10th – 18th

A 9 day / 8 night visit to the wonderful Shetland Islands with time also spent on Fair Isle halfway between Shetland and Orkney where the autumn weather systems will hopefully be depositing an array of scarce and rare migrants around the islands for us to enjoy. On Fair Isle we can expect birds such as Wryneck, Yellow browed Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Barred Warbler, Lapland Bunting, Jack Snipe and Bluethroat with a sprinkling of scarcities and rarities as well while mainland Shetland very rarely fails to produce the goods at any time in autumn.
Our tour cost of £1195pp includes 3 nights accommodation with all meals on Fair Isle, 3 nights accommodation on mainland Shetland with breakfasts and dinners, return overnight ferry crossings from Aberdeen to Lerwick with overnight cabins, breakfasts and dinners, return flights from Tingwall to Fair Isle (or boat if flights unavailable / cancelled) all transport by road from the Fylde Coast to Aberdeen with pick ups on route and the services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £150. 3 places left on this tour £100pp discount for last places if booked by June 30th 2014.


BULGARIA – Autumn Migration on the Black Sea Coast
September 16th – 23rd

A week enjoying the superb autumn migration along Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast. We have one hotel base in St. Konstantin near to Varna on this excellent trip which leaves us ideally situated to explore great sites such as Lake Shabla, the Kaliakra Headland, the Bolata Valley, Cape Emine, the Poda nature reserve, Kavarna, Pomorie Lake and Lake Atanasovsko along with numerous other wetlands and saltpans. The raptor, wader and passerine migration here can be breathtaking but there’s also a good number of ‘resident’ birds to appreciate and among the species that we’ll expect during the week are Lesser spotted Eagle, Bee-eater, Red-footed Falcon, Levant Sparrowhawk, Turtle Dove, Marsh Sandpiper, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Temminck’s Stint, Pygmy Cormorant, Quail, Syrian, Grey-headed, Lesser Spotted, Black and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, Roller, Savi’s Warbler, Red-rumped Swallow, Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Eagle Owl, Montagu’s Harrier, Booted Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Woodlark, Goshawk, Hoopoe, Collared Pratincole, Long-legged Buzzard, Slender-billed Gull and Cirl Bunting to name but a few. There’s always a surprise or two as well and on a recent trip our group found the first authenticated record of Buff-breasted Sandpiper for Bulgaria.


ISLES OF SCILLY
October 4th – 11th

A great week on ‘Scilly’ to coincide with the peak of scarce and rare migrants from east and west on these gorgeous islands some 28 miles to the south west of Lands End in Cornwall. Anything can, and does turn up on Scilly at this time of year and we’re as good as guaranteed to see birds such as Firecrest, Yellow-browed Warbler, Wryneck, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Richard’s Pipit, Jack Snipe, Lapland Bunting and Black Redstart along with a list of rarer species that on recent trips have included Black-and-white Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Sora, Upland Sandpiper, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Northern Waterthrush, Red-throated Pipit, Short-toed Lark, Woodlark, Black Duck, Black Kite, Spotted Crake, Purple Heron, Bluethroat, Arctic Warbler, Solitary Sandpiper, Olive-backed Pipit, Ring-necked Duck, Little Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, American Robin and Grey-cheeked Thrush. Of course rarities by their nature cannot be predicted but there’s always a sprinkling on the islands at this time of year.
Our tour cost of £979pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, return flight from Lands End to St.Mary’s (or boat if flights not available), transport from the Fylde to Penzance (first 5 to book / pick ups on route only), 2 inter island return boat trips and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £90.


HUNGARY – Hortobagy & The Zemplen Hills
October 14th – 21st

An excellent week in Hungary where we’ll have two hotel bases with 3 nights in the superb Zemplen Hills and 4 nights in the fantastic Hortobagy National Park. A highlight of this trip will be the spectacular and huge flocks of migrating Common Cranes which fill the sky as they flight in to roost on the plains of the Hortobagy. However, there’s much more here to enjoy with extensive wetlands and fish pond systems and impressive mature forests full of great birds. Our expected list of species includes Common Crane, Great Bustard, Eastern Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Saker, Pygmy Cormorant, Penduline Tit, Ferruginous Duck, Rough-legged Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Goshawk, Dotterel, Hawfinch and a selection of woodpeckers that should include Grey-headed, Syrian, White-backed and Black. Other likely species are Ural Owl, Hen Harrier, Bittern, Great Grey Shrike, Hooded Crow, Great White Egret, Bearded Tit, Black Redstart, Long-eared Owl, White Pelican, Purple Heron, Serin, Spotted Redshank and Red-crested Pochard. With luck there’s a chance of Lesser White-fronted Geese as well as Eurasian White-fronted Geese too.
 

BOSQUE del APACHE, NEW MEXICO & STH TEXAS
November 18th – December 2nd

We visit the fantastic Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico first where up to 14,000 Sandhill Cranes spend the winter along with up to 30,000 Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese. Other great species in this area include Cackling Goose, Canvasback, Gambel’s Quail, Clark’s Grebe, Aplomado Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Greater Roadrunner, Say’s Phoebe, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Western Screech Owl, Red naped Sapsucker, Western Scrub Jay, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Crissal Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. We then head to southern Texas where we’ll target Green Jay, Altamira Oriole, Plain Chachalaca, Olive Sparrow, Great Kiskadee, Black-throated Sparrow, Greater Roadrunner, Least Grebe, Chiahuahuan Raven, Crested Caracara, Lark Bunting, Ringed Kingfisher and Green Kingfisher amongst many other species. We then head north to visit Aransas NWR where the entire world population of the rare and endangered Whooping Cranes spend the winter. We’ll take a boat trip to ensure good views of this much sought after bird. The trip ends with a couple of days spent on the coast to the west of Houston where we’ll visit Anahuac NWR and sites on the Bolivar Peninsula. Here there’ll be an array of waders, wildfowl, herons and egrets. Amongst them will be Long-billed Curlew, White-faced Ibis, Western Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, American Avocet, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Least Bittern, American Bittern, Reddish Egret, Tricoloured Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Snow Goose, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Ross’s Goose, Canada Goose, Black-bellied Whistling Duck and Bald Eagle.
 

MULL & ISLAY
December 6th – 13th

Our last tour of 2014 takes us to the fabulous bird packed Scottish islands of Islay and Mull. We start on Islay where there’ll be thousands of Barnacle Geese, hundreds of Greenland White fronted Geese, Greylag Geese, Pink footed Geese, Pale bellied Brent Geese and perhaps the odd Dark bellied Brent Goose too. Rarer geese always turn up on Islay in winter and on previous tours we’ve seen Richardson’s Canada, Todd’s Canada, Red breasted, Snow and Ross’s amongst them. We should also see Chough, Twite, Great northern, Red throated and Black throated Divers, flocks of Scaup, Long tailed Duck, Common Scoter flocks that may have Velvet Scoter amongst them and Purple Sandpipers too. White tailed Eagle are becoming regular on Islay and Golden Eagle is also possible. We should see Hen Harrier without too much difficulty and Short eared Owl and Barn Owl should be encountered as well. On Mull we should have multiple sightings of White tailed Eagle and Golden Eagle along with views of Otter. We’ll also see numerous Great northern Divers here as well as Red throated Diver, Long tailed Duck, Black Guillemot, Slavonian Grebe, Shag with a good chance of Hen Harrier and Short eared Owl too.
Our tour cost of £945 includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport by road, all sea crossings and the services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 bookings. Single room supplement £80.

 

2015


FLORIDA – Winter Birding in the Sunshine State
January 7th – 21st

A return to Florida – our 24th visit to the fabulous sunshine state. Our tour has 3 bases with time spent in Central Florida, on the Gulf Coast and in the south around the Everglades National Park. We usually see between 170 – 180 species of bird on this trip and these include Snail Kite, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Limpkin, Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Eastern Bluebird, Bald Eagle, Burrowing Owl, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Painted Bunting, Whooping Crane, Reddish Egret, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, the endemic Florida Scrub Jay, Magnificent Frigatebird, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, American Black Skimmer, Belted Kingfisher, American Purple Gallinule and Anhinga to name a few. There’s always a selection of wintering warblers too that on previous tours have included Worm eating, Wilson’s, Cape May and Swainson’s but more usual are Pine, Myrtle, Palm, Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Black-throated Green, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat and Magnolia. Vireos will be seen too and will both include White eyed and Blue headed. We’ve also seen Yellow throated Vireo on a few past tours.
 

WADER IDENTIFICATION WEEKEND – Ribble Estuary
January 23rd – 24th

Another chance to join one of our popular shorebird identification workshops based on the Fylde Coast that’s ideally situated between the Ribble Estuary and Morecambe Bay – two of the most important wetlands in the UK. Over the weekend we’ll show you how to confidently identify all those sometimes tricky non breeding plumaged waders. We’ll consider plumage, size and shape, habitat preferences, behaviour and time of year amongst other factors as we show you that ‘winter waders’ don’t always have to remain difficult to identify. As well as the expected winter wader species we’ll also see numerous other species on this easy going weekend too.
Our weekend cost of £159pp includes overnight hotel accommodation, with breakfast and dinner, all transport and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 / maximum of 5 bookings. Single room supplement £15.
 

NORTH & CENTRAL TANZANIA
Late January – Mid February

The details of this tour are currently being finalised and will be available on request from August 1st.
We’ll be spending a couple of weeks visiting Northern & Central Tanzania on this fantastic wildlife tour. Sites that we’ll spend time at will include the Lake Manyara NP, The Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti NP, Ruaha NP, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Selous Game Reserve amongst others and as well as a wide range of birds we’ll see mammals such as Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Hyaena, Cheetah, Black Rhino, Wildebeest and Zebra too.


JAMAICA
February 12th – 19th

An excellent one centre trip to the Caribbean will hopefully yield all of Jamaica’s 28 endemic species along with the 19 endemic sub species and a nice selection of Caribbean endemics too. There are also up to 24 species of lovely American Wood Warblers wintering here as well. All at a nice relaxing pace ! We visit three key areas on this tour – the Green Castle Estate (where we’ll stay throughout the trip), the Blue Mountains and the John Crow Mountains as well as sites on the coast where we’ll look for White-tailed Tropicbird, Frigatebirds and Terns. The Jamaican endemics include Ring-tailed Pigeon, Yellow-billed Parrot, Black-billed Parrot, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Mango, Jamaican Spindalis, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Pewee, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Oriole, Red-billed Streamertail, Black-billed Streamertail, Vervain Hummingbird, White-chinned Thrush, Orangequit, Arrow-headed Warbler and Yellow-shouldered Blackbird. We’ll also seek out Jamaican Blackbird, White-eyed Thrush, Jamaican Crow, Blue Mountain Vireo, Jamaican Owl, Northern Potoo and Crested Quail Dove. Other species possible include West Indian Whistling Duck, Masked Duck, Brown Booby, Yellow-breasted Crake, Caribbean Coot, Northern Jacana, White-crowned Pigeon, Zenaida Dove, Caribbean Dove, Ruddy Quail Dove, Mangove Cuckoo, Antillean Nighthawk, Antillean Palm Swift and Grey Kingbird.
 

MED FRANCE – the Camargue, Les Alpilles & Le Baux
February 24th – March 3rd

A nice mid winter break with just the one hotel base in the south of France with a good variety of habitats and birds. We’ll stay close to Arles ideally situated for easy access to the superb wetland that is the Camargue. We visit a number of sites on this easy going tour and these will include various areas in the Camargue, Les Alpilles, Les Baux, La Crau and Mont Ventoux. Amongst the wide range of species that we can expect to see on this trip are Greater Flamingo, Moustached Warbler, Slender-billed Gull, Penduline Tit, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Southern Grey Shrike, Calandra Lark, Bonelli’s Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, Alpine Accentor, Firecrest, Serin, Zitting Cisticola, Common Crane, Sardinian Warbler, Red-crested Pochard, Crag Martin, Crested Tit, Cirl Bunting, Citril Finch, Red Kite, Dartford Warbler and Wallcreeper with the possibility of Spotted Eagle, Snowfinch, Pine Bunting and Eagle Owl too.


ISRAEL – Spring Migration
Early March – mid March

The details of this tour are currently being finalised and will be available on request from August 1st.
We’ll visit many sites in the North and South of Israel such as the Eilat area, the Negev Desert, the Rift Valley, the Dead Sea, the Jezreel Valley, the Carmel Coast, the Hula Valley and Mount Hermon in search of an array of great species with spring migration bringing huge numbers of storks, raptors, passerines along with many other birds.


MOROCCO – Deserts, Coasts and Mountains
March 21st – April 2nd

A return to Morocco in North West Africa will yield some of the most sought after species in the Western Palearctic that will hopefully include Marbled Duck, Lanner Falcon, Crowned Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Cream-coloured Courser, White-crowned Black Wheatear, Red-rumped Wheatear, Mahgreb Wheatear, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Bar-tailed Lark, Trumpeter Finch, Desert Grey Shrike, Brown-necked Raven, Western Desert Sparrow, African Desert Warbler, Laughing Dove, Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Blue-cheeked Bee Eater, Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker, Moussier’s Redstart, Tristram’s Warbler, Blue-eyed Magpie, Seebohm’s Wheatear, Crimson-winged Finch, Dupont’s Lark, Fulvous Babbler, Northern Bald Ibis, Barbary Partridge, Egyptian Nightjar, Houbara Bustard, Black-crowned Tchagra, Thick-billed Lark, Great Spotted Cuckoo and Thekla Lark along with Ruddy Shelduck, Long-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Black Kite, Spectacled Warbler, Alpine Chough, Alpine Accentor and Audouin’s Gull.


TEXAS COAST – Spring Migration & The Lower Rio Grande Valley
April 8th – 22nd

This great trip sees us spending time at the migration hotspot of High Island, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and on the coast around Aransas where there are some excellent birding sites. As well as an array of superb American wood warblers we’ll enjoy numerous shorebirds, herons and egrets, raptors, wildfowl, vireos, orioles, woodpeckers and some sought after passerines. Amongst the species we’ll hope for on this excellent bird packed tour are American White Ibis, White faced Ibis, Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern, American Bittern, Wilson’s Phalarope, Roseate Spoonbill, Green Kingfisher, Anhinga, Ringed Kingfisher, Reddish Egret, White-tailed Kite, Snowy Plover, Upland Sandpiper, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Willet, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Least Grebe, Elf Owl, Pauraque, Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Verdin, Black-throated Sparrow, Great Kiskadee, Grey Hawk, Whooping Crane, Clapper Rail, King Rail, Virginia Rail, Altamira Oriole, Audubon’s Oriole, Plain Chachalaca, Bronzed Cowbird, Olive Sparrow, Black Phoebe and a wide range of shorebirds, herons and egrets plus up to 25+ species of fabulous wood warblers with gems such as Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Kentucky, Hooded, Black-and-white, Northern & Louisiana Waterthrushes, Northern Parula and Worm-eating all likely. Our 2014 tour saw 29 species of warbler including Townsend’s Warbler (extreme rarity in Texas) and Canada Warbler.
 

LESVOS
May 2nd – 9th

Another return to the fabulous Agean island of Lesvos will coincide with spring migration that’ll hopefully be in full swing. This great bird packed tour has one hotel base and we’ll be situated in Anaxos ideally situated to visit the best sites that’ll include Sigri, the Ipsolou Monastery, the Napi Valley, ‘Derbyshire,’the Kalloni Salt Pans, the East River, the West River, the Potamia Valley and the Inland Lake amongst them. Amongst the species that we’ll hope to find will be Kruper’s Nuthatch, Scops Owl, Cinerous Bunting, Masked Shrike, Roller, Ruppell’s Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Rock Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Eleanora’s Falcon, Sombre Tit, Isabelline Wheatear, Collared Pratincole, Little Crake, Little Bittern, Long-legged Buzzard, Olive-tree Warbler, Levant Sparrowhawk, Black-headed Bunting, Lesser Grey Shrike, Short-toed Eagle, Rufous Bush Robin as well as Golden Oriole, Bee-eater, Greater Flamingo, Black-eared Wheatear, Isabelline Wheatear, Red-rumped Swallow and Hoopoe. There’ll be waders too such as Avocet, Temminck’s and Little Stints and Curlew Sandpipers and on previous tours we’ve also seen Spur-winged Plover, Great Snipe and Red-necked Phalarope. Our 2014 tour enjoyed a Pallas’s Warbler and we’ve also seen White-throated Robin on a couple of previous tours.


NW OHIO & MICHIGAN USA – Magee Marsh & Warbler Migration
May 6th – 19th

We can’t wait to return to Ohio & Michigan after our fabulous spring 2014 tour where we saw 30 different species of multicoloured American Warbler that included superb views of the rare and localised Kirtland’s Warbler, Blackburnian, Prothonotary, Cape May, Bay-breasted, Golden winged, Chestnut-sided, Mourning, Magnolia, Canada, Blackpoll and Black-throated Blue Warblers along with American Redstart, Kentucky, Hooded, Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s, Northern Parula, Nashville and Tennessee Warblers. There’s much more than just warblers on this tour with other highlights being displaying American Woodcock, nesting Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swan, 6 species of Vireo, 6 species of Thrush, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Eastern Screech Owl, Song, Grasshopper and Vesper Sparrows, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, Northern Flicker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Purple Finch, House Finch, Cliff Swallow, Chimney Swift, Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Brewer’s Blackbird, Black-capped Chickadee and Hairy Woodpecker. We spend 9 nights near Toledo in Ohio and 3 nights near Tawas in Michigan with the last night on board the aircraft home.


EASTERN POLAND
May 12th – 19th

This excellent bird packed tour has two hotel bases – in the Bialowieza Forest and in the Biebrza Marshes. These two fabulous areas guarantee a long list of excellent birds with some very sought after species amongst them. In the forests we’ll enjoy up to 9 different species of woodpeckers that usually include Three-toed, White-backed, Syrian, Black, Grey-headed, Middle Spotted and Wryneck, Golden Oriole, Pygmy Owl, Thrush Nightingale, River Warbler, Collared Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Hawfinch, Barred Warbler and Honey Buzzard while the marshes and wetlands will produce White-tailed Eagle, Penduline Tit, Black Stork, Red-necked Grebe, Corncrake, Great Snipe, Bittern, three species of marsh tern, breeding plumaged Ruff, Savi’s Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Aquatic Warbler and Bluethroat. There’ll be some mammals too with Elk and Wild Boar likely. However, we’ll have to be very fortunate to encounter Bison, Beaver and Wolf (seen on 2 previous tours).


ESTONIA
May 18th – 25th

Our sixth visit to Estonia is timed to coincide with the spring migration in this still largely undiscovered country. A mix of habitats attracts a good selection of birds and other wildlife and our three centre tour is designed to see as much of this as we can without an excessive amount of driving. Amongst the species of bird that we hope to find are Short toed, Spotted and White tailed Eagles, Ural, Tengmalm’s and Pygmy Owls, Three-toed, Black, White backed, Grey headed and Lesser spotted Woodpeckers, Parrot Crossbill, Nutcracker, Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Great Snipe, Corncrake and Marsh Sandpiper along with Smew, Common Crane, Thrush Nightingale, Caspian Tern, Red-necked Grebe, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Long-tailed Duck, Honey Buzzard, Bittern, Garganey, Penduline Tit, Goshawk and Black Stork. There’ll also be a selection of warblers with Blyth’s Reed, Icterine, Savi’s and River all possible. Wildfowl may include a rarer goose or two.
 

FINLAND & ARCTIC NORWAY
May 26th – June 9th

This exceptional birding tour takes in the best of Finland and Arctic Norway with a prodigious array of fabulous birds. Our tour takes us through beautiful forests and lakes and into the high arctic and along the way we can expect to find Tengmalm’s, Eagle, Great Grey, Hawk, Ural and Pygmy Owls, Three-toed, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Thrush Nightingale, River Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Smew, Jack Snipe, Black-throated Diver, Ruff in breeding plumage, Rough-legged Buzzard, White-tailed Eagle, Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Redpoll, Waxwing, Bluethroat, Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Red-throated Pipit, Pine Grosbeak, Brünnich's Guillemot, White-billed Diver, Steller’s Eider, King Eider, Long-tailed Skua, Lapland Bunting, Red-flanked Bluetail, Parrot Crossbill, Greenish Warbler, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Crane, Rustic Bunting, Gyr, Dotterel and Ptarmigan.


PERU – Cloud Forest, Atalaya, Manu & Mountains
August 25th – September 13th

The details of this tour are currently being finalised and will be available on request from August 1st.
We’ll visit sites such as the Huacarpy Lakes, Macchu Picchu, Abra Malaga, the Ajcanacu Pass, the Manu Cloud Forest and Mountains, the Madre de Dios River, the Amazonia Lodge, the Blanquillo Macaw Lick and Lago Junin in search of an almost endless list of birds that’ll include fantastic species such as Many coloured Rush Tyrant, a range of Tanagers, Antpittas, Bearded Mountaineer, Spinetails, Flowerpiercers, Andean Cock of the Rock, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, numerous Hummingbirds, Hoatzin, Manakins, Antshrikes, Guans, Currasows and much, much more.


AUSTRALIA – East Coast & Tasmania
October 17th – November 4th

Our sixth tour ‘down under’ sees us birding along the east coast and on Tasmania visiting fabulous sites such as the Lamington National Park, the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains and the Atherton Tablelands and we’ll also have a superb pelagic trip out of Wollongong for Albatrosses and other seabirds. There’s so much more to Australia than birds and we’ll make efforts to find the iconic mammals such as Koala, Platypus, a range of Wallabies and Kangaroos, Echidna and hopefully some Cetaceans too. The long list of birds should include Laughing and Blue-winged Kookaburras, Regent, Satin, Golden and Great Bowerbirds, Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot, a number of Honeyeaters, Australian Bustard, numerous seabirds, numerous shorebirds, Tawny and Papuan Frogmouths, Shrike Thrushes, Whistlers, Flycatchers, Orange footed Scrubfowl, Southern Cassowary, Kingfishers, Albert’s and Superb Lyrebird, various doves and pigeons, owls, finches, an array of wildfowl, Noisy Pitta, Pardalotes, Fairy-wrens, Brolga, Sarus Crane, Wattlebirds and Grebes. We’d expect in excess of 300 species of birds on this tour with a high percentage of them being endemic to Australia.


NEW ZEALAND – North, South & Stewart Islands
November 5th – 23rd

A fabulous birdwatching trip of a lifetime with time spent on North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. This tour is designed to see all of the birds of NZ as well as a selection of Cetaceans too. New Zealand doesn’t have a lengthy bird list but what it may lack in quantity it more than makes up for in quality with fabulous species such as 5 or more species of Kiwi, Little Blue, Yellow-eyed and Fiordland Crested Penguins, Wrybill, the recently re-discovered NZ Storm Petrel, Kaka, Kea, Kakapo, Rock Wren, Blue Duck, Yellowhead, Whitehead, Saddleback, Grey Ternlet, Stitchbird, Takahe, Weka, Fairy Tern, NZ Dotterel, Morepork, Tui, Rifleman, NZ Robin, Black Stilt, Pukeko, NZ Brown Teal and a variety of shorebirds but perhaps best of all are the huge numbers of seabirds with numerous different species of shearwaters and petrels and of course up to 10 species of Albatross. Many of the 90 or so species that we hope to see on this fantastic tour are seen nowhere else in the world.


COSTA RICA – Central American Birding at it’s Best
November 26th – December 12th
An excellent 2 week tour to Costa Rica in Central America where we’ll spend time at the La Selva Biological Station, the Savegre Mountain Hotel, the Cerro Lodge, the Arenal Observatory Lodge and the Heliconias Lodge with single nights at the beginning and the end of the tour in the Bougainvilla Hotel in San Jose and the Buena Vista Hotel. Costa Rica is one of the best birding destinations in the world and although only the size of Wales it boasts an avifauna of 878 different species of 75 seperate families in habitats as diverse as highland and lowland forests, subalpine rain paramos, rocky and slow flowing rivers, lagoons, mangroves, marshes, forest swamps, seashore, rice fields and coffee plantations. Amongst the 300 or so species we’d hope to encounter will be Crested Guan, White whiskered Puffbird, Emerald Toucanet, Amazon Kingfisher, Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, Flame-throated Warbler, Fiery-billed Aracari, Magnificent Hummingbird, Slaty-throated Redstart, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Volcano Junco, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Great Green Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Cinnamon Becard, Lesser Greenlet, Volcano Hummingbird, Black throated Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot, numerous different Tanagers, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Fasciated Antshrike, Black Hawk Eagle and King Vulture. A high percentage of the species that we’ll see on this tour are Costa Rican endemics.



Further tours for mid to late will be added soon and will be included on our next tours list



All the above holidays are now booking or taking reservations. For further details, to request an itinerary or to book on any tour please contact us at Ribble Bird Tours, 4 Sunnyhurst Avenue, Blackpool, Lancs FY4 2HP. 01253 312043 / 07954 584359 or smrbt@blueyonder.co.uk.

On the tour description for all overseas holidays where there is a flight required, there is a ground cost and a separate flight cost. The flight cost is exclusive of the ground arrangements and must be booked by yourself. As Ribble Bird Tours does not currently own it’s own ATOL this is to comply with CAA regulations.

Bookings can only be accepted with a completed Ribble Bird Tours booking form and deposit (should you cancel your holiday with us you may be liable for loss of deposit and / or cancellation charges). If for any reason your tour is cancelled or postponed by us you will be offered a full refund or a suitable alternative tour. Terms and conditions of booking are available on request and we strongly recommend that you see them before booking on any Ribble Bird Tours holiday.

All our holidays are designed for birdwatchers rather than listers and, compared to most other bird tour company trips, are at an easy going and relaxed pace. However some walking is inevitable when looking for birds and other wildlife. Our birding day generally starts at about 8am and usually ends around 6pm although sometimes it is necessary to be out and about earlier or later to see certain species and on certain tours early starts may be the norm. Please ask us or see an itinerary before booking.

 

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