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Recent Tours - Georgia: migration along the Black Sea coast
A few of the 88,000 Honey Buzzards
Following Paul French’s scouting trip to Batumi last year, our first tour there was a great success. The first day gave us about 88,000 Honey Buzzards, 3000+ Black Kites and almost 200 Booted Eagles…and three Pallid, 59 Montagu’s and 128 Marsh Harriers, along with Lesser Spotted and Short-toed Eagles, Levant Sparrowhawks, and Steppe Buzzards and even two Crested Honey Buzzards…and oh yes about 150 Rollers in small groups. Elsewhere we found an amzing pool that held 9 Spotted Crakes, 4 Little Crakes, a Baillon’s Crake and eight Water Rails!
Just one of the 9 Spotted Crakes seen
Migrant warblers included Savi’s, Paddyfield, and Blyth’s Reed, while a small fall of Caspian Stonechats provided some excitement. Moving inland we found Krüper’s Nuthatch, samamisicus Redstarts, Red-fronted Serins, Caucasian Chiffchaffs, Green Warblers, Red-breasted Flycatchers, Calandra Larks, Armenian Gulls, and the local archibaldi race of Common Crane. This tour is set to become a firm favourite and the dates for next year are 27 August to 4 September with Paul French leading again.
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Estonia in Winter - in search of Steller’s Eider
6 - 9 March 2015 FULL
Second departure 10 - 13 March with James Lidster
Few places in Europe can match Estonia’s amazing birdlife at almost any time of year. Although well known for its spring birding and as an amazing place to witness spring and autumn migration, it is now acquiring a reputation for some superb winter birding. In particular it is the most important wintering area for Steller’s Eider, Europe’s most endangered seaduck, and there should be some large flocks for us to enjoy. This is also a great time for Hawk Owls, an uncommon but regular winter visitor in Estonia, where it joins a mouth-watering selection of other owls. Add to this a selection of raptors, the chance of some rare European woodpeckers, and a nice mix of wintering passerines and you have the makings of a great little winter break.
Steller’s Eider (top) and Hawk Owl, just two of many great species we hope to see in Estonia. Photos by Jari Peltomaki and Remo Savisaar
27 June - 10 July
Begining in the Tumbesian region, isolated between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, we travel through the scenic middle and upper Marañon Valley, one of the most important biogeographic boundaries in the Andes, and conclude with several days in the Andean ridge top forest at Abra Patricia on the east slope of the main cordillera. Every day we’ll be exposed to birds restricted to a particular habitat or region: Elegant Crescentchest (pictured above), Rainbow Starfrontlet, and Bar-winged Wood-Wren, to mention just a few with enticing names. We’ll have a good chance of seeing such legendary species as White-winged Guan, and the newly discovered Long-whiskered Owlet.
We’ll see about 40 species of hummingbird, thanks in part to several feeding stations, including Marvelous Spatuletail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Royal and Purple-throated Sunangels, and Emerald-bellied Puffleg. In addition, the scenery is simply magnificent. The spectacular Marañon Canyon, the Chachapoyas ruins perched on the cliffs of the Utcubamba Valley, the ridge tops at Abra Patricia, the little Andean village of Leymebamba, or the landscape surrounding our ecolodge at Chaparrí each on their own would warrant a visit to northwest Peru.