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We offer professional bird guides, small groups, solid value for money and a long established reputation!!
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Male Goldman's Warbler, a first-timer for Rockjumper in Guatemala! Seen in the remote Cuchumatanes Mountains a few days ago by tour guide Dušan Brinkhuizen. A superb warbler restricted to only a few high elevation mountain tops in Western Guatemala and the Chiapas State of Mexico.

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David Bishop and Glen Valentine have just concluded their exotic and bird-rich tour of the remote islands off West Papua and the seldom-birded Moluccan islands of Obi, Seram and Buru. During their epic two and a half week adventure across these little-known waters and tropical islands they were treated to a plethora of the region’s rarest and most spectacular and seldom-seen species. Kicking off on mainland New Guinea they were delighted to track down the superb Blue-black Kingfisher and Black Lory, while the offshore island of Waigeo and a few smaller, neighbouring islands produced displaying Wilson’s and Red Birds-of-paradise, Raja Ampat Pitohui, the extremely scarce and localized Brown-headed Crow, Island Whistler (possibly the first time any organized tour has ever seen this little-known species!) and Olive Honeyeater.
Moving on to the tiny island of Kofiau they succeeded in finding both Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher and Kofiau Monarch (only the second birding group ever to have seen these almost unknown species!).
Obi then produced Moluccan (Obi) Woodcock (a species only very recently rediscovered and previously only know from a few specimens), the gorgeous Carunculated and Scarlet-breasted Fruit Doves, North Moluccan Pitta, Cinnamon-breasted (Obi) Whistler and Obi Paradise-crow.
Highlights on Seram included the spectacular Salmon-crested Cockatoo, Lazuli Kingfisher, very rarely seen Blue-eared and Purple-naped Lories, Seram Honeyeater, Long-crested Myna and the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern.
The trip then ended with a visit to Buru where they were entertained by Moluccan Masked Owl, the rarely seen and almost unknown Black-lored Parrot, the very rare Buru Green Pigeon, Buru Honeyeater, Buru Cuckooshrike, Black-tipped and White-naped Monarchs, Streak-breasted Jungle-flycatcher and Buru Thrush. The absolute cherry on top, however, was their incredible encounter with a pair of Madanga! This bizarre, white-eye-like species only occurs in the difficult-to-access highlands on Buru. It feeds on moss-laden branches and trunks like a nuthatch and is now placed with the pipits but probably warrants full monotypic family status. Their very rare sighting of this species made them only the second birding group ever to have seen this legendary and until very recently completely mythical little beauty.
These were just a few of the mouth-watering specialities encountered during this incomparable birding adventure! Join them next year for what will certainly be a birding trip like no other and undoubtedly an adventure of a lifetime as they sail the crystal-clear waters of the Raja Ampats and island-hop in search of a vast array of Indonesia’s most prized, beautiful and little known avian gems, while also enjoying a wealth of rarely seen cetaceans and some of the most pristine coral reefs on earth!
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12/2/16
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News in from Ghana is that yet another one of our tours there has enjoyed great success this year, this time for Rich Lindie and his group of four. Not only did they record well over 400 species, the quality to be found on their trip list proved, yet again, that Ghana is justifiably one of the best birding locations in Africa right now. Highlight species sighted included such star regulars as White-necked Rockfowl, Egyptian Plover, Black & Red-throated Bee-eaters (among a trip total of 8 species of bee-eater), Great Blue Turaco, White-spotted Flufftail, Forbes's Plover, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Carmelite Sunbird, Standard-winged Nightjar, Hartlaub's Duck, and Western Bronze-naped Pigeon; whilst appearances from seldom-seen species like Lowland Sooty Boubou, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Black-collared Lovebird and Brown Nightjar were much-appreciated. On the unexpected front, five species of Illadopsis, a Lemon-bellied Crombec attending a nest, a Black-headed Lapwing in Mole NP and an amazing haul of 11 species of Kingfisher (including White-bellied) were all memorable sightings. What's more is that many of these great birds were seen exceptionally well!

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11/28/16
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Keith Valentine has just returned from an extremely successful 11-day tour of Ghana. Only four sites were visited on the route (Kakum, Mole, Bolgatanga and Atewa) and the group managed to notch up an impressive total of 354 species that included numerous highlights. We were treated to a fabulous 45-minute encounter with White-necked Picathartes in Bonkro Forest while another highly sought-after target, Egyptian Plover, was seen exceptionally well along the White Volta in the far north of the country. Rarities and other desirable species included the likes of Akun Eagle Owl, Standard-winged Nightjar, White-throated Francolin, Forbes’s Plover, Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle, Fox Kestrel, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Rosy, Blue-moustached and Black Bee-eaters, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Fire-bellied and Brown-backed Woodpeckers, Rufous-sided Broadbill, African Spotted Creeper, White-tailed Alethe, Olivaceous and Little Grey Flycatchers, White-fronted Black Chat, Preuss’s Weaver and the spectacular Togo Paradise Whydah. The highlight mammal of the trip has to go to the Four-toed Hedgehog we found during a night excursion in the Mole area.

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11/10/16
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Erik Forsyth and his New Zealand tour group were fortunate enough to see some incredible birds on their recent pelagic, namely 5 New Zealand Storm Petrels, 10 Black Petrels, countless Cook Petrels, White- faced Storm Petrels, Buller's and Flesh-footed Shearwaters and a Grey-faced Petrel! In addition to these stunners, Banded Rail was also seen late at Tawharanui Regional Park.
Photo - Black Petrel, photographed by Adam Riley
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After a fantastic tour to the Eastern portion of South Africa, our luck continues down in the Western Cape. Our Pelagic boasted six Albatross species, including Southern Royal and Wandering. We managed to find the skulking Victorin’s Warbler and Cape Rockjumpers in gale force winds. Our time in the Tankwa Karoo produced excellent birds, such as the Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Karoo Eremomelas, Rufous-eared Warblers and Pririt Batis. We ended the tour with Protea Canary and this fantastic sighting of a Cape Sugarbird in a King Protea within the Paarl Wildflower Reserve. What a fantastic way to finish! Thank you to all of the wonderful guests who took part in this fantastic extension – Gareth Robbins.

Photo – Cape Sugarbird, photographed by Gareth Robbins.
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After a very successful two weeks of birding in some of the best areas in the Eastern section of South Africa, our last full day took us up the Sani Pass. We were very fortunate to get great views of Bearded Vultures, Drakensberg Siskins, Gurney’s Sugarbirds, and African Rock and Mountain Pipits. However, the highlight of the day had to go to the Drakensberg Rockjumpers who put on an entertaining display for us as we descended the pass. To summarise the tour, we had some fantastic sightings of some very sought after birds, such as the Pel’s Fishing Owl, Narina Trogon, African Broadbill, Gorgeous Bushshrike, Spotted and Orange Ground Thrush, Wattled Crane and Cape Parrots - making this one of the most memorable tours yet. Many thanks go out to a great group of guests on the ESA VI Tour – Gareth Robbins.

Photo - Drakensberg Rockjumper, photographed by Gareth Robbins
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Our latest Image of the Month has been posted to our website! The prize for October goes to this beautiful picture of a Fire-tailed Myzornis, captured here by Markus Lilje.

Be sure to follow the link below to learn more about this incredible bird and where it is found, or to see more of our Images of the Month!

https://goo.gl/v0iG3c

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