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As well as compiling impressive bird lists, our clients always enjoy carefully selected quality accommodation and a nice social atmosphere.
This productive trip has been so popular that I ran it twice in 2012, and again in 2013 and 2017, seeing around 86 species on each occasion, including fabulous views of Bittern, Water Rail, Bewick’s Swan, Spotted Redshank, Barn and Short-eared Owls, plus a flock of Cranes, an Otter and rarities such as Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Lesser Scaup and Long-tailed Duck. Then of course, there are also the spectacular Starling murmurations to marvel at as huge numbers come in to roost.
The Okavango Delta transforms a vast swathe of the Kalahari Desert into a wild wilderness home for one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa, including the ‘Big Five’; Elephant, Rhino (Black and White), Buffalo, Lion and Leopard, while other exciting mammals include Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyenas, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthog, Hippo, Chacma Baboon, and Lechwe, Topi, Kudu and Sable Antelopes, as well as one of Africa’s densest populations of the iconic Wild Dog. The delta is also home to over 500 species of birds, including the dazzlingly colourful and exotic Blue-cheeked and Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Lilac-breasted Roller, Malachite Kingfisher, African Pygmy Goose, African Green Pigeon, Bateleur and Martial Eagles, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wattled and Saddle-billed Storks and the bizarre African Skimmer.
This is a great time to visit the bird rich counties of Kent and Sussex, as spring migrants such as Little Tern, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Redstart, Nightingale and Yellow Wagtail will be pouring in across the Channel at migration hotspots like Dungeness and Rye Harbour. Kent alone has five RSPB reserves, and a county list of 424 birds, making it one of Britain’s top birding counties.
With the help of an experienced local guide from Neophron Tours, many rarities are relatively easy to find in this remote corner of Europe, and this exciting tour offers the possibility to see a remarkable selection of birds including Ferruginous Duck, Golden, Lesser Spotted and Short-toed Eagles, Long-legged Buzzard, Rock Partridge, Hazel Grouse, Calandra Lark, Crested and Sombre Tits, Isabelline Wheatear, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Alpine Chough, Nutcracker, Spanish Sparrow, Hawfinch, Rock and Cirl Buntings, up to six different Owls and all ten European Woodpeckers! According to Fatbirder.com “Bulgaria is also the best place in the world for seeing Wallcreeper”! So, prepare for an outstanding trip list.
With spectacular mountains rising to almost 9,000 feet, deep forested valleys and gorges cut by clear water streams, plus pristine Mediterranean scrub known as Maquis and miles of dramatic unspoilt coastline, Corsica is well worth a visit for the landscape alone. But then there are the birds, including Corsica’s very own Nuthatch and Citril Finch.
The ancient Caledonian pine forests offer specialities such as Red Squirrel, Goldeneye, Osprey, Crested Tit, Siskin, Common, Scottish and Parrot Crosbills and the magnificent Capercaillie! The rivers have Otter, Goosander, Common Sandpiper and Dipper, while the moorland has Red Deer plus Red and Black Grouse. Black-throated Diver and the rare Slavonian Grebe breed on nearby lochs, while the mountains offer Mountain Hare, Golden Eagle and Ring Ouzel. We also visit Orkney, where the spectacular sea cliffs and lonely moors are home to a profusion of bird life including huge seabird colonies and breeding densities of Red-throated Diver, Pintail, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl and wild Rock Dove which are unmatched in mainland Britain!
The sheer volume of birds here is staggering, with an estimated six million Puffins alone, and nowhere else can you see Great Northern Diver, Barrow’s Goldeneye and the stunning Harlequin Duck breeding outside North America, except for this European outpost, and if we are really lucky we may even relocate the pair of Snowy Owls we found last year! Yet there is even more to this unique country; glaciers, an uninhabited stony desert interior, volcanoes, lava fields, countless waterfalls, a geysir which blows its top every few minutes, steaming fumaroles, bubbling hot springs, boiling mud pots, spectacular cliffs jam packed with seabirds, various whales offshore and the Blue Lagoon, “the coolest hot spot in the world”!
Spitsbergen means ‘pointed mountains’, and is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which straddles the 80th parallel, just 600 miles from the North Pole. This is a remote and wild wonderland of rugged snow-clad peaks, dramatic fiords sculpted by mighty glaciers, and tundra, which in the perpetual daylight of midsummer, is carpeted with wild flowers. The highly specialised wildlife offers a wealth of unforgettable experiences. With almost a quarter of the world’s Polar Bears living here, you have the very real chance of encountering this ‘king of the Arctic’ as well as other high Arctic specialities like Minke and Blue Whales, Walrus, Bearded and Ringed Seals, Arctic Fox, King Eider, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Sabine’s and Ivory Gulls, Grey Phalarope in resplendent red breeding plumage and some spectacularly huge seabird colonies, with Little Auks alone numbering around 15 million!
This remarkable tour offers the realistic chance of finding the secretive and almost mythical Snow Leopard, without the need for strenuous high altitude hikes in cold thin air, after sleeping on the floor in a tent! We will be based in clean and comfortable spacious Yurts, equipped with beds and electricity, with access to flush toilets and hot showers, and catered for by a highly professional local crew, driving well maintained modern four wheel drive vehicles. The camp is at an altitude of about 6000 feet, amidst the stunning mountain scenery of the Altai Mountains, near the border with China, where eight out of the previous ten tours have witnessed twenty different sightings of the majestic Snow Leopard!