The Ultimate In Birding Tours

Mike Watson

Mike Watson lives with his partner Évi and their son Alexander in Lancashire, England and is the Client Manager for the Birdquest UK office, 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 every continent. He has spent considerable periods in the field with János Oláh in Hungary, where he met Évi, and in Romania. Other areas where he has particular expertise include Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Iceland, much of continental Europe, Israel, Oman, Bahrain, India (including Ladakh), Northeast Asia, Southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, Galapagos, Colorado, Texas, Hawaii and Brazil’s Pantanal.

Tours Led by Mike

Snow

Tours of shorter duration

March 2020

SNOW LEOPARD SPECIAL: LADAKH, INDIA

Whooping

Tours that are mostly easy

April 2020

TEXAS

Waved

Tours that are mostly easy

May-June 2020

GALAPAGOS

Polar

Tours that are mostly easy

July 2020

SVALBARD (SPITSBERGEN): A POLAR WILDERNESS

Desert

Tours that are mostly easy

April 2021

ISRAEL

Whiskered

Tours that are mostly easy

May-June 2021

RUSSIA’S RING OF FIRE: KURILS, KAMCHATKA & COMMANDERS

Harlequin

Tours that are mostly easy

June 2021

ICELAND

Cape

Tours that are mostly easy

October 2021

BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA