Birds and wildlife of the Rift Valley
March 6-20, £3,995
Ethiopia is located in north-eastern Africa, a mountainous country with the Great Rift Valley being a prominent feature. Our tour covers the migration period when bird activity and migration is at its peak. A highlight of Ethiopia is the remote and beautiful Bale Mountains National Park, home to Ethiopian Wolf. This tour to Ethiopia promises outstanding birding and sightings of rare mammals in the Ethiopian Highlands.
Eider ducks and the Aurora Borealis in Varanger
April 4-10, £2,995
This tour concentrates on the wintering birds of Northern Norway and along the border with Russia. At this time of the year daytime temperatures can be low, even in early April. We have exceptional opportunities to watch and observe many familiar and uncommon European species birds that winter in and around the Varanger Fjord, which includes several species of owls, ducks and High Arctic species.
Spring migration in the Eastern Mediterranean
April 4-11, £1,995
Situated in the Eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus is an ideal staging point for migrant passerines, water birds and birds of prey during the spring. A visit in April gives the opportunity to see a wide range and variety of birds. Many species of wheatear including Black-eared, Desert and Hooded occur. Ruppell’s, Subalpine, Barred, Eastern Orphean and Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler are regular while Isabelline Shrike, Cream-coloured Courser, Trumpeter Finch, Baillon’s Crake, Caspian Plover and Cinereous Bunting are among the less regular but almost annual rarities. Cyprus has three full breeding endemics - Cyprus Scops Owl, Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Wheatear. The tour will cover both mountain and coastal areas and is based in the coastal city of Larnaca.
Late winter birds of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire
March 28-April 4, £1,395
The wild and dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the adjacent North Sea and Atlantic Ocean coasts offer some of the finest winter birding in Britain. You are visiting at the optimum time for concentrations of divers, sea ducks, geese and other wildfowl along the coast and inland lochs. In the forests and glens we have a chance of observing Capercaillie, Black Grouse and birds of prey. On beaches and exposed headlands we can expect flocks of waders, finches and buntings. Aberdeenshire is one of the largest counties of Scotland, situated in the north-east of the country. It has an extremely long coastline bordering the North Sea, and several headlands which attract migrants. Your tour takes in some of Scotland’s most important bird areas including Loch of Strathbeg, Rattray Head and the Ythan Estuary. In recent years, Aberdeenshire has built up a reputation for rare migrants with Snow Goose, Buff-breasted and Pectoral Sandpipers and Red-breasted Flycatchers being recorded.