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Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Mike Watson lives with his partner Évi and their son Alexander in Lancashire, England and is the Client Manager for Birdquest, where he has also built up an enviable set of skills in airline reservations and ticketing. Mike started birding at an early age in northeast England and is still a keen ‘local patch’ man, although now that patch has become East Lancashire. Mike’s first career was with NatWest bank, where he eventually became a branch manager in Hertfordshire and later Norfolk, but he wisely decided on a complete change of career and joined Birdquest in 2005, rapidly becoming a key member of the team. Mike has travelled very widely in search of birds, visiting no less than six continents. He has spent considerable periods in the field with János Oláh in Hungary, where he met Évi, and in Romania, while other areas where he has particular expertise include Spitsbergen, Iceland, much of the rest of continental Europe, Oman and Bahrain, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Colorado, Texas, Hawaii and Brazil’s Pantanal.

 

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Mike Watson will be leading the following tours:

BAJA CALIFORNIA: THE LAST KINGDOM OF THE WHALES Saturday 24th March 2018 - Wednesday 4th April 2018
Baja California Mainland Extension: 4th April — 7th April
ISRAEL Saturday 14th April 2018 - Tuesday 24th April 2018
SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD): A POLAR WILDERNESS Sunday 15th July 2018 - Monday 30th July 2018
THERE ARE ADDITIONAL DEPARTURES AROUND SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD) OR TO NORTH SPITSBERGEN BETWEEN JUNE AND AUGUST SHOULD THE DATES OF THIS CRUISE NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOU. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
SNOW LEOPARD SPECIAL: LADAKH Friday 1st March 2019 - Thursday 14th March 2019
TEXAS Saturday 6th April 2019 - Sunday 21st April 2019
SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD): A POLAR WILDERNESS Monday 15th July 2019 - Tuesday 30th July 2019
THERE ARE ADDITIONAL DEPARTURES AROUND SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD) OR TO NORTH SPITSBERGEN BETWEEN JUNE AND AUGUST SHOULD THE DATES OF THIS CRUISE NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOU. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.