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This June Andy Walker made a scouting trip to Iceland to have a look at some of the areas we’ll be visiting on the Birding Ecotours 2018 Iceland Tour https://birdingecotours.com/tours/destination/country/iceland. Here’s a summary of some of the highlight birds he found, and some he managed to photograph.

 

Passerines:

 

There are not a huge number of passerines in Iceland, but some special ones, and they are so plentiful and in-your-face that you can’t fail to get great views. Redwing, for example, is an abundant breeding species in Iceland and is found almost everywhere. Other species likely to be encountered that I had no trouble locating included Northern Wheatear, the Icelandic form of Common Redpoll (rostrate), which also occurs in Greenland and Canada, White Wagtail, Snow Bunting, Northern Raven, and the endemic subspecies (and surely a potential future split) of Eurasian Wren, which is much darker than western European subspecies, with a longer bill too.

Redwing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redwing taking some food back to its nest.

Raptors:

 

Gyrfalcon is the big draw here, and it’s not surprising. It is a mega falcon – HUGE! I saw a couple of birds during the week. An immature female was hunting close to Lake Mývatn and flew right in front of my car! Luckily I could pull off the road and watch it hunting, or, more exactly, getting chased off by dozens of locally breeding shorebirds. I also had a couple of sightings of a male in a similar area, likely to belong to a breeding pair. An immature male Merlin was also busy putting the fear of God into the locally breeding Meadow Pipit population. It’s always an exhilarating moment when one of these raptors dashes into view.

 

Seabirds (gulls, terns, auks, etc.):

 

Iceland is well known on the European birding scene for having an excellent breeding seabird population. Top draw is Thick-billed Murre (Brunnich’s Guillemot), which has a very limited breeding distribution in Europe. When you add in Common Murre (Common Guillemot), Black Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, European Shag, and Northern Gannet, the cliffs come alive with a range of interesting sights, sounds, and smells. While I was at these sea cliffs, as well as enjoying great close-up views of all the above species, I also saw locally breeding European Storm Petrel and Manx Shearwater as they foraged out at sea. Great Skua was frequently observed trying to steal food from returning nesting seabirds, or just to take the young seabird nestlings themselves.

Northern Fulmar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Fulmar with a snow-capped mountain in the background.

Several species of gull breed in Iceland. Black-headed, Common, European Herring, Lesser Black-backed, and Great Black-backed Gills can probably be considered to be Europe’s commonest and most widespread species, but Glaucous Gull also breeds here, and Iceland Gull, although just a non-breeding visitor to Iceland, can usually be found year-round in low numbers. As well as observing many gulls breeding across Iceland, as is usual with gulls, I found some interesting aggregations of non-breeding birds of various ages and variable plumages in several small coastal fishing villages, with Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull being the pick for me, having been out of the UK for the winter.

Arctic Terns are EVERYWHERE! Breeding colonies are dotted around in every conceivable place, along the coast in cliff-top vegetation, or flying along fast-flowing mountain rivers, around lakes and marshes, and even hawking for insects along roads. Fantastic views of these species are guaranteed, every day! But do not assume that every ‘tern-like’ bird you see flying around is actually an Arctic Tern, because Parasitic Jaegers (Arctic Skuas) breed on the island and are often found chasing terns and raiding nests for food. It was great to see both pale- and dark-phase birds over the course of the week.

Arctic Tern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arctic Tern foraging oblivious to my presence a few metres from it!

Shorebirds:

 

Iceland is stacked out with breeding shorebirds. You can hear and see Common Snipe and Common Redshank literally 24 hours of the day. The Icelandic subspecies of Black-tailed Godwit, which is stunningly beautiful, is common, as are Whimbrel, European Golden Plover, and Dunlin. However, there are one or two breeding shorebirds that are the real draw to Iceland, and Red-necked Phalarope is one of those. The females are the more brightly colored of the pair, as it is the males that raise the young. On certain wetlands they can be super-abundant and often very confiding. With a bit of luck and some careful placement (watching for the angle of the sun and making sure you don’t end up in the water yourself) you can get some great photos of these dainty shorebirds. The sight of lots of baby shorebirds is a real joy to behold, and the cuteness ratings go off the scale!

Black-tailed Godwit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-tailed Godwit starting to moult into its non-breeding plumage (phone-scoped with IPhone 7 and Swarovski ATX95 scoped)

Red-necked Phalarope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-necked Phalarope – a female off feeding, she plays no part in raising her young after laying the eggs. The male (who is more drably plumaged) does all of that.

Wildfowl (divers and ducks):

 

Two species of loons (divers) breed in Iceland, Common Loon (Great Northern Diver) and Red-throated Loon (Red-throated Diver). Both species were fairly frequently recorded, and both species were looking spectacular in full breeding plumage, even more so when they had tiny babies either in tow or riding on their backs. The sound of Common Loon echoing around the mountains was spine-tingling.

Common Loon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Loon (Great Northern Diver) was found on several large water bodies and out on the sea. Take a look at Birding Ecotours You Tube for a video of this bird and its mate with their tiny baby.

A few species of geese breed in Iceland. Greylag Goose is common, and once you get into certain areas you start finding Pink-footed Goose and Barnacle Goose too, which were nice to see.

Another of the big draws for birders, especially European birders, is the breeding duck population with several key species present. Top of the list is Harlequin Duck, closely followed by Barrow’s Goldeneye. The former is scarcer than the latter, with Harlequin Ducks generally found on fast-flowing rivers and Barrow’s Goldeneye out on larger lakes. I had fantastic views of both during the week, Barrow’s Goldeneye chicks being my favorites of all chicks observed, Iceland also gives the rare chance to see breeding Long-tailed Ducks in Europe. This species is probably more frequently seen in their largely white-necked and white-headed non-breeding plumage with a grayish back, but during the breeding season they moult into a glorious black neck head with a striking long tail and a dark back.

Harlequin Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlequin Duck was one of the highlights of this Iceland trip. By late June most of the males have left the females behind at the nest sites and have gone back out to sea. Most of the time I was in suitable Harlequin Duck habitat I was just finding females, then right at the end of my trip I spotted a pair along a river with this stunning drake present. One spectacular bird!

Several other ducks occur, and good views are practically guaranteed of the following species: Common Shelduck, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser (Goosander), Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup, Common Eider, and Common Scoter. Indeed, to see most of these species with young was highlight enough for me. Lake Mývatn was literally covered in baby ducks while I was there, as were many of the small waterbodies I visited or drove past. During my week there I even found a couple of American rarities in the form of drakes of both American Wigeon and Ring-necked Duck. There are great possibilities for finding other interesting species such as King Eider, Surf Scoter, and Velvet Scoter, but you’ve got to leave something for the next time, right?

 

Summary

 

In addition to all the great views and photo opportunities of the incredible birds found in Iceland, the landscape views were seriously spectacular: huge sea cliffs, giant crags, roaring rivers crashing through waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, volcanoes of all shapes, sizes, and activity, numerous waterbodies, lava fields, boulder fields, stunted forest, heathland, and 24 hours of daylight! And although I didn’t have time to do it on this trip, the whale watching off northern Iceland is considered some of the best in the world, with a good chance of Blue Whale. All of this combines to a really great place to visit, and I can’t wait to get back in June 2018!


South Africa Birding Tours

South Africa is one of the best value destinations on the entire continent. The outstanding infrastructure, great accommodation, excellent food, wonderful South African hospitality, spectacular and varied scenery, and the presence of Africa’s big and small mammals makes it one of the most pleasant countries in the world to bird in.

Birding Tour Kalahari - Aardvark

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: The Kalahari 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: April 02, 2018
Date End: April 09, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Main tour: R40,987 per person sharing. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park pre-trip: R31,888 per person sharing. (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: We offer an optional 6-day Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park pre-tour extension to this tour. Welcome to our Birding Tour Kalahari expedition. The vast Kalahari area is semi-desert, where some very tough Africa...

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Birding Tour Southern Africa - African Scops Owl - Martin Benadie

Birding Tour Southern Africa: Owls of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa 2018

Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: April 10, 2018
Date End: April 24, 2018
Tour Start:: Windhoek, Namibia
Tour End:: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: R66,462 per person sharing
Summary: Owls of Africa: The southern dozen – Birding Tour Southern Africa This is a trip in which we concentrate on finding the fine suite of owls inhabiting Africa south of the mighty Zambezi River. Most of...

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South Africa

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: Drakensberg and Zululand 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: April 10, 2018
Date End: April 18, 2018
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Durban
Price: R47,534 per person sharing.
Summary: KwaZulu-Natal is one of the richest places for mammals and birds in South Africa. On this ‘Birding Tour South Africa’ adventure we first sample the impressive Drakensberg, which has lots of bir...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Leopard - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: June 01, 2018
Date End: June 09, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R56,870 per person sharing
Summary: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, charismati...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Lappet-faced Vulture - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa - Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari 2018

Duration: 13 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 9
Date Start: August 15, 2018
Date End: August 27, 2018
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Kimberley
Price: R64,656 per person sharing
Summary: This is a birding adventure in which a large number of localized southern African endemics will be encountered. In addition, big mammals such as black-maned Kalahari lion will be an exciting distraction to...

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Southern Double-collared Sunbird

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park 2018

Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 7
Date Start: September 01, 2018
Date End: September 11, 2018
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: George
Price: Main tour: R50,562 , Kruger NP extension R26,889
Summary: South Africa’s Western Cape Province is scenically stunningly beautiful and hugely varied – from rocky sea cliffs and impressive mountains rising straight out of the sea to everything from moist temper...

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Leopard - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment October 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: September 30, 2018
Date End: October 08, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R56,870 per person sharing
Summary: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, charismati...

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African Oystercatcher

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2018

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Spaces Available:: 5
Date Start: October 07, 2018
Date End: October 14, 2018
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: R31,700 per person sharing, (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: “The Fairest Cape” is an apt name for this part of the world, with the iconic Table Mountain, the picturesque Cape Peninsula, winelands in spectacular valleys between the Cape Fold Mountains, and argua...

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Quailfinch - Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa October 2018

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: October 14, 2018
Date End: October 31, 2018
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R68,300 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: This subtropical tour provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of species will be seen (the typical bird list for this adventure is in the range of 400...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Buff-spotted Flufftail - Hugh Chittenden

Birding Tour South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails 2018

Duration: 3 days
Limit (Group Size): 5
Date Start: October 31, 2018
Date End: November 03, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Between R8430 and R11333 per person sharing, based on group size and various other factors.
Summary: This short Birding Tour South Africa adventure concentrates on finding four particularly tough birds: Grass Owl, Cape Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Flufftail, and Striped Flufftail. Although there is no guarantee...

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Birding Tour South Africa: Marsh Owl by Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip 2018

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: November 14, 2018
Date End: November 21, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg, South Africa
Tour End:: Harare, Zimbabwe - or Johannesburg: a transfer is arranged before crossing the border
Price: 6 - 8 participants R26,479 per person sharing, 4 - 5 participants R31,462 per person sharing
Summary: This wonderful tour through less-traveled but very bird-rich north-eastern South Africa will have us explore such renowned hot birding spots as Zaagkuilsdrift, Magoebaskloof, and Mapungubwe National Park. ...

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Knysna Turaco - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: 12-day Western Cape February 2019

Duration: 12 days
Limit (Group Size): 8, rarely 9
Date Start: February 14, 2019
Date End: February 25, 2019
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: George
Price: R48,529 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: We often get feedback that the accommodation on this ‘Birding Tour South Africa’ adventure is great! Indeed, South Africa is one of the best value destinations on the entire continent. The exce...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Quailfinch - Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa March 2019

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: February 25, 2019
Date End: March 14, 2019
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R79,228 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: This subtropical tour provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of species will be seen (the typical bird list for this adventure is in the range of 400...

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Birding Tour Kalahari - Aardvark

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: The Kalahari 2019

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: April 02, 2019
Date End: April 09, 2019
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Main tour: R44,263 per person sharing. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park pre-trip: R34,439 per person sharing. (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: We offer an optional 6-day Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park pre-tour extension to this tour. Welcome to our Birding Tour Kalahari expedition. The vast Kalahari area is semi-desert, where some very tough Africa...

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Lion - Mammal and Bird Tour Drakensberg and Zululand

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: Drakensberg and Zululand 2019

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: April 10, 2019
Date End: April 18, 2019
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Durban
Price: R51,337 per person sharing.
Summary: KwaZulu-Natal is one of the richest places for mammals and birds in South Africa. On this ‘Birding Tour South Africa’ adventure we first sample the impressive Drakensberg, which has lots of bir...

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Birding Tour Southern Africa - African Scops Owl - Martin Benadie

Birding Tour Southern Africa: Owls of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa 2019

Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: April 10, 2019
Date End: April 24, 2019
Tour Start:: Windhoek, Namibia
Tour End:: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: R71,779 per person sharing
Summary: Owls of Africa: The southern dozen – Birding Tour Southern Africa This is a trip in which we concentrate on finding the fine suite of owls inhabiting Africa south of the mighty Zambezi River. Most of...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Leopard - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June 2019

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: June 01, 2019
Date End: June 09, 2019
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R60,282 per person sharing
Summary: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, charismati...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Lappet-faced Vulture - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa - Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari 2019

Duration: 13 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 9
Date Start: August 15, 2019
Date End: August 27, 2019
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Kimberley
Price: R69,828 per person sharing
Summary: This is a birding adventure in which a large number of localized southern African endemics will be encountered. In addition, big mammals such as black-maned Kalahari Lion will be an exciting distraction to...

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Southern Double-collared Sunbird

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park 2019

Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 7
Date Start: September 01, 2019
Date End: September 11, 2019
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: George
Price: Main tour: R54,607 per person sharing , Kruger National Park extension R29,040
Summary: South Africa’s Western Cape Province is scenically stunningly beautiful and hugely varied – from rocky sea cliffs and impressive mountains rising straight out of the sea to everything from moist temper...

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Leopard - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment October 2019

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: September 30, 2019
Date End: October 08, 2019
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R61,420 per person sharing
Summary: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, charismati...

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African Oystercatcher

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2019

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: October 07, 2019
Date End: October 14, 2019
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: R34,236 per person sharing, (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: “The Fairest Cape” is an apt name for this part of the world, with the iconic Table Mountain, the picturesque Cape Peninsula, winelands in spectacular valleys between the Cape Fold Mountains, and argua...

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Quailfinch - Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa October 2019

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: October 14, 2019
Date End: October 31, 2019
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R73,762 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: This subtropical tour provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of species will be seen (the typical bird list for this adventure is in the range of 400...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Buff-spotted Flufftail - Hugh Chittenden

Birding Tour South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails 2019

Duration: 3 days
Limit (Group Size): 5
Date Start: October 31, 2019
Date End: November 03, 2019
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Between R9104 and R12240 per person sharing, based on group size and various other factors.
Summary: This short Birding Tour South Africa adventure concentrates on finding four particularly tough birds: Grass Owl, Cape Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Flufftail, and Striped Flufftail. Although there is no guarantee...

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Birding Tour South Africa: Marsh Owl by Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip 2019

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: November 14, 2019
Date End: November 21, 2019
Tour Start:: Johannesburg, South Africa
Tour End:: Harare, Zimbabwe - or Johannesburg: a transfer is arranged before crossing the border
Price: 6 - 8 participants R28,597 per person sharing, 4 - 5 participants R33,979 per person sharing
Summary: This wonderful tour through less-traveled but very bird-rich north-eastern South Africa will have us explore such renowned hot birding spots as Zaagkuilsdrift, Magoebaskloof, and Mapungubwe National Park. ...

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Rufous-eared Warbler

Northern Cape Larks and other regional endemics – 3-5 days

Duration: 3 days
Price: On request
Summary: Southern Africa is the lark capital of the world, and larks are at times the favorite group of birds for Chris (when he is not chasing owls) and some of the other Birding Ecotours guides. And a disproporti...

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Blue Crane - Andre Stapelberg

2-day Agulhas Plains (Overberg) Birding Trip

Duration: 2 days
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: on request
Summary: This trip forms part of the 12-day Western Cape Birding Tour. This is a trip in which a disproportionate number of large and spectacular birds are encountered. We bird the stronghold of the world’s p...

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Ground Woodpecker - Ian Merrill

2-day Tankwa Karoo Loop

Duration: 2 days
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: on request
Summary: We fetch you from your hotel in the early morning and head through spectacular scenery to the beautiful town of Ceres (2.5 – 3 hours’ drive from Cape Town). Ceres is the gateway to the Karoo. T...

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Orange-breasted Sunbird - John Tinkler

Cape Peninsula Birding Tour - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is located near Table Bay on the northern extremity of the stunning Cape Peninsula. This morning we will fetch you from your Cape Town hotel and s...

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Cape Rockjumper - Andre Stapelberg

Cape Peninsula and False Bay Birding Tour - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: This tour will give you a chance to see some of the Cape’s best scenery while taking in some of its best birds as well, like Orange-bellied Sunbird, Knysna Warbler, and Victorin’s Warbler. ...

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Pelagic trawler - Martin Benadie

Cape Town Pelagic Trip - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Limit (Group Size): 8 - 10
Tour Start:: Simon's Town
Tour End:: Simon's Town
Price: R2100, with occasional discounts to R1900 (please ask). This is based on a group size of 8 - 10 participants plus the guide.
Summary: Pelagic trips off Cape Town are among the most amazing in the world, with at least four species of albatross virtually guaranteed, the splendid Cape Petrel (winter), many other petrels, storm petrels and s...

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Orange-breasted Sunbird - Gareth Robbins

1-day Garden Route

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Plettenberg Bay
Tour End:: Plettenberg Bay
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: The Garden Route – a special gem, offering spectacular and unique bird sightings, complimented with breath-taking scenery and phenomenal landscapes, all encompassed within lush forest lands, fynbos, thic...

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Black Harrier - John Tinkler

West Coast Birding Tour - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: The West Coast National Park is a 1-hour drive (if traveling directly) from Cape Town, But we certainly will be birding all along the way instead of driving directly! ...

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Buff-spotted Flufftail - Hugh Chittenden

1.5 - 2-day Trips for Rare Owls, Flufftails, Drakensberg Endemics, and more, near Johannesburg

Duration: 2 days
Price: on request
Summary: We often run a 24-hour trip out of Johannesburg or Pretoria, with one night in Dullstroom, targeting Cape Eagle-Owl. Often we run this trip purely as fund-raising trip to raise money for bird conservation....

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Verreaux's Eagle-Owl - Alan van Norman

Other / miscellaneous 1 - 3-day birding tours available in the Johannesburg / Pretoria area

Duration: 3 days
Price: on request
Summary: We take birders to sites for some exciting birds that can be found on the doorstep of Johannesburg and Pretoria, if you know exactly where to go, like our guides do. We can also arrange 2-3 day Wakkerstroo...

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Black-headed Oriole - John Tinkler

Johannesburg - Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: These beautiful botanic gardens are one of Johannesburg’s most idyllic natural sites, and here one can see Verreaux’s Eagle and other raptors soar in front of a lovely waterfall, while the beau...

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Malachite Sunbird - John Tinkler

Johannesburg - Highveld and Wetlands

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: Our birding guide will fetch you after breakfast from your hotel anywhere in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area, and take you first to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve in the morning, then to Marievale wetlands in...

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Purple-crested Turaco

Durban Day Tours

Duration: 2 days
Summary: We do a variety of excellent 1-day and 2-day tours around Durban, in addition to our longer, 16-day KwaZulu-Natal and Subtropical South Africa birding tours. Please contact us for further details or click ...

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The ascent up Sani Pass, one of the most famed birding routes in South Africa, provides easy access to most of the birds endemic to the Drakensberg.

Birding the Sani Pass and Lesotho

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Underberg, Himeville, or in some instances Creighton, Kwa-Zulu-Natal
Tour End:: Underberg, Himeville, or in some instances Creighton, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: The ascent up Sani Pass, one of the most famed birding routes in South Africa, provides easy access to most of the birds endemic to the Drakensberg Escarpment and highlands, plus spectacular mountain scene...

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Cape Starling - James Reveley

Dinokeng / Zaagkuilsdrift

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: After an early collection at your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria, we’ll head north into prime “bushveld” habitat north of Pretoria. A summer outing here offers over 100 species in a ...

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Secretarybird by John Tinkler - South Africa Birding Tour

1-3-day Northeastern Gauteng

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg/Pretoria
Tour End:: Johannesburg/Pretoria
Price: On request
Summary: The 1-3-day trip to the northeastern parts of ‘wider’ Gauteng offers both species richness and species diversity. A day list of 150 in the summer and 120 in the winter is not an uncommon achievement. ...

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Birding Ecotours company and SA office staff I can highly recommend booking a trip through Birding Ecotours South Africa. The Birding Ecotours staff is professional, the e-mail responses fast and all questions receive detail replies. Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours forwarded excellent advice to me on how to start world birding, which countries to visit in order to find a high number of birds over a short period and which bird book(s) to use for a country. Birding Ecotours’ newsletters provide further information on upcoming trips, details on areas (e.g. East African birding), on target birds per trip, as well as regarding birding books available for countries or areas. Trip reports (forwarded upon request) allow one to mentally prepare regarding number of possible birds, endemics per country and difficulty or travel time of a trip. The Birding Ecotours’ Facebook postings include snippets from current trips with photos as well as spaces available on future trips. The single supplement for Birding Ecotours’ trips is in most cases lower than other tour companies, which makes for safe as well as affordable travelling.

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