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SAUDI ARABIA TOUR REPORT 2024

This was Birdquest’s first tour to Saudi Arabia, a part of the world that has only recently been opened to tourists and currently, with Yemen not accessible to visitors, the only country where you can see the SW Arabian endemics and near-endemics in complete safety in a rapidly modernizing land. Our very successful nine-day tour […]

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NORTHEAST INDIA TOUR REPORT 2024

This comprehensive, bird-filled 23-day tour of NE India was a highly successful exploration of the remote northeast corner of the Indian subcontinent seeing almost 500 species of birds, including most of the region’s specialties and other highly desired bird species. The Himalayan section of the trip amongst the snowy heights of the Dirang Region produced […]

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GUATEMALA & HONDURAS TOUR REPORT 2024

Northern Central America hosts some of the finest birds of the region and a good variety of habitats which makes Guatemala & Honduras very attractive. Also, a good number of specialties that just occur in northern Central America and southern Mexico have easier access from Guatemala, which is another good reason to consider this area […]

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PAKISTAN’S HIMALAYAS TOUR REPORT 2024

This was the first Birdquest tour to Pakistan to run since 2005, and also my first return since then, and what an exciting adventure it was! From the hot foothills at Islamabad to the forested mountain valleys and high passes, in addition to the birds nothing quite prepares one for the sheer abundance of jaw-dropping […]

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AZORES TOUR REPORT 2024

Our second-ever tour to the Azores was another great visit to this Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. This tour is focused on the now three endemic breeding birds of the amazing islands, which is linked nicely with our Madeira tour. We had great success finding the endemics: the intriguing Azores Bullfinch, the recently split […]

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MICRONESIA TOUR REPORT 2024

Our 2024 Micronesia tour was another epic twitch around the widely scattered group of islands in the Western Pacific which between them form Micronesia. It was an out and out success, with all desired endemics being seen, and seen well, as well as a few smart seabirds and some uncommon migrants. Amongst the impressive collection […]

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HAWAII TOUR REPORT 2024

Hidden away in the centre of the vast Pacific Ocean, the tiny chain of islands that form Hawaii are home to a unique but severely threatened avifauna. Radiocarbon-dating points to mass human-era extinction, 800-2000 years ago, and since the arrival of man in the islands the devastated Hawaiian avifauna has been battered by almost every […]

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GHANA TOUR REPORT 2024

Ghana, once known as the ‘Gold Coast’ is situated in the very heart of West Africa, and is a vibrant, colourful and friendly country that offers much to visitors. More importantly, for us, Ghana is without doubt the jewel of West Africa in terms of finding and seeing West African specialities. As with most of […]

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MADEIRA TOUR REPORT 2024

Our second tour to Madeira was another great visit to this Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean. We enjoyed three very successful pelagics, with great views of both Pterodroma species, several storm petrels including Band-rumped [Madeiran] Storm Petrels and plenty of Cory’s Shearwaters and Bulwer’s Petrels! On the island itself it was very easy birding […]

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CHINA’S SICHUAN & NORTHERN YUNNAN 2024 TOUR REPORT

The 2024 Birdquest tour to Sichuan and Northern Yunnan was a resounding success. As well as recording a total of 339 species, we tallied an impressive 163 ‘diamond birds’ – (species with restricted ranges rarely encountered on any other tour itinerary), exceeding or equalling recent tours in both 2015 and 2018. Whilst a few challenges […]

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