Birding Tour Trip Reports
Read the full details and birding highlights of our completed birding tours in this collection of birding tour trip reports. Each trip report contains a day by day account of the tour, a selection of photographs, details on the sites that were visited and a full list of species seen including scientific names that denote the subspecies seen.
2023 Birding Tour Trip Reports
Highlights included watching ‘The Flight of the Cranes” on the South/North Korea border, most of the world population of Baikal Teal in a single flock of half a million birds on the Geum River, Steller’s Sea Eagle feeding alongside White-tailed Eagles, being surrounded by a mass of calling Hooded Cranes at Suncheon Bay, monstrous Cinereous Vultures soaring overhead as if ready to pounce on us, Solitary Snipe in a rushing woodland stream, Scaly-sided Mergansers on a secluded river, finding Relict Gull in an unexpected location, woodland birds such as Varied Tit, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Dusky Thrush, Yellow-bellied Tit, Chinese Grosbeak and Pale Thrush as well as masses of birds on the sea on the east coast.
Highlight Species: Steller’s Sea Eagle, Relict Gull, Red-crowned Crane, White-naped Crane, Oriental Stork, Scaly-sided Merganser, Swan Goose, Stejneger’s Scoter, Hooded Crane, Solitary Snipe, Varied Tit, Yellow-bellied Tit, Asian Rosy Finch, Japanese Wagtail, Saunders’s Gull, Baikal Teal, Falcated Duck, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker
Read the full South Korea winter birding tour trip report.
Highlights included being among huge numbers of nesting large waterbirds at Prek Toal on our boat trip from Siem Reap, Sarus Cranes gathering in the morning at Anf Trapaeng Tmar, some incredible birds from a hide at Chang Kran Roy, including Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo and Bar-bellied Pitta, battling Bengal Floricans in the grasslands alongside Tonle Sap, an incredible array of colourful woodpecker in the dry dipterocarp woodlands of the north as well as global rarities such as Giant Ibis, dainty Mekong Wagtail alongside Irrawaddy Dolphins from the riverside town of Kratei, the endemic Cambodian Tailorbird close to Phnom Penh and, finally, the globally endangered Chinese Grassbird on the southern side of Tonle Sap.
Highlight Species: Greater Adjutant, Bar-bellied Pitta, Cambodian Tailorbird, Bengal Florican, Giant Ibis, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-shouldered Ibis, Mekong Wagtail, Sarus Crane, White-rumped Vulture, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Lesser Adjutant, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Black-headed Woodpecker, Chinese Grassbird, Milky Stork
Read the full Cambodia birding tour trip report.