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Estonia 10-13 March
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. 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.
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Spain 25 April - 7 May
There is no other Mediterranean country that offers such a wealth of birdwatching as Spain and this comprehensive tour is designed to take in the very best birdwatching the country can provide. We’ll travel almost the entire length of this fascinating land, beginning with the extensive wetlands surrounding the old town of Jerez before moving on to the famous Coto Doñana to look for its equally famous birds and then visiting Extremadura, home to the highest concentration of raptors in Europe, in addition to bustards and sandgrouse. From there we’ll make our first visit to the mountains, where Bluethroats and Rock Thrush sing from extensive golden stands of broom, before venturing into the open steppe habitats of northern Spain that are home to a suite of special birds including the elusive Dupont’s Lark, ending our tour amidst the splendour of the forests and limestone crags of the Picos de Europa.
Azure-winged Magpie in Spain
Taiwan 18 April - 1 May
Taiwan boasts an impressive array of endemic species such as Taiwan Yuhina, White-collared Bush Robin, White-eared Sibia and Steere’s Liocichla.
Endemic birds are not all that Taiwan has to offer. The island is the winter home of the bulk of the tiny world population of Black-faced Spoonbill and we expect to see a few lingering birds. The tour’s timing, at the height of the northbound spring migration, means that we’re sure to see a decent number of East Asian migrants. We also stand a good chance of seeing that most elusive of Asian birds, Fairy Pitta.
Belarus 25 April - 3 May
One of the best places in Eastern Europe to see Azure Tit, Belarus has a lot to offer, including Great Snipe and Aquatic Warbler.
Lesvos 17-25 April
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of birding on Lesvos is the volume of migration and the variety of species, which at its height is quite spectacular and all the more impressive for the splendid unspoilt surroundings. Every spring produces its own mix of species and includes one or two unexpected rarities.
Colourful Rollers are a regular feature of Lesvos in the Spring