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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.
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Peru Birding Rally Challenge
“Team Sunbird”, consisting of Stuart Elsom, Gavin Bieber and Steve Howell, has just started the Peru Birding Rally Challenge, a bird race consisting of teams from all over the world. You can see how they are getting on by visiting http://www.birdingrallychallenge.com
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Details about our 2014 Programme of Tours are now online and you can see all our 2014 tour dates on our calendar. Exciting new tours for 2014 include:
Turkey with Yann Kolbeinsson
The tour kicks off with this magnificent Brown Fish Owl at one of its few Western Palearctic locations, before heading off on an exhilarating and comprehensive tour of the country. Along the way we’ll take in the mighty Mount Demirkazik, home to Caspian Snowcock and Radde’s Accentor, and Birecik, famous amongst birdwatchers for its Bald Ibis and as being the best place to see Pallid Scops Owl, before a visit to another mountain, Nemrut Dagi, where we’ll search for Kurdish Wheatear among the famous statues of Antiochus I. We end our tour in the far east of the country searching for species on the western edge of their range such as Mongolian Finch and Grey-necked Bunting.
Nearer to home you can join John Muddeman in Spain in search of the rare Iberian Lynx. This week-long February tour takes you to the remotest parts of southwest Europe in search of this scarce and beautiful animal. In recent years sightings of this once mythical creature have been increasing. We begin by exploring the wetlands of La Mancha lakes with their wealth of waterbirds before moving on to the mammal and bird-rich Sierras de Andújar in Andalucia in our quest for the rarest feline in the world.
Riverine cottonwood stands along the Upper Rio Grande River, expansive fields and ponds where countless waterfowl and cranes spend the winter, large lakes attractive to wintering waterbirds, and snow-capped mountains swathed in conifer forest form the backdrop to Gavin Bieber’s tour to New Mexico, home to the iconic Roadrunner.
Peru: birds and butterflies. In this region of southeastern Peru, butterflies have always stood out as being particularly noticeable. For example, while recording nearly 650 species of birds on our last tour, we identified more than 100 species of butterflies with relatively little effort. This tour promises to exceed that tally by a considerable bit as we pay closer attention to these winged gems in the company of co-leader Jim Brock. The total number of species of butterflies and skippers from this one watershed far surpasses the total number of birds for all of Peru - it may eventually reach as many as 2800 species, though our understanding is still in its infancy. Jim Brock has been on four expeditions here in recent years, and in the process he has added at least two new species to the Peru list, one an entirely new species of satyr. The secret to the great diversity of life in this region is the access via a single road that drops down the east slope of the Andes, along the southern edge of Manu National Park and through a full range of elevations; we’ll stay at high, middle, and low elevations, in three different lodges, two of which are active research facilities.