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Uganda - Gorillas and Shoebills
23 June - 8 July 2018
Uganda is the jewel in the crown of East Africa with some of the best remaining forest in Africa and some truly remarkable birdwatching. we’ll search for enigmatic Shoebill on the fringes of Lake Victoria and seek out White-cbacked Night Heron on the papyrus-fringed lakeshore of Lake Mburo National Park. The wonderful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magical place of mists, hanging mosses and luxuriant vegetation and it is also where we’ll see some of the rarest and most exotic birds of the trip. However, it will probably be a mammal that is uppermost in people’s minds here. Over half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas can be found in this forest and during our stay there will be the option to take part in a guided trek to search for a group of these magnificent animals. The tour is led by Brian Finch.
Oman 15 - 25 November 2018
with Stephen Menzie
The Sultanate of Oman – one of the most attractive, unspoiled, and safest countries in the Middle East – offers an extraordinary wealth of birds and an exceptionally pleasant, welcoming, and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy them. Located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and with over one thousand miles of coastline, Oman’s varied habitats host a diverse selection of birds with significant elements drawn from the Europe, Asia and Africa. Offshore, Oman’s clean, fish-rich waters support an abundance of seabirds.
Now widely considered part of the Western Palearctic, we’ll sample the best that this fabulous country has to offer – from the riches of the north coast to the hidden oases of the Empty Quarter and the almost Afrotropical fauna of the south.
Above, Oman has a nice mix of African and Asian birds, such as this colourful Indian Roller. Below, Persian Shearwater will be one of the birds we hope to encounter on our short pelagic.
Photos Richard Campey
Guatemala: Birding amongst the forests and Mayan ruins
6 - 15/18 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.