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Here you will find details of our programme of birdwatching tours which we hope will be of interest.  We have tried to make our website as clear and as easy to navigate around as possible, with all the information you will need about each tour available on the relevant page.

If you have any questions about our tours, or Sunbird in general, please call us on 01767 262522, or email 

We look forward to travelling with you. Steve Rooke  

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A very confiding Mangrove Cuckoo on or tour to  Florida: The Keys and the Dry Tortugas

Forthcoming Tours

We still have spaces on the following:

Goa: 7 - 22 November
South Ecuador: 8 - 24 November
North Argentina: 12 - 27 November
South Argentina: 26 Nov. - 11 December
Ghana: 28 Nov. - 12 December
Myanmar: 23 January - 7 February


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British Birdwatching Fair - 21-23 August. See us in Marquee 2, stands 85&86 (in our usual spot - the Marquee has been renumbered)


After leading tours for Sunbird for 32 years, Bryan Bland has decided to hang up his tour-leading binoculars at the end of 2015, making his forthcoming tours to Romania and India his last.  Bryan’s tour leading has taken him to over 50 countries and, together with his highly-regarded residential courses held at Cley in Norfolk,  he has led over 1000 tours. Bryan will be with us on our stand in Marquee 2 all three days of the British Birdwatching Fair (21-23 August) and there will be a reception on the stand at 5pm on Saturday 22nd August to mark the end of this remarkable tour leading career.

CUBA - new dates

Stuart Elsom’s two spring trips to Cuba this year were so successful that we are also offering an autumn departure from 29 October to 10 November 2015. 

The tiny Bee Hummingbird is one of the stars of the Cuba show.



18 - 31 October 2015 

Namibia has everything going for it as a great wildlife destination. First of all is the place itself – Namibia is blessed with some stunning scenery.  We begin in the south at the famous Soussusvlei amidst the iconic bright red dunes of the Namib Desert, best appreciated in the early or late sun which throws up those famous curving shadows. We then cross the huge Namib-Naukulft to the infamous Skeleton Coast to visit Walvis Bay, teeming with millions of birds, and the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund before heading inland to the towering domed rocks of the Erongo Mountains. From there we move on to the classic African backdrop of Etosha National Park and finish the tour on the Waterberg Plateau.

Herero Chat - one of many localised species we’ll encounter on the tour.


Secondly there is its rich and varied wildlife which we’ll encounter along the way. Its birdlife has many species restricted to Southern Africa and while only one is an endemic, Dune Lark, others such as the Herero Chat, can only be found here or in Angola. Then it has a superb array of mammals, most of which are concentrated on the wonderful Etosha where we spend four days. All this combines with an exemplary infrastructure – the roads are great, the accommodation comfortable, the food delicious, and a friendly welcome everywhere we travel to present a truly satisfying wildlife holiday.

Despite all this, Namibia remains something of a hidden gem in terms of birding tours.  Our short tour is designed to show you the very best the country has to offer and we are looking forward to returning there after an absence of several years.

Etosha’s waterholes are great places to obtain great views of Lions, as well as a whole host of other mammals.

James Lidster will be leading this new tour with assistance from a local guide.

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