I will be in Eilat with my wife in March next year on a long weekend. I would like to have at least a full day out birding so could anyone recommend me a guide with vehicle for a day please.
I cannot help with either of your target birds unfortunately but can highly recommend Haff Remich Centre Biodiversum in Luxembourg. You can access the reserve from Remerschen. there are several hides and migrants are starting to arrive now.
I stayed at Bakotu Hotel a couple of years ago. It is well situated for birding Kotu Creek and the golf course. Birding in and around the grounds is productive too, including Oriole Warbler. The food was good and both my wife and I had no problems. the staff were great fun so I would...
I have just spent the past 2 weeks around south Kruger (Satara southwards). Raptors were widespread but some rough advice as follows:
Crocodile Bridge area was exceptional for Black-winged Kite and held decent numbers of other raptors (Lanner Falcon, Amur Falcon, Martial Eagle, Brown Snake...
The Roberts Birds iPhone app is excellent and so are their field guides - they pretty much cover Southern Africa comprehensively. The app also has calls on it so pretty good all round. The SASOL app is just okay.
Hope this helps
I will be visiting RSA in December / January with my family, mainly self-driving in Kruger. We also have three nights in the Graskop / Blyde River area. It is a family holiday so I am slightly restricted on my birding activities!
I have a few target species:
Taita Falcon(appears to be not...
I have just come back from a birding weekend in Switzerland (Leuk / Leukerbad in Valais). I would advise that you take the cable car to higher ground locations for the montane species such as Lammergeier, Ptarmigan, accentor, Alpine Chough etc. I took the Gemmi Pass cable car up to the...
I just returned from spending a long weekend in the Leuk and Leukerbad area. I have to say the advice to go there was very good.
I picked up Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush fairly easily where two birds had been regularly reported at Bannwald S near Leuk, just at the logging station. Hohe Brucke was...
Many thanks for the reply & the links Florian. Apologies for not replying before but I have been away for the last 3 weeks. Do you have any advice on specific areas to look at in Leukerbad / Leukerfeld or is it just best to try the different routes and habitats?
I am planning a short birding trip in early August and would like to try for the following birds (all lifers):
I am also keen to say as many as possible of the usual alpine specialities including Alpine Accentor, Snowfinch, Wallcreeper and...
Jon - nice to read your report. I have birded Sal quite a few times over the past 5 - 6 years and always turned birds up. Hoopoe, Bar-tailed Desert and Black-Crowned Sparrow larks are always in the area between the Riu complex and Villa Verde. Ponta Preta area is good for CCC too as...
Can anyone tell me the best way to get Alrewas GP? I'm often travelling down the A38 and fancy popping in but don't know the best access point. Much appreciated if someone could let me know.
Stierlings Wren Warbler
This is the first time that I've posted on this forum. We holidayed in South Africa in July / Aug 2011 and I had Stierlings Wren Warbler at Marloth, along the fence walk next to Crocodile River. I hadn't realised that it was such a good bird!
Keep up the...
Sensitive Birds & sites
I can see both sides of the argument and broadly echo Nick's comments. Basically, a bit of common sense is required and that's all we can ask on this subject. The Cannock Chase birds mentioned are very much in the public domain. I don't think anyone should be censured...
Gradbach & SEO's
Had a walk around Gradbach today - pretty icy in parts but absolutely beautiful up there.
Several Red Grouse showing well near the road. Also raven, bullfinch and meadow pipit. No raptors!!:C
Anyone interested in SEO's near Swallow Moss. I had at least 3 on the Moss in...
Been working from home today and hit the magic 50 for the garden list with a cracking brambling - a year tick to boot. Also had goldcrest, treecreeper, siskin & bullfinch - 25 species in total for the day.
Been having a good look at the Redpoll photos. Size is often a good indicator as...
Rudyard & Garden
Had a walk around Rudyard (Heron Marsh) yesterday. Not too much around but flushed about 15 snipe in the frozen conditions. Heard the water rail again but couldn't see it - quite frustrating on the home patch.
Got my 49th garden tick in the form of a single redpoll. Quite...
Tittesworth Gull Roost
Had another shot at the gull roost at Tittesworth this evening which I had to curtail a bit early due to blizzard conditions, rivalling Swallow Moss. Couldn't do a good count but probably 100 Common Gulls & c 1000 BHG's. 25 Lesser blacks were also present indicating a bit...