Thursday, 7 October 2021

OMAN BIRDING ADVENTURE

So the world is opening up at last. And where to go birding? Certainly Oman ticks a lot of boxes, whether it's Crab Plover, Hypocolius, Omani Owl or the other Arabian specialities that float your boat. Or just some good birding visiting mountains, lagoons, desert, wadis and oases, and a pelagic thrown in for good measure..... Oh and for sure there's a mad-mix of Palearctic, Afrotropical and Oriental birds on offer.... 

We have tours to this amazing birding destination in December 2021 and February 2022


View the tour itinerary here: Oman Birding Adventure Tour Info


Grey Hypocolius


Crab Plover


Arabian Babbler


Sand Partridge


Arabian Wheatear


Crowned Sandgrouse


Jouanin's Petrel


Menetries's Warbler


Nile Valley Sunbird




Monday, 13 September 2021

NW ECUADOR 10TH - 23RD OCTOBER 2021

 ECUADOR IS OPENING!


In a couple of British newspapers today, it was stated that Ecuador (along with Argentina, Colombia & Peru) are being upgraded to the UK's Green List from next week. If that is true then our  NW Ecuador - Choc√≥ Specialities Tour is good to go. 

Take a look at our Ecuador Tour Info and let's go birding!


Long-wattled Umbrellabird


Monday, 16 August 2021

CYPRUS MINI-BREAK 4th - 10th September 2021

It's been a long period of staying at home due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and most of us are tentatively looking towards the future and foreign birding trips. Cyprus is currently on the UK's Amber List and if you are fully vaccinated all that is required for entry is an online form to be filled out. Upon arrival, everyone will be tested by the local Cypriot authorities. And that is it! The FCO have cleared UK citizens to travel to Cyprus so your holiday insurance is not affected.  

That's the technical bit over with. And now for the good stuff......

We are staying at a private villa on the west coast of Cyprus where we will be catered for without the need of visiting local restaurants. This tour is only for a select group of 4 people, staying in 2x twin bedded rooms at our villa. We will have five and a half days birding where our primary focus will be on seeing the 3 endemics: Cyprus Pied Wheatear, Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Scops Owl. We will also head up into the Troodos Mountains for a number of endemic subspecies and then spend the rest of our time visiting various sites such as Paphos headland, Akrotiri Salt Lake and others in search of a variety of species. Our trip is timed to coincide with the peak dates that Demoiselle Cranes stop off on their southward migration, and although a great deal of luck will be needed to see them this is the best site in the whole of the Western Palearctic for this particular species. Fingers crossed! We will aim to take a break in the middle of the day and take advantage of the pool and have lunch at the villa before heading out again in the late afternoon. 



Cyprus Scops Owl

As well as the 3 main endemics, there's a whole host of mouth-watering possibilities for us to look for such as Black Francolin, Long-legged Buzzard, Bonelli's Eagle, Greater Sandplover, Slender-billed Gull, European Roller, Eleonora's Falcon, Masked Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike and Cretzschmar's Bunting amongst many others.



Cyprus has all the elements of a classic birding destination with anything possible: there's flocks of shorebirds moving through, flocks of terns, hirundines, wheatears, shrikes, warblers, pipits and buntings. Add to this  great weather, great food and a fantastic private villa. Sounds horrible right? So for a first foray overseas after a while, then this could be just the ticket. Let's go birding.




See the full tour info here:   https://www.zootherabirding.com/cyprus-endemic-and-migration-tour-intro.html

JUST ONE SPACE LEFT...



Saturday, 20 February 2021

India Tour - Himalayan Monal Quest

So with the Covid vaccine being rolled out, hopefully we can look forward to getting overseas later this year (2021). What i'm currently working on is a little change to the Classic Himalayas tour to include a visit to Chopta in search of the amazing Himalayan Monal. We'll be posting the new itinerary within the week on the Zoothera Birding website.

But just take a look at this beauty....




Thanks to Shyam Sharma/Asian Adventures for the photos.