Trip Reports & Sightings

Posted by Christopher Hall

Falsterbo - Mass Migration - 30th August – 3rd September 2016, author Christopher Hall (added September 8, 2016)
( White-tailed Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Common Crane, Caspian Tern, Eagle Owl, Black Woodpecker, Icterine Warbler, Nutcracker, Honey Buzzard)

Ireland - Southern Shores - 28th August – 4th September 2013, author Christopher Hall (added September 8, 2013)
(Cape Clear Island, Great Saltee Island, Tacumshin Lake )

Georgia’s ‘Raptor Spectacular’ - 18th – 26th September 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created September 30, 2017)

Ireland - Southern Shores - 5th - 12th September 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created September 16, 2017)

Trinidad and Tobago, 2004, author Christopher Hall (added September 10, 2004)

Scilly Excitement 1st - 7th October 2013, author Christopher Hall (added October 9, 2013)
(Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Arctic Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Wryneck)

Estonia – Migration Highway 26th September – 3rd October 2014, author Christopher Hall (added October 6, 2014)
(White-tailed Eagle, Hazelhen, Nutcracker, Black Woodpecker)

The South Coast of England - 26th - 30th September 2016, author Christopher Hall (added October 4, 2016)
(Lytchett Bay, Arne, Chesil Beach, Pagham Harbour, Titchfield Haven)

A ‘spin’ on The Wash - 12th - 16th October 2018, author Christopher Hall (added October 20, 2018)

Isles of Scilly - 3rd - 9th October 2012, author Christopher Hall (added October 19, 2012)

A ‘spin’ on The Wash - 1st – 4th October 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created October 12, 2018)

Cruise the Enchanted Galápagos Islands - 11th – 19th September 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created October 12, 2018)

Ecuador - Andean Highlights - 19th - 27th September 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created October 12, 2018)

Scilly Excitement 3rd - 9th October 2015, author Christopher Hall (added October 12, 2015)
(Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellow-browed Warbler)

Scilly excitement - 2nd – 8th October 2008, author Christopher Hall (added October 11, 2008)
(Buff-bellied Pipit, American Golden Plover, Yellow-browed Warbler)

Pacific to Amazon via Machu Picchu, Peru - 2013, author Christopher Hall (added November 6, 2013)
(A mind-boggling 485 species of birds, with everything from penguins to parrots, including eleven endemics and thirty six different hummingbirds)

Voyage to the Falkland Islands - 27th October to 12th November 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created November 28, 2018)
(As the ship heads purposefully south towards the Falklands, we are shadowed by plenty more Giant Petrels, while other sightings include Black-browed Albatrosses, White-chinned and Cape Petrels, Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, Greater Shearwater....)

Lake Kerkini National Park - 30th October - 4th November 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created November 25, 2017)

Dumfries and Galloway - 22nd to 29th October, 2005, author Christopher Hall (added November 2, 2005)
(Loch Ken, Wigtown Bay, Fleet National Nature Reserve, Loch Ryan, Southerness Point)

Lake Kerkini National Park, Greece - 5th - 9th November 2015, author Christopher Hall (added November 12, 2015)
(Dalmatian Pelican, Syrian Woodpecker, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Rock Sparrow, Sombre Tit)

The Seychelles - A Tropical Paradise - 18th - 29th October 2015, author Christopher Hall (added November 1, 2015)

The Netherlands - Dutch Birding Bonanza - 20th to 27th October, 2006, author Christopher Hall (added November 1, 2006)

Lake Kerkini National Park, Greece - 29th April - 5th May 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created May 8, 2017)

Lesvos - 28th April - 5th May 2012, author Christopher Hall (added May 8, 2012)
(Metochi, Potamia valley, Achladeri, Skalachori, Kalloni salt pans, Napi valley)

Lesvos ‘Migration Island’ - 25th April – 2nd May 2015, author Christopher Hall (added May 7, 2015)
(Demoiselle Crane; Kruper's Nuthatch, Little Crake, Sombre Tit)

Texel - 18th - 24th April 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created May 5, 2017)

Corsica - Isle of Beauty - 18th - 25th May 2014, author Christopher Hall (added May 26, 2014)
(Marmora's Warbler, Corsican Nuthatch)

From the high Pyrenees to the Ebro Delta - 10th – 19th May 2017 , author Christopher Hall (link created May 21, 2017)

The Netherlands - Birds & Bulbfields - 28th April to 2nd May, 2005, author Christopher Hall (added May 18, 2005)
(The wetland reserve of Oostvaardersplassen and Veluwezoom National Park)

Birds and Bears - Eastern Europe - 11th to 22nd April 2006, author Christopher Hall (added May 16, 2006)
(We teamed up with Sakertour for this ambitious trip with a difference, visiting three different countries with the added goal of seeing Brown Bears in the wild)

England & Scotland - A Grand Tour - 25th April - 10th May 2016, author Christopher Hall (added May 12, 2016)

Birds and Bears - Eastern Europe - 11th to 22nd April 2006, author Christopher Hall (added May 12, 2006)

Southern Portugal 12th – 18th April, 2011, author Christopher Hall (added May 1, 2011)
(Black-winged Kite, Imperial Eagle, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Roller)

Moroccan Spice - 23rd February - 5th March 2010, author Christopher Hall (added March 9, 2010)
(Tamri, Tagdilt track, Todra Gorge, Erg Chebbi sand dunes, Ouarzazate, Oukaimeden.)

Norfolk Tour - 20th - 23rd March 2017, author Christopher Hall (added March 31, 2017)

The Solway Firth - 20th - 25th March 2011, author Christopher Hall (added March 31, 2011)

The South Coast - 19th – 23rd March 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created March 30, 2018)
(Titchfield Haven, Farlington Marshes, Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, Poole Harbour, Keyhaven Marshes, Lyndhurst, Blashford Lakes)

Islay & Jura - Birds & Otters - 11th - 16th March 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created March 30, 2018)

Baja California, Mexico - 17th February - 2nd March 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created March 3, 2017)
(Birds and Whales)

Spain - Cranes & Wallcreepers - 19th - 26th February 2012, author Christopher Hall (added March 3, 2012)
(Boletas Birdwatching Centre, Pyrenees, Santa Cilia vulture feeding station, Vadiello reservoir, Sotonera, El Planeron)

The Netherlands - Birds & Bulbfields - 21st - 27th March 2016, author Christopher Hall (added March 29, 2016)

Wild Canaries - birds & landscapes - 1st - 7th February 2008, author Christopher Hall (added March 25, 2008)
(Apart from the rare Barbary Falcon, we cleaned up on the Canary Island endemics and specialities, and what we had seen was seen really well, making this a very successful and enjoyable trip.)

The Camargue - 11th - 18th March 2008, author Christopher Hall (added March 25, 2008)
(Standing upright on his rocky pedestal with long ear tufts, deep orange eyes staring straight into our scopes made a perfect end to a memorable day.)

The Solway Firth 16th - 20th March 2015, author Christopher Hall (added March 22, 2015)

Coto Donana, Spain, 17th – 24th February, 2007, author Christopher Hall (added March 17, 2007)
(By the end of this most productive trip we had seen everything from the tiny Zitting Cisticola to the mighty Spanish Imperial Eagle)

Sri Lanka - Birds & Blue Whales - 23rd February - 9th March 2014, author Christopher Hall (added March 14, 2014)

Panama - 7th - 25th February 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created March 10, 2018)
(So here we are at the Canopy Lodge, in a wonderful setting beside a clear-flowing stream, in a steep-sided verdant forested valley, with perfect weather, in contrast to the freezing cold back home.)

Spain - Peaks and Plains - 28th May - 3rd June 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created June 6, 2017)
(Duero Valley, Toto, Cantabria, Picos de Europa, Espinama)

The New Forest & Brownsea Island - 23rd - 28th May 2011, author Christopher Hall (added June 5, 2011)
(Shatterford Heath, Bishop’s Dyke, Acres Down, Fritham Plain, Bratley View )

The Cairngorms - 14th - 20th May 2011, author Christopher Hall (added June 5, 2011)
(Rothiemurchus, Loch Ruthven, Findhorn Valley, Loch Garten, Lochindorb, Cairn Gorm, Glenlivet estate, Abernethy Forest )

Iceland - 1st - 9th June 2010, author Christopher Hall (added June 30, 2010)
(birds, whales and landscapes)

Corsica - 2nd - 9th May 2010, author Christopher Hall (added June 30, 2010)
(Corsican Nuthatch, Etang de Biguglia, Cap Corse, Scala di Santa Régina gorge, Evisa, Asco valley)

Finnish Lapland & Arctic Norway - 27th May to 5th June 2005, author Christopher Hall (added June 30, 2005)
(Little Bunting plus lots of other Finnish specialities)

England and Scotland Grand Tour - 22nd April - 8th May 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created June 3, 2018)
(Suffolk, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Iona, Cairngorms)

The Western Isles - Hebridean Adventure - 24th - 29th May, 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created June 14, 2018)

The Western Isles - Hebridean Adventure ‘Take II’ - 29th May – 3rd June 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created June 14, 2018)

Marvellous Mull, Scotland - 2nd – 8th June 2013, author Christopher Hall (added June 14, 2013)
(Great Northern Diver, White-tailed Eagle, Twite, Wood Warbler)

The Danube Delta - 21st - 28th May 2012, author Christopher Hall (added June 12, 2012)

Marvellous Mull - 1st - 7th June 2009, author Christopher Hall (added June 11, 2009)
(Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Corncrake)

Shetland in the ‘Simmer Dim’ - 31st May – 5th June 2016, author Christopher Hall (added June 10, 2016)
(Twite, Red-throated Diver, Red-necked Phalarope, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, Whooper Swan)

Belarus - Europe’s secret wilderness - 18th – 26th May 2013, author Christopher Hall (added June 1, 2013)
(Azure Tit, Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagles, River Warbler, Great Snipe, Terek Sandpiper)

North Spitsbergen - A Polar Bear Special - 18th – 27th June 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created July 7, 2018)

Iceland - Birds & Awesome Landscapes - 8th - 14th June 2018, author Christopher Hall (link created July 7, 2018)

Iceland - Birds, Whales & Landscapes - 13th - 20th June 2014, author Christopher Hall (added July 4, 2014)
(Red-necked Phalarope, Brünnich's Guillemot, Snowy Owl)

Mongolia - The ‘wild heart’ of Asia - 9th – 22nd June 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created July 2, 2017)

The Pantanal - Birds & Jaguars - 2nd - 14th July 2015, author Christopher Hall (added July 18, 2015)
(Pousada Currupira D’Araras, Cuiaba river)

North Spitsbergen - A Polar Bear Special 29th June – 8th July 2016, author Christopher Hall (link created July 17, 2016)

Iceland - Birds, Whales and Landscapes - 15th - 24th June 2016, author Christopher Hall (link created July 1, 2016)

Costa Rica - Birder’s Paradise - 10th - 25th January 2016, author Christopher Hall (added January 29, 2016)
(Parque Nacional de los Quetzales, Rio Tarcoles, Carara Biological Reserve, La Selva Biological Research Station, Tortuguero National Park)

Highland Hogmanay - 29th December 2018 – 5th January 2019 , author Christopher Hall (added January 11, 2019)
(Loch Garten, Burghead, Lossiemouth, Cairngorm, Gareloch, Findhorn Estuary)

On Safari in Tanzania - 9th - 25th February 2015, author Christopher Hall (added February 26, 2015)
(Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, Mount Meru, Lake Duluti, Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti )

Southern India & the Andamans - 21st January – 6th February 2013, author Christopher Hall (added February 26, 2013)
(Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Olivebrook Lodge, Banyan Tree Farm, Nagarahole National Park)

Bulgaria - 3rd - 9th February 2014, author Christopher Hall (added February 18, 2014)
(Red-breasted Geese and much more )

The Lancashire Coast - 4th – 8th February 2019 , author Christopher Hall (added February 16, 2019)

India - Birds, Tigers & the Taj Mahal - 2nd - 12th December 2010, author Christopher Hall (added February 1, 2011)
(Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Fatehpur Sikri, Chambal Safari Lodge, Taj Mahal, Kanha National Park)

Sri Lanka - Birds, Leopards & Blue Whales - 25th November - 9th December 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created December 26, 2017)

Senegal - 28th November - 10th December 2014, author Christopher Hall (added December 17, 2014)
(Saint Louis and the Djoudj National Park, Wassadou Camp, Cricket Warbler)

Patagonia and Iguazu Falls, Argentina - 9th - 28th November 2016, author Christopher Hall (link created December 10, 2016)

The Seychelles - Tropical Paradise - 6th - 17th July 2008, author Christopher Hall (added August 7, 2008)
(Seychelles Swiftlet, Seychelles Sunbird, Black-crested Seychelles Bulbul and Seychelles Blue Pigeon)

Spitsbergen Cruise - Polar Bear Quest - 21st July - 2nd August, 2007, author Christopher Hall (added August 23, 2007)
(Continuing south along the strait in brilliant sunshine and no wind, the ship eases its way through densely packed drift ice, followed by numerous Kittiwakes, blue Fulmars and Glaucous and Ivory Gulls....)

The Seychelles - birding in paradise - 9th - 20th July 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created August 2, 2017)

Brazil - The Atlantic Rainforest - 31st July - 11th August 2009, author Christopher Hall (added August 17, 2009)
(Serra dos Tucanos lodge, Serra dos Orgaos National Park, Portao Azul, Macae de Cima, Guapi Açu)

Shetland - 23rd – 28th June 2015, author Christopher Hall (added August 11, 2015)
(King Eider, Glaucous Gull, Twite)

Shetland - 17th – 23rd June 2015, author Christopher Hall (added August 11, 2015)
(Velvet Scoter, Corncrake)

Southern Portugal - 21st – 28th March 2013, author Christopher Hall (added April 6, 2013)
(Great and Little Bustards, Cream-coloured Courser, Spanish Imperial Eagle)

Islay & Jura - Birds & Otters - 7th - 14th March 2013, author Christopher Hall (added April 6, 2013)

Southern Portugal - 4th - 11th April, 2011, author Christopher Hall (added April 30, 2011)

Botswana - From the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls - 5th – 22nd March 2019, author Christopher Hall (link created April 3, 2019)

Lesvos ‘Migration Island’ - 19th – 26th April 2014, author Christopher Hall (added April 28, 2014)
(bunting 'fest')

Extremadura - Spain’s Wild West - 15th - 22nd April 2009, author Christopher Hall (added April 28, 2009)
(Monfragüe Natural Park, Tajadilla mirador, Toril, Trujillo, Guadalupe)

The Great Florida Birding Trail - 1st – 11th March 2009, author Christopher Hall (added April 28, 2009)
(Exploring the Sunset Ranch Trail, we enjoy a warbler fest, with good views of Black-and-white, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated and Palm Warblers....)

Discover Texel - A Dutch Hotspot - 12th - 18th April 2019, author Christopher Hall (added April 25, 2019)

Norfolk - 20th – 23rd March 2017, author Christopher Hall (added April 17, 2017)
(Welney, Snettisham, Titchwell, Cley)

Islay and Jura - 12th - 17th March 2017, author Christopher Hall (link created April 17, 2017)

Southern Portugal - 11th – 17th April 2016, author Christopher Hall (added April 17, 2016)

Southern Portugal - 26th March – 2nd April, 2012, author Christopher Hall (added April 11, 2012)
(Black-shouldered Kite, Collared Pratincole, Little Bustard, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear, Alpine Accentor)