Tours

 
 

I currently lead a number of tours for Sunbird:

Morocco in spring

As early spring touches Morocco, the country bursts into life, offering the visiting birdwatcher some truly memorable experiences. We begin in Marrakech before heading into the dramatic mountains of the High Atlas. Here we’ll seek out a variety of mountain species, and in particular the elusive Crimson-winged Finch, a species that is probably seen more easily here than anywhere else.

Perhaps most exciting of all will be our trip through the desert areas near Boumalne Dades and Merzouga along the edge of the spectacular Sahara. In this beautiful landscape are more exciting birds including some classic desert species of North Africa such as Cream-coloured Courser, Thick-billed Lark and Desert Sparrow. We then travel down to the Atlantic coast and Agadir where we hope to find Northern Bald Ibis, one of the world’s rarest birds, as well as a variety of waterbirds on the estuaries of the Souss and Massa. 

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Pharaoh Eagle-owl – one of the many exciting species we’ll search for on our Moroccan spring tour.

Pharaoh Eagle-owl – one of the many exciting species we’ll search for on our Moroccan spring tour.

Morocco in autumn

Agadir lies on the Atlantic coast far enough south to enjoy a warm winter climate and consequently the surrounding areas are rich in bird life, holding large numbers of wintering European birds as well as an interesting resident population that includes several African species.  Within easy reach of Agadir there are many different habitats – sandy and rocky seashores, reed-fringed estuaries, cultivated valleys, dramatic mountains, and open desert. During the tour we’ll visit many areas looking at a wide cross-section of the bird life.  The estuaries to the south of the town are undoubtedly two of the best birdwatching sites in the country, and the spectacular mountains inland host some fascinating species.  During the week we will spend one night at Goulimime, the gateway to the Sahara, so that we can explore this remote area in search of the more southerly desert species.  For the rest of the tour we will be based in one hotel in Agadir, allowing for ‘time out’ and optional sightseeing trips as well as exciting birdwatching.

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Northern Bald Ibis – the stronghold for this Endangered species is centred on the Moroccan coast.

Northern Bald Ibis – the stronghold for this Endangered species is centred on the Moroccan coast.

Oman in winter

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 to be part of the Western Palearctic, we’ll sample the best that this fabulous country has to offer – from the riches of the north coast and the wader-packed mudflats of the east to the hidden oases of the Empty Quarter and the almost Afrotropical fauna of the south.

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Omani Owl – one of several species of owl we’ll search for on our tour.

Omani Owl – one of several species of owl we’ll search for on our tour.