Photo Page 2009

This page showcases photographs taken on our tours or during a trip at the planning stage.

All pictures have been taken by our leaders or customers. We have not bought pictures from libraries to make our tours look more impressive. With Bird Holidays, what you see is what you get.


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Karen Hargreave visited Taiwan with Bird Holidays in Nov/Dec 2009. She took some amazing pictures, such as these two stunners. You can see more of her pictures on Picasa at Taiwan 2009

Male Siberian Rubythroat

Varied Tit


Paul has just returned home from two weeks in Goa and Karnataka. Amongst the great birds he saw were Great Knot, Ceylon Frogmouth, Grey-necked Bunting, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Malabar Trogon, Streak-throated Woodpecker and Grey-headed Fish-eagle. Click on the photograph below to see a selection of his pictures.

Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Goa, Nov 2009 (Paul Willoughby)


HUNGARY tour pictures - a special photo page can be viewed by clicking HERE


A few pictures from the Hungary 2009 RSPB tour by leader Roger Barnes:

White Stork, some of the 35 Long-eared Owls, local race of Jay, Eagle Owl


Phil and Sue Jones visited Brazil with us in October 2009. The trip was a great success, with Maned Wolf and Giant Anteater amongst the mammalian highlights, plus birds such as Black-and-Gold Cotinga, Bare-throated Bellbird, Hooded Berryeater, Grey-winged Cotinga, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow and Brazilian Merganser. Here is a selection of the photographs they kindly sent us...

Yellow-billed Blue Finch, Cipo

A pair of White Woodpeckers

Swallow-tailed Hummingbird

Swallow-tailed Cotinga at Caraca

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Plumbeous Kite

Magpie Tanager

Giant Anteater

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Cliff Flycatcher

Cinereous Warbling-finch

Checkered Woodpecker

Caraca Monastery

Blackish Rail


A selections of pictures by Sheila Ryde, customer on our September 2009 Tarifa trip....

raptor watching at the Straits of Gibraltar                          The Straits of Gibraltar with the Moroccan coast beyond


Short-toed Eagle heading across the Strait                                                      Pale-phased Booted Eagle

Eurasian Griffon Vulture                                                 Ruppell's Griffon Vulture, all the way from Senegal!

Juvenile Montagu's Harrier                                             Black Stork heading to Africa. Good luck!

Monarch butterflies are regular. This one was in the hotel garden.                         Two-tailed Pasha, Europe's largest butterfly.

Spoonbills and a Marbled Duck

Kentish Plover rest on Los Lances Beach, Tarifa

Greater Flamingos at Bonanza Saltpans

Red-billed Chough, Ronda                                                Ronda Gorge

Black-winged Stilt                                                Bar-tailed Godwit


Susan Bailey took some lovely photographs in the Danube Delta in August 2009. Here are a small selection....

White Stork and European Suslik

White Pelicans

European Roller and Purple Heron

Lesser Grey Shrike and Freyer's Purple Emperor

Juvenile Collared Pratincoles

European Bee-eater


Here's a photograph of a Grey-headed Woodpecker taken in the Danube Delta, Romania by Paul in August 2009.


Karen Hargreave took lots of great photographs during our July 2009 Ecuador holiday. To view them you can visit her Picasa site by clicking here.

Toucan Barbet, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Pacific Pygmy-owl and Humpback Whale (Karen Hargreave)


photos from our Bat-watching tour in Hungary

Lesser Horseshoe Bat  - for more click HERE



A customers photographic page has been set up for images taken on this tour. Please click here to see them.


The photographs were all taken by Nicholas Branson during our 2009 trip.



White-winged Black Terns in Poland. Click HERE to see great photos taken on this tour.


Photographs taken by Chozang Tangbi our local guide during the April 2009 recce to Bhutan.

Ward's Trogon - a much sought after species.

Buddhist stupa

..and another.

Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher

Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill

Grey Langur

Golden Langur



Malay Giant Squirrel


Crested Serpent-eagle

Collared Falconet

Blue-fronted Redstart




Following a day in the Argentinean marshes, we flew south to Tierra del Fuego where we watched a fine pair of Condors in one of the worlds most beautiful parks. Boarding our ship to Antarctica, we cruised past giant icebergs surrounded by Leopard Seals and hundreds of penguins.  Passing South Orkney, we spent 4 days in South Georgia, continued to Gough, Tristan da Cunha, Inaccessible Island, Nightingale Island and finally reached Cape Town....phew!!!!!

While traversing the South Atlantic, this trip was an incredible way to look for seabirds. A great adventure as well as being one of the most amazing bird tours we have undertaken. We hope to bring you more photos in the future, but first here is a taster from Phil.

Wandering Albatross & rainbow.


A young Wandering Albatross, possibly from Tristan da Cunha?

As they fly by the ship, it feels like one can touch the world's largest flying bird.

The unusual Spectacled Petrel nests only on the high western plateau of Inaccessible Island, Tristan da Cunha. Thought to number just 100 pairs in 1950, the population has increased considerably, but remains vulnerable. Birds are rarely seen in cold Antarctic or South African waters as birds fly towards Brazil to feed. One bird travelled an astounding 8,800 miles in just 49 days.



Atlantic yellow-nosed Albatross off Gough Island.


Tristan da Cunha, probably the most remote island on earth.

The Tristan Albatross is endemic to the islands and presently indistinguishable at sea from Wandering Albatross - lots of fun for seabird addicts!



click here to see Paul's Panama 2009 pictures


John and Freda Topham kindly sent us some photographs from our Panama, March 2009 tour ....


The Red-tailed Comet is found at high altitude in 'Little Hell', a scenic pass through the Andean foothills and one of Phil's all-time favourite hummers.

Below - This Great Dusky Swift was one of hundreds that breed inside the massive Iguaz˙ waterfall in Argentina.

It is one of the most incredible birds in the world. See more pictures on our special Argentina photo page. Click Here




Alastair Rae has just sent these excellent pictures from our recent tour in February.

Led by Andy & accompanied by John, they saw some excellent birds as these pictures show.


Altamira Oriole

Bare-faced Tiger Heron

Blue-crowned Motmot

Boat-billed Heron

Botteri's Sparrow


Striped Basilisk


In February 2009, Paul accompanied one of our groups on a cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula. Click here to see some of his photographs



In January 2009, Paul did a recce to Madagascar. click here to see his photographs of birds, lemurs and more....

Coquerel's Sifaka

Sub-desert Mesite

baobab in the famous spiny forest




Some of the favourite moments of Hillary Sills

Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins checked us out at close range

Roger acts the goat !




On the way to work!!!

While the cat's away, the mice will play.... well not this mouse!

The Bird Holidays leaders were all busy working hard abroad and missed the February snow and transport chaos. While manning the office, Phil stopped off on his way to work to admire a Short-eared Owl. He soon realised that this was too good an opportunity to miss and his camera recorded one of those magic moments that birders get when a normally wary species allows an intimate window into its life. 

The owl listened for mice below the snow and would pounce through it to grab one.

After digging through the snow, it would take the mouse to either cache it in a larder, or eat it on a fence post.



The owl caught about ten mice in a couple of hours of hunting, but only ate two. Clearly the snow did not affect its hunting ability. In fact, when the snow had gone, the owl was less successful. Maybe the mice could then see the owl above them?

The owl hid several mice for a meal later, but after eating one, it settled down for a rest. 







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