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Here you can find a wide variety of exciting birding tours from around the world. Birding is our passion and we enjoy sharing our experience with other like-minded travellers, from beginners to expert alike. We truly believe that our combination of small groups, competitively priced and attractive itineraries, and our excellent leaders will provide you with the perfect birding and wildlife tour. So let's go birding!

The photo on the right is of a Hypocolius, a species we should see during our Oman tour in November 2022. We still have one space left on this tour.  More info here - Oman Tour Info

Hypocolius
Hypocolius

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Crab Plover
The One and Only - Crab Plover

OMAN
5th November - 18th November 2022

Awesome Oman must be one of the most exciting destinations we can travel to right now. Combining a whole bunch of Middle East endemics and specialities along with an ecletic mix of Asian and African species too! Beginning in the scenicly splendid Sayq Plateau we will search several different wadis for the recently-described Omani Owl. These northern areas are also good for Sand Partridge, Lappet-faced Vulture,  Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Pallid Scops Owl, Red-tailed and Variable Wheatears, Streaked Scrub Warbler, Plain Leaf Warbler and  Long-billed Pipit. Moving on to the wader extravaganza at Barr Al Hickman and it's thousands upon thousands of shorebirds including the most-wanted Crab Plover, we will eventually head inland deep into the 'Empty Quarter' or Rub al Khali, and reach Qatbit. The deserts could provide Cream-coloured Courser, Bar-tailed and the nomadic Dunn's Lark. There are several places we could see good numbers of Chestnut-bellied, Spotted and Crowned Sandgrouse as well before reaching the desert oasis of Qatbit. Here we hope to see Hypocolius amongst some great migrants and anything can turn up here from shrikes and flycatchers, to Bluethroat, Asian Desert Warbler, Wryneck and Menetries's Warbler. Moving on to Thumrayt we will be looking for Sand Partridge, African Collared Dove, Hooded Wheatear and Nile Valley Sunbird, before heading to Salalah for a 5 night stay. What an area we will find ourselves in and there's plenty to find and our first evening here will be spent searching for Arabian Scops Owl and Arabian Eagle Owl. Amongst a long list of target species we also hope to see Arabian Partridge, Desert Owl, Blackstart, Arabian Wheatear, Forbes-Watson’s Swifts, Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak and Yemen Serin. A pelagic from Mirbat could well be the highlight of our time here with Masked Booby, Socotra Cormorant, Jouanin's Petrel, Persian Shearwater, Saunders's and Bridled Terns and Sooty Gull amongst others. There's also an amazing variety of European, African and Oriental species present here to mess with our minds with species such as White and Abdim's Storks,Yellow Bittern, Little, Spotted and Baillon's Crakes, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Namaqua Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Singing Bushlark, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Turkestan Shrike, Abyssinian White-eye and so much more. Oman is bound to leave you amazed by its avian riches, great hotels, good roads and superb food. So why not?  See tour info here - OMAN BIRDING ADVENTURE TOUR INFO

wandering albatross
Wandering Albatross

CAPE HORN CRUISE 2023
19th Feb - 5th March 2023
The southern oceans are home to an incredible variety of seabirds with many mouth-watering species inhabiting this wild and apparently inhospitable region and the thought of taking one of the small boat pelagics out into these often rough seas is not that appealing to many people. Indeed, the very names such as Cape Horn, Straits of Magellan, Beagle Channel and the Falkland Islands conjure up a longing in many birders but it's always been just out of reach. Not any more! In partnership with Princess Cruises we offer the ultimate pelagic experience! By utilising the services of a full working cruise ship with all the onboard amenities one associates with such a venture we can sail the southern ocean in search of numerous much-wanted seabirds, with 10+ albatrosses, penguins, diving-petrels, prions, and numerous petrels this promises to be a trip of a lifetime. We will be on deck every day and the ship is stable enough to support our scopes as we search for some iconic seabirds such as both Northern and Southern Royal Albatross, at least 3 species of Wandering Albatross, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Salvin's Albatross, Cape Verde Shearwater, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Stejneger's Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, Fuegian Storm-Petrel (a potential split from Wilson's Storm-Petrel), Pincoya Storm-Petrel, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel and more! Add to this several land-based excursions to see King Penguins in the Falkland Islands, a visit to the wetlands near Montevideo, Uruguay, Alerce Andino National Park at Puerto-Montt and the Patagonian-steppe near Punta Arenas in Chile, the forests of Patagonia National park near Ushuaia, the spectacular Valdes Peninsula and Costanera Sur Reserve in Argentina. More great species should be seen such as Lesser Rhea, Elegant Crested Tinamou, Falkland, Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Snowy Sheathbill,  Imperial Cormorant, Giant Wood-Rail, Magellanic Plover, Rufous-chested Dotterel, South American Painted Snipe, Austral Pygmy Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, Magellanic Tapaculo, Black-throated Huet-Huet, White-bridled Finch and so much more! We have added both pre and post-tour extensions as well.

So often we birders leave our loved ones or 'significant other' behind whilst we fly off to chase our dream birds and we get to experience many different countries our partners would tell us they would love to visit also but without the early mornings or strains of keeping up with us and our group whilst birding. This tour is the perfect excuse for all  non-birding partners to join us on our travels whilst we enjoy our birding and they can take advantage of the amenities of this fabulous cruise ship. There is no charge for non-birding partners to join this tour only the cost of the cabin which can be arranged through our dedicated group contact at Princess Cruises. A non-birding Zoothera representative will also be onboard to assist with any non-birding activities and enquiries.   TOUR INFO HERE