Bird watching guide

Bird watching holidays travel guide


2 minute summary

Meet a good birding guide and you realise that the image of birders as people who are only driven by one thing in life, to sight a certain species, is unfounded. By going on a bird watching holiday, you are merely opting for an intensive wildlife experience that stretches you beyond the likes of a mainstream safari. There is something magical about adjusting your ears and eyes to birdlife on holiday. It gives you a completely new perspective. In Trinidad and Tobago, for example, you can bliss out on the beach all day. But with a birding expert, you will also watch the skies fill with scarlet ibis at dusk. You can hike Ethiopia’s magnificent Bale Mountains but, do so with a birding expert, and the skies become a whole new landscape in their own right. A sort of avian arcadia. And there are many to be found. You just need to keep looking up.
Bird watching holidays are...

the best way to find the secret, most tranquil spots of any country.
Expert guides have the eagle eye and are
as wise as owls.
Bird watching holidays aren't...

just about birds.
You also have tigers in India, leopards in
Sri Lanka, turtles in Tobago and
wolves in Ethiopia.
Hello.
If you'd like to chat about bird watching or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
Rosy & team.
01273 823 700

Best time to go on a
bird watching holiday


Feather weather

Vivianne McGrath, founder of our leading bird watching holidays supplier, MotMot:
"At dusk, the whole sky at Caroni Swamp in Trinidad turns red with hundreds of scarlet ibis. It is almost like a ballet, coming in from different directions, then swirling around, and roosting on trees – it just takes your breath away."
Trinidad and Tobago: Birds are abundant and colourful year round but, for specific species such as South American migrants, May to September is best. North American species head here October to March. For the highest numbers of scarlet ibis, January, February and March are best.

The best time for birding in Sri Lanka is September to April, when the migratory season kicks in.

Gambia’s birds are particularly gorgeous October to May.

For northern India, October to May is a good time for resident and migratory species, post and pre monsoons. In Kerala, March to May is blazing hot.

St Lucia is a-twitter all year round, but particularly January to April, the main breeding season.

The highlight of the birding season in Hungary is in the autumn, when thousands of cranes swoop in, creating stunning images against the early sunset skies.

For Ethiopian exquisite endemics, beginning of September until February are best, with migrants joining the party from November.
Photo credits: [Birds at the beach: Petra Bensted] [Scarlet ibis - trinidad: amanderson2]
Written by Catherine Mack
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Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats

An endemic birding tour through the Western Ghats of India

From US $1360 8 Days ex flights
Ethiopia birdwatching holiday in Bale Mountains

Ethiopia birdwatching holiday in Bale Mountains

Discover Ethiopia's vast array of unusual birds

From £1083 10 Days ex flights
Birdwatching holiday in France

Birdwatching holiday in France

Great Bird Watching, Food, Wine and Bonhomie

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An eco-adventure experience that includes every comfort

From £2495 16 Days inc UK flights
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Explore wildlife-rich Kamchatka, Commander & Kuril Islands

From US $7300 13 Days ex flights
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Bird watching at two of India’s premier wetland reserves.

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