For a birding trip with a difference,  join me on one of these special birding holidays or arrange your own privately guided day or break. Options range from an annual autumn tour to the rarity hot-spot of the Azores (12 visits so far) to specially devised itineraries at home and abroad for your target species. For feedback, please see the Testimonials page.

New Year Birdlist Booster – based in the heart of the Highlands, we will target Scotland's key resident specialities: Capercaillie (right, courtesy of Heatherlea), Ptarmigan, White-tailed and Golden Eagles, Crested Tit and Scottish Crossbill. Additionally, we have good chances of Whooper Swan, Pink-footed and Greylag Geese, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Common and Velvet Scoters, Red and Black Grouse, Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, Slavonian Grebe, Red Kite, Purple Sandpiper, Iceland Gull, Dipper, Hooded Crow, Raven, Twite and Snow Bunting, and there's a possibility of rarer species such as King Eider, Surf Scoter, Northern Goshawk, Great Grey Shrike and more. Plan for approximately 100 species in three days, or 120 if you stay for a full week. Price: from £445.
* Tour operated in association with Heatherlea (ATOL 6113) and Birdwatch magazine. For more details or to reserve your place, call Heatherlea on 01479 821248.

AZORES: 12-20 OCTOBER 2013
The transatlantic vagrants tour, plus Azores Bullfinch –
nowhere in the Western Palearctic has such a high ratio of vagrants to resident and regular species than this isolated archipelago in the North Atlantic, and October is the prime time to see them. We will focus on Nearctic wildfowl, shorebirds and landbirds, with past highlights including such major regional vagrants as Wood Duck, White-tailed Tropicbird, Tricoloured Heron, American Bittern, Northern Harrier, Semipalmated Plover, Least, Solitary and Upland Sandpipers, Wilson's Snipe, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, White-eyed, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Hooded, Yellow, Blackpoll and Black-and-white Warblers, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Bobolink, plus the endemic Azores Bullfinch (above), near-endemic Atlantic Canary and potentially splittable Azores Gull, the local atlantis form of Yellow-legged Gull. Price: £1,330 plus approx £330 scheduled return flights from UK.
* Tour operated in association with Archipelago Azores (ATOL 6059) and Birdwatch magazine. For more details or to reserve your place, call 01768 775672.

Click here to read tour Azores reports for October 2009, October 2010 and October 2011
Click here for an online gallery of Azores birds from previous tours

New! Spring migration and specialities 
– this superb new tour takes in some of the most beautiful and bird-rich landscapes in Europe, from snow-capped mountains to the Black Sea coast. Expect a long trip list, including Yelkouan Shearwater, Dalmatian (right) and Great White Pelicans, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Grey-headed and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, Calandra Lark, Alpine Accentor, Pied and Isabelline Wheatears, Eastern Orphean and Eastern Bonelli's Warblers, Semicollared Flycatcher, Sombre Tit, Western Rock Nuthatch, Masked Shrike, Spotted Nutcracker and Black-headed Bunting. Price and dates TBC.
* Tour operated in association with Sunrise Birding LLC. For more details or to reserve your place, call +1 203 453 6724.

New! Breeding specialities 
– on the edge of the Arctic with long summer days and short nights, Iceland offers a wonderful birding experience. Harlequin Duck (right), Barrow's Goldeneye and Grey (or Red) Phalarope breed nowhere else in Europe, while Gyr Falcon and Brünnich's Guillemot are almost as keenly sought after. Add to that impressive line-up a long list of wildfowl, waders and other waterbirds, including Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter and Red-necked Phalarope, as well as other specialities including Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Slavonian Grebe, White-tailed Eagle, Rock Ptarmigan, Purple Sandpiper, Glaucous Gull, Atlantic Puffin and Snow Bunting, and it's easy to see why this is a must-visit destination for every birder. Price and dates TBC.
* Tour operated in association with Sunrise Birding LLC. For more details or to reserve your place, call +1 203 453 6724.

I am also available for guided birding either in/from London year-round for target species, and on custom breaks/tours in Britain, the Western Palearctic and further afield. If you want to discuss guiding requirements for tour groups or on an individual basis, please contact me.

Visit the Testimonials page.


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