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An adult Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)

An adult Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)

 

Pelagic Birding is a rather specific ‘art’ or aspect of birding, and it basically refers to an ocean-going trip taken on a boat in search of true ocean-going species, such as albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm petrels, etc. This is usually done as a day trip but can be slightly longer. These species are almost never seen from land (except during extreme conditions when they get blown close to shore), and in order to see them one has to travel out into the ocean. Due to the rather unpredictable nature of the weather and sea conditions on the day itself, each pelagic excursion is scheduled over two days, with the second day acting as a backup.

Pelagic birding offers some of the most exciting birding out there – as one quite simply never knows what will turn up! These species are known to travel vast distances in search of food and spend the vast majority of their lives out at sea, traversing the world’s oceans. The possibilities can literally be anything! The sight alone of these unique birds with their incredible flying skills and aerial prowess is quite simply awe-inspiring, and they leave us marveling at their capabilities time after time.

The port city, Cape Town, off South Africa’s south-western coast, is world-renowned for its pelagic birding. This is due to the rich waters located off Cape Town resulting from the meeting of the Benguela and Agulhas currents. This quite simply attracts a large number of fish and, in turn, the many pelagic species that feed on these fish. This whole process is augmented by the many fishing vessels operating in these waters, which attract even more birds. Birding Ecotours now run regular scheduled pelagic birding trips off Cape Town, and we will soon start arranging pelagic outings in other Southern African destinations (such as Inhambane in Mozambique, Durban and Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and Walvis Bay in Namibia), and also in other parts of the world such as off Lima along the Peruvian coast and off the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.

 

A White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis)

A White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis)

 

Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata) ‘walking on water’

Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata) ‘walking on water’

 

Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera)

Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera)

 

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche carteri)

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche carteri)

 

There are some seasonal differences during pelagics, and the austral summer brings in a few northern hemisphere species, such as Cory’s and Great Shearwaters, European Storm Petrel, etc., while the austral winter brings in many of the true Antarctic species from further south, such as Antarctic Prion, Cape Petrel, etc. One can experience a great day out at sea during any time of the year; however, the most productive months must be the period ranging from June/July through October. Here the regular frontal systems from the south bring in many rare and ‘exotic’ species from further afield, and the waters off Cape Town are regularly packed with thousands of birds – a true sight to behold!

 

Cape Petrel (Daption capense) is predominantly found during the austral winter

Cape Petrel (Daption capense) is predominantly found during the austral winter

 

Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) is predominantly a passage species (Sep – Oct; Apr – May) but also is present in small numbers during the austral summer months

Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) is predominantly a passage species (Sep – Oct; Apr – May) but also is present during the austral summer months

 

Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) is present in the austral summer.

Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) is present in the austral summer

 

Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) is present throughout the year

Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) is present throughout the year

 

Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) is present throughout the year

Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) is present throughout the year

 

The austral winter months are better for the ‘great’ albatrosses, like this Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi)

The austral winter months are better for the ‘great’ albatrosses, like this Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi)

 

The prized Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) is one of the most sought-after species

The prized Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) is one of the most sought-after species

 

Our upcoming schedule for 2017 is as follows:

  • 29/30 April — 4 places remaining
  • 27/28 May
  • 10/11 June
  • 15/16 July
  • 19/20 August
  • 16/17 September
  • 14/15 October
  • 18/19 November

 

For more information on these pelagic outings, please click on the link below:

Information Cape Pelagic Trip

 

Seasonality Table (click to enlarge):

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Peru Birding Tours

Peru has the second-highest species list on earth and a huge list of 125+ endemic species; ever more are being discovered as the forests are studied now more readily than in the past. There is a huge amount of habitat to discover, and the remnants of the Inca Empire add to the majesty of any trip here. Because of its large size several trips or one long one are recommended to cover the major regions and give all of the fantastic EBAs (Endemic Birding Areas) due birding.

Birding Tour Peru - Hoatzin- Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests 2017

Duration: 16 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 01, 2017
Date End: July 16, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$6698 per person sharing for 4 - 8 participants, US$7076 for 3 participants, US$8558 for 2 participants
Summary: Welcome to the next tour in our ‘Birding Tour Peru’ collection. This is a classic Southern Peru birding tour, in which we sample a huge range of different habitats from coastal desert to high a...

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Birding Tour Peru - Peruvian Pelican - Alan van Norman

Birding Tour Peru: The Lima Area – Extension to South Peru 2017

Duration: 4 days
Limit (Group Size): 1 - 6
Date Start: July 16, 2017
Date End: July 19, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: 4-6 participants US$ 1174 per person sharing, 3 participants US$ 1336 per person sharing, 2 participants US$ 1490 per person sharing, 1 participant US$ 2180
Summary: During this short ‘Birding Tour Peru’ excursion we will be birding Pacusana, the Santa Eulalia Road,and the Lomas de Lachay national reserve, searching, among others, for the legendary Diademed...

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Birding Tour Peru - Marvelous Spatuletail - Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains 2017

Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 25, 2017
Date End: August 08, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$4871 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$7087 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants. Barbet extension US$1990 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$1826 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants.
Summary: We’re excited to bring you this fantastic ‘Birding Tour Peru’ adventure. Birding in Peru is a great trip that will offer an amazing set of endemic and classic Neotropical birds such as Lo...

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Golden-headed Quetzal by Alan van Norman - Peru Birding Tour

Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road 2017

Duration: 20 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: September 01, 2017
Date End: September 20, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$ 5590 per person sharing (6-8 participants), US$ 5950 per person sharing (4-5 participants), US$ 8728 per person sharing (2 participants)
Summary: Our Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road is perhaps ‘the’ birding adventure of South America, and the Manu Road is one of the obligatory birding destinations of the world. Our 20-day trip will tak...

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Golden-backed Mountain Tanager - Alejandro Tello

Birding Tour Peru: Central Peru 2017

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 27, 2017
Date End: October 14, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$5605 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants, US$8492 per person sharing for a private tour with just 2 participants
Summary: This tour is designed to search for endemics and localized birds of the Central Peruvian Andes. Exploring the highlands of Lima and Andean heights of up to 5000 feet as well as dry riverbeds, cloudforests,...

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Koepcke's Screech Owl by Alan van Norman

Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurimac Jewels 2017

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 6
Date Start: December 12, 2017
Date End: December 19, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$ 2850 per person sharing (6 participants), US$ 3000 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), US$ 3730 per person sharing (2 - 3 participants)
Summary: Our itinerary “Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurímac Jewels” is designed to provide you with one of the best selections of endemic, range-restricted, and classic Andean species in one of the most popu...

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Birding Tour Peru - White-capped Tanager - Trevor Haardaker

Birding Tour Peru: The Endemic-rich North and Cordillera Blanca 2018

Duration: 26 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8
Date Start: June 05, 2018
Date End: June 30, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$7259 assuming 6 – 8 participants, US$8229 assuming 3 – 5 participants
Summary: This expansive ‘Birding Tour Peru’ expedition of the magnificent north of Peru will lead us through all of the most rewarding birding hotspots of this astounding area brimming with avian riches...

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Birding Tour Peru - Hoatzin- Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests 2018

Duration: 16 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 01, 2018
Date End: July 16, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$7300 per person sharing for 4 - 8 participants, US$7713 per person sharing for 3 participants, US$9328 per person sharing for 2 participants
Summary: Welcome to the next tour in our ‘Birding Tour Peru’ collection. This is a classic Southern Peru birding tour, in which we sample a huge range of different habitats from coastal desert to high a...

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Birding Tour Peru - Peruvian Pelican - Alan van Norman

Birding Tour Peru: The Lima Area – Extension to South Peru 2018

Duration: 4 days
Limit (Group Size): 1 - 6
Date Start: July 16, 2018
Date End: July 19, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: 4-6 participants US$1280 per person sharing, 3 participants US$1456 per person sharing, 2 participants US$1624 per person sharing, 1 participant US$2376
Summary: During this short ‘Birding Tour Peru’ excursion we will be birding Pacusana, the Santa Eulalia Road,and the Lomas de Lachay national reserve, searching, among others, for the legendary Diademed...

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Birding Tour Peru - Marvelous Spatuletail - Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains 2018

Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 25, 2018
Date End: August 08, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$5309 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$7725 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants. Barbet extension US$1297 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$2169 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants.
Summary: We’re excited to bring you this fantastic ‘Birding Tour Peru’ adventure. Birding in Peru is a great trip that will offer an amazing set of endemic and classic Neotropical birds such as Lo...

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Golden-backed Mountain Tanager - Alejandro Tello

Birding Tour Peru: Central Peru 2018

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 27, 2018
Date End: October 14, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$6109 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants, US$9256 per person sharing for a private tour with just 2 participants
Summary: This tour is designed to search for endemics and localized birds of the Central Peruvian Andes. Exploring the highlands of Lima and Andean heights of up to 5000 feet as well as dry riverbeds, cloudforests,...

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Koepcke's Screech Owl by Alan van Norman

Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurimac Jewels 2018

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 6
Date Start: December 12, 2018
Date End: December 19, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$ 3050 per person sharing (6 participants), US$ 3210 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), US$ 3991 per person sharing (2 - 3 participants)
Summary: Our itinerary “Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurímac Jewels” is designed to provide you with one of the best selections of endemic, range-restricted, and classic Andean species in one of the most popu...

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Buff-fronted Owl - Alan van Norman

Owls of Northern Peru

Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: To be determined
Summary: Birding Ecotours has been operating tours in Northern Peru for almost a decade and has been pioneering in developing a tour like this. Our main objective during this trip will be to track down and show you...

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Diademed Plover - Niall Perrins

Peru day tours

Duration: 1 day
Summary: We offer 1-day Peru birding tours out of Lima. Please contact us for availability and details. ...

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Featured Guide - Eduardo Ormaeche

Head of our South/Central American office in Peru, and senior tour leader in this region. Since 2004 Eduardo Ormaeche has not stopped working for Birding Ecotours. He started guiding tours in his nati ...

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Hi Chris- I just wanted to send a quick note from the airport letting you know what an incredible day I had with Jason. He is an outstanding guy and a great birder. Our list for the day exceeded my wildest expectations. My head is still buzzing! I will connect with Jason so that we can compare lists once I have my details sorted out. In the meantime, please let him know today was one of the best days I have ever had in the field. Please also tell him I asked for a refund for lack of raptors…kind of an ongoing joke throughout the day. Thanks for coordinating all of this, Chris. Yours is an outstanding outfit. If I ever travel to one of the countries you cover or if I return to SA, I will only use Birding Ecotours. Best- Jon

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11/04/2014



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