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, Salvin's Albatross, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Stejneger's Petrel, Juan fernandez Petrel, Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, Fuegian Storm-Petrel, Pincoya Storm-Petrel, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel and more! 

On top of this there will be 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!

For a chance to see these amazing birds from the comfort of a full working cruise ship, please register your interest with the Zoothera office.

 February 2022 (exact dates tba)


Here are just a few of the key species we will be targetting on this tour:

  • Lesser Rhea
  • Darwin's Nothura
  • Elegant Crested Tinamou
  • Upland Goose
  • Flying Steamer-Duck
  • Flightless Steamer-Duck
  • Falklands Steamer-Duck
  • King Penguin
  • Gentoo Penguin
  • Magellanic Penguin
  • Northern Royal Albatross
  • Southern Royal Albatross
  • Yellow-nosed Albatross
  • Wandering (Snowy) Albatross
  • Wandering (Antipodes) Albatross
  • Chatham Albatross
  • Buller's Albatross
  • Grey-headed Albatross
  • Northern Giant Petrel
  • Southern Giant Petrel
  • Soft-plumaged Petrel
  • Cape Petrel
  • Masatierra Petel
  • Juan Fernandez Petrel
  • Slender-billed Prion
  • Westland Petrel
  • White-chinned Petrel
  • Cape Verde Shearwater
  • Pink-footed Shearwater
  • Grey-backed Storm-Petrel
  • Black-bellied Storm-Petrel
  • White-faced Storm-Petrel
  • Wilsons (Fuegian) Storm-Petrel
  • Pincoya Storm-Petrel
  • Magellanic Diving-Petrel
  • Common Diving-Petrel
  • Peruvian Diving-Petrel
  • Rock Shag
  • Imperial Shag
  • Red-legged Cormorant
  • Andean Condor
  • White-throated Caracara
  • Chimango Caracara
  • Giant Woodrail
  • Rufous-sided Crake
  • Red-gartered Coot
  • Two-banded Plover
  • Rufous-chested Dotterel
  • Magellanic Oystercatcher
  • Snowy Sheathbill
  • Magellanic Plover
  • Brown Skua
  • Chilean Skua
  • Long-tailed Skua
  • Dolphin Gull
  • Elegant Tern
  • Austral Parakeet
  • Austral Pygmy-Owl
  • Green-backed Firecrown
  • Magellanic Woodpecker
  • Black-throated Huet-Huet
  • Magellanic Tapaculo
  • Ochre-flanked Tapaculo
  • Chucao Tapaculo
  • Dark-bellied Cinclodes
  • Thorn-tailed Rayadito
  • Des Murs's Wiretail
  • Austral Canastero
  • Austral Negrito
  • Fire-eyed Diucon
  • Rufous-tailed Plantcutter
  • Austral Thrush
  • Patagonian Mockingbird
  • Patagonian Sierra-Finch
  • Falkland White-bridled Finch
  • Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch

Leaders:  Nick Bray, Derek Barber and local guides. 

Tour Cost:  £2750.00
Cabin Price:  Cabins start from £1,899 per person - please ask our office for details.

Airfare: £750.00 - £9000.00 (Approx) - Santiago/Buenos Aires

Single supplement: £tba

Deposit: £500.00

Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 5.

Included in cost:  all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 15 (food available onboard 24 hours a day) , all entrance fees, all transport throughout, 7 land-based excursions, and services of leaders and an English speaking guide. 

Not included: International airfare, accommodation in a variety of cabins - to be booked direct with cruise company, visa fee, insurance, tips, and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation:  Comfortable cabins on-board the Coral Princess. 

Booking: Participants should first book the on-board birding and the 7 land-based birding excursions with Zoothera Birding before booking a berth directly with the cruise company. You should contact the cruise company to book your selected berth (the Zoothera office will advise you on this and give you contact info, group code, ref no etc). Cabin base prices start from £1,899.00 (including port fees),  

All photos copyright Zoothera Birding unless otherwise stated

Top left: Wandering Albatross
Top right: King Penguins copyright Tracey Barber
Side Photo: Wandering Albatross
Top row: Cape Petrel, Northern Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Dolphin Gull
Middle row: Northern Giant Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, Great Grebe
Bottom row: Upland Goose, Southern Crested Caracara, Tierra del Fuego scenery