Suriname is located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America and is located in the Guianan endemic zone. Although rarely visited by birders from the USA, over 700 birds have been observed in Suriname and we hope to see over 300 of these in our 10-day trip. We hope to see such iconic birds as the Capuchinbird, Crimson Topaz, Crimson Fruitcrow, Pompadour Cotinga and even Harpy Eagle. Once outside the capital, our accommodation will be simple and relatively comfortable, but convenient to the best birding spots across the north-central Suriname.
World class birding in the Darien
December 1-8, 2018
The Darién, as the entire eastern-most region of Panama is called, is one of the most diverse and species-rich regions of Central America. Here, some of the last large, relatively untouched swathes of lowland rainforest await to be explored. Long revered by avid birders as a haven for rare species, including the majestic Harpy Eagle, Panama’s national bird, this region is now readily accessible by a new highway, extending through the spine of Panama right into the heart of this bird-rich land!
"Shoebills, Mountain Gorillas, Chimps and Albertine Endemics"
December 10-26, 2018
Uganda has been described as the 'Pearl of East Africa' and was regarded as the most beautiful country in East Africa. From the source of the White Nile on the huge papyrus-fringed Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Rwenzori Range, the luxuriant montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes, harboring some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas, to the extensive savannas around the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, Uganda is an equatorial country of substantial contrasts and variety. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats and this richness is reflected in its incredible bird list of over 1000 species.
"Endemics, Lions, and Spectacular Scenery"
February 4-19, 2019
Optional Cape Town Extension:
Feb 19-22, 2019
South Africa is one of the most unique and fascinating countries in Africa, being home to a marvelous diversity of birds (including quite a few endemics), wildlife, wildflowers, and landscapes. Add to that an excellent infrastructure, comfortable accommodation, and delicious food and wine, and it is no surprise that South Africa is one of the premier birding destinations in the world.
“Superb Rainforest Birding”
February 20-28, 2019
Panama forms the geographical crossroads of North and South America, where the flora and fauna of the Americas meet and intermingle to produce a spectacular variety of life. Panama is just smaller than the state of South Carolina, yet due to its geographic position, nearly 1,000 species of birds have been recorded within its borders. This 8-day Venture between the comfortable Canopy Lodge in El Valle, and the famous Canopy Tower, located in Panama’s very bird-rich Canal Zone.
Ecuador is the size of the state of Georgia, yet 1,540 species of birds have been recorded in the country. Of these 133 are hummingbirds. On this Venture we’ll travel across the Andes, seeing a dazzling display of tanagers, flycatchers and hummingbirds; over high, windswept pass to relict patches of polylepis forest for the endemic Black-breasted Puffleg (very rare); through Chocó cloudforest, where we hope to find such regional hummingbird endemics as Empress Brilliant, Velvet-purple Coronet; and lower elevation forest on the east slope where we should see Golden-tailed Sapphire, Wire-crested Thorntail and the dramatic Black-throated Brilliant. If you have never been to South America before, this trip to Ecuador will open your eyes to the beauty and diversity of hummingbirds in South America.
"Northern Lights and Winter Birding"
March 21-28, 2019
Trip is Full
As well as enjoying the Northern Lights, we will be looking for many of Iceland's wintering birds. If we are lucky we may get a few early migrants as well. Waterfowl, such as Whooper Swan, Harlequin Duck, Common Eider and Barrow's Goldeneye all spend most or part of the winter in Iceland. We will also search for any wintering King Eiders, always an exciting bird to find. As well as waterfowl we will look for Iceland's National bird, the Gyrfalcon, so will keep an eye open around large concentrations of ducks. Landbirds are few, but could include Snow Bunting, Redpoll and Redwing (a beautiful European thrush).
"Piping Guans, Motmots, & Bellbirds"
April 1-11, 2019
Trinidad and Tobago is the perfect place for a first time exposure to birding the New World Tropics. Members of almost all of the South American bird families are found here and unlike in many of their mainland haunts, the birds of T & T are easy to photograph and seem to have little fear of people. It is often said that a first timer to the islands will add thirty species to their life list before breakfast. With over 430 species, a warm West Indian climate, excellent food and rich island culture, these twin islands are a perfect destination for any nature lover.
“Atlantic Coast, Deserts & High Atlas Mountains”
April 14-30, 2019
We start our tour in the historic city of Marrakech which is one of the economic centers of Morocco. Mosques break the skyline and gardens and planted areas add to the green of this desert city. Our hotel is situated near the picturesque Katoubia Mosque, and the nearby gardens are home to Little and Pallid Swifts, European Blackbird, Serin and European Greenfinch. The nests of White Storks seemingly perch atop every mosque and tower and migrating Black Kites and Booted Eagles are a daily sight as they migrate north over the city.
Our accommodation will be comfortable and convenient to the best birding spots. The food is excellent and the people very friendly and accommodating. If you have never been to North Africa before, this trip will open your eyes to the beauty and diversity that is Morocco.
"Birds & Culture in the
Land of the Thunder Dragon"
April 26-May 10, 2019
Over 600 species of birds have been recorded in this relatively small nation, and we could expect to see about ½ that on our incredible 15-day Venture. Mixed species flocks containing dozens of individuals are the norm, and a first-time visitor to South Asia will encounter a dazzling array of unfamiliar and unusual names - yuhinas, babblers, laughingthrushes, minlas, barwings, drongos, sibias, cutia, accentors, and many more. In the higher reaches of the Himalayas we’ll hope for encounters with such spellbinding target birds as Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, and Blood Pheasant, while in the oak and rhododendron forests we’ll look for Ward’s Trogon, Fire-tailed Myzornis, and the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill.
“East Anglia & Yorkshire”
June 10 – 22, 2019
The eastern counties of England are well known for their rural beauty, picturesque fishing towns and excellent seafood. They are also home to one of the richest bird populations in Britain, which is well represented within the bird and wildlife reserves found throughout the region.
Whilst in Suffolk, we will visit the flagship of English bird reserves, Minsmere. This coastal reserve has populations of Pied Avocet and European Marsh Harrier, both rare in England.
Then on to Yorkshire to visit the moors and impressive seabird cliffs, with thousands of nesting birds including Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, & Northern Gannet.
June 30-July 7, 2019
This tour may easily be taken in conjunction with our Papua New Guinea tour: July 7-21, 2019
This pre-trip is to Kimbe, New Britain and its immediate surroundings and is home to some 6 New Britain endemics, 27 Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Island endemics, and some 15-bird species of special interest including Dwarf Cassowary, Heinroth’s Shearwater, Beck’s Petrel, Nicobar Pigeon, and Buff-faced Pygmy-parrot.
July 7-21, 2019
Papua New Guinea is truly a birder’s paradise. The combination of stunning birds-of-paradise and the many other endemic species among the cassowaries, paradise-kingfishers, doves and pigeons, lories and lorikeets, bowerbirds, myzomelas, honeyeaters, berrypeckers, pitohuis and robins makes PNG a superb destination for a birdwatching tour, even more so now with the publication the second edition of a truly excellent field guide – Birds of New Guinea. PNG boasts 365 endemic bird species, including highly sought after Blue Bird-of-Paradise, Pheasant Pigeon and New Guinea Vulturine Parrot, plus 26 globally-threatened species and a total bird list of 779 species.
Our Papua New Guinea tour finishes on the morning of July 21 and the New Caledonia trip starts in Noumea on July 23. You have a couple of days to relax and may wish to arrive in New Caledonia the day before in order to explore the area before the tour starts. Just let us know your flight plans and also whether you will need a hotel room.
This post-trip to New Caledonia is home to amazing Kagu and one of the rarest birds on earth – the Crow Honeyeater. All told, New Caledonia is home to 20 endemics and nine restricted range species. It is also home to 1000’s of Black Noddies, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Black-winged, White-necked, Gould’s, Providence and Tahiti Petrels, Red-footed and Masked Boobies, Roseate, Fairy, Black-naped and Crested Tern species, and possibly the ‘New Caledonia Storm-Petrel’.