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9 - 25/30 October
with Phil Gregory and David Fisher
The Solomons archipelago stretches from Bougainville (PNG) in a south-east arc across the Pacific. Consisting of several large islands and numerous small ones, many of which are uninhabited, it is a must-see destination for serious birders. It has a high degree of endemism amongst pigeons, monarchs, fantails, myzomelas and white-eyes. It also has a couple of near legendary flightless rails and some of the least known birds on the planet. We will visit the islands of Guadalcanal, Rennell, Makira, Ugi, Gizo, and Kolombangara, and highlight species are likely to include Heinroth’s Shearwater, Solomons Sea-Eagle, Roviana Rail, Melanesian Megapode, White-headed Fruit-Dove, Ultramarine Kingfisher, Rennell Shrikebill, and Kolombangara Monarch. There will also be an optional post-tour extension to Santa Isabel, primarily to search for Black-faced Pitta, perhaps the world’s toughest pitta. We also have a chance here of seeing Solomons Frogmouth and the wonderfully-named Fearful Owl.
Panama - Bocas del Toro and the Western Highlands
17 - 26 November with Gavin Bieber
The many mangrove-fringed islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago have long attracted those with a sense of adventure, and a new ecolodge built on Isla Bastimentos adjacent to a large protected area of coastal forest now serves as a very comfortable base for the visiting naturalist.
The highlands of western Panama encompass a large area of lightly developed mountains. Forests draped in bromeliads over a carpet of tree ferns and mosses cloak the upper reaches of the hills, while the verdant valleys play host to small coffee plantations and rural villages, all under the shadow of multiple volcanoes. These highlands, shared with neighbouring Costa Rica, have been designated a globally-important bird area, with over 50 regional endemic birds.
For those interested in a longer tour with a truly mind-boggling diversity of birds, this trip can be combined with our tour, Panama: The Darién Lowlands where gems such as this Golden-collared Manakin await.
Guatemala: Birding amongst the forests and Mayan ruins of Central America
30 March - 7/10 April 2018 with Luke Seitz
The highlands of Guatemala’s Pacific slope are famous worldwide for three birds: the improbable-looking Pink-headed Warbler, the bizarre and critically endangered Horned Guan and the stunning Goldman’s Warbler (pictured above), soon to be split as Guatemala’s only true endemic. Less well known are the astonishing concentrations of boreal migrants that share these cool montane forests with a vast selection of Central American specialities and we’ll take plenty of time to enjoy fully the diversity of the region’s birdlife and to appreciate the charm of baroque Antigua. Our short Tikal Extension takes us even further back in time and into tropical lowland habitats with a completely new suite of birds. Watching Ocellated Turkeys, parrots and perhaps even the local pair of Orange-breasted Falcons among the ruins of one of the greatest cities ever built in the New World is an experience no birder should miss.