Western Australia and Tasmania
September 26-October 12, 2018: £4,775
Tasmania extension: £2,495
Birdwatching Breaks are pleased to offer you this unique opportunity to visit the southwestern corner of Western Australia and the adjacent dry interior. This tour gives you an opportunity to see some of Australia’s less well-known species. Western Australia is a huge state covering a third of the country. The following itinerary covers the key areas around Perth and Albany plus the dry interior where a major proportion of the Western Australian endemics reside. There is also an optional extension to Tasmania, which has a further selection of endemic species.
September 16-22, 2018: £1,495
The Outer Hebrides, straddling the western coast of Scotland, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. This tour visits Lewis and Harris in the north and the southern islands of North and South Uist and Benbecula. Habitat ranges from the wind-lashed west coast to upland moors and bogs and, on the eastern seaboard, indented sea lochs. In recent years, the islands have built up a reputation for rare and unusual species. Extensive coverage of the islands has also revealed a rich vein of migrants and vagrants from North America. Anything can and does turn up on these remote islands of Scotland. On recent tours we have found our clients White-billed Divers, Surf Scoter, Laughing and Bonaparte’s Gulls, Grey and Red-necked Phalaropes, Snowy Owl, Long-tailed and Pomarine Skuas and Red-rumped Swallow. If wind conditions are favourable, you can expect close views of Leach’s Storm-petrel, Sabine’s Gull and rare waterbirds from North America; Lesser Yellowlegs, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Coot, Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck have been seen regularly in recent years.
* This tour starts and finishes in Inverness. Clients should book accommodation in Inverness on the nights of September 15th and 22nd.
Birds of the Sahel
November 2-10, 2018: £1,895
Senegal is one of West Africa’s most stable countries with a heavy French influence dating back to colonial days. The coastline has two important wetlands of international importance which are protected in the form of national parks. The north of the country has a wide belt of Sahel holding several species which prefer sub-desert habitats while the south is primarily savannah dotted with stands of acacia trees and secondary forest. We visit Djoudj National Park which is a wetland where Palearctic migrants winter in their thousands. The range of bird species in this little known country is impressive, Arabian and Savile’s Bustards, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Little Grey Woodpecker and Cricket Warbler all being found regularly on past tours. Birdwatching Breaks has operated several tours to Senegal since the 1990s and is pleased to offer these unique birding tours at a peak time for birdlife.
Lothian, Fife and Islay
November 17-24, 2018: £1,795
Black Isle Birding and Birdwatching Breaks are pleased to offer this new tour which takes in some of the optimum winter birding areas in Eastern Scotland and Argyll. It is timed to coincide with the southbound movement of seabirds off the east coast. In addition to this, we will witness the amazing spectacle of geese, swans and ducks arriving into their wintering areas. Islay is particularly important for birds of prey and wintering geese from Greenland and north-east Canada. Barnacle and Greenland White-fronted Geese winter on Islay in their thousands and constitute a large percentage of their respective world populations. Red-billed Chough has its last stronghold in Scotland on Islay. This tour starts and finishes in Edinburgh, which has excellent transport links with the rest of the UK. It is also possible to return from Glasgow on November 24th. Clients should arrive in Edinburgh on the night of November 16th.
December 1-13, 2018: £3,595
Rwanda is a small country which equates to around a fifth the size of England. Despite this the country is blessed with extensive areas of forest, lakes and swamps which in turn attract a wide number of birds and mammals. Rwanda is a wonderful destination for wildlife tourism and an excellent area to watch Mountain Gorillas. Our tour visits Akagera National Park, a mix of wetlands and forest and the bird-rich Nyungwe Forest National Park. We expect to see almost twenty-five of the range-restricted Albertine Rift endemics. Birding within Rwanda is still in its infancy and this tour could well bring a few surprise species within the extensive forest systems.
Winter sun and endemics
December 21-28, 2018: £1,995
The seven Canary Islands belong to Spain and can be divided, based on the type of habitat, into two groups. The Western Islands comprise Tenerife, Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and Gran Canaria. The eastern islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are situated off the African coast. We visit Tenerife, Gomera, and Fuerteventura which hold a good percentage of the endemic species found in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands have been isolated long enough to offer the opportunity to see the highest number of endemics to the region along with a great number of endemic sub-species. Fuerteventura has the endemic Canary Islands Chat and many other desert species including Houbara Bustard. The islands are volcanic in origin and offer some spectacular scenery and an avifauna found nowhere else on Earth.