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Other Trips. Itinerary for 2022/23.

DatesNo. of NightsDestinationStatusMinimum Price
March 202314Panama Canal ZoneSubject to COVID-19


14 Night Birding Trip to the Panama Canal Zone March 2023

I am planning a 14 night trip to the Panama Canal Zone taking place early to mid-March 2023.

This trip will be very similar to the trip I completed in March 2022 where I saw
504 species of birds. Although I would not count myself in any way as a guide
for this trip, having now completed a trip there and one previously to Costa Rica
I do have a reasonable idea of what I am looking at and can identify a lot of
species by sight, if not sound. Also, from my previous experience, I know where
to find certain species. I would not charge anything for guiding but
would just organize the whole trip, book hotels etc. for a modest fee.
I am open to any suggestions for preferred dates, but I think the first two weeks
in March are a very good time to visit, both weatherwise and birdwise. For details
of my trip this year (to whet your appetite) please click the button.

The total cost of this trip for me in 2022 was around £2200 everything included
which I thought was excellent value for what was on offer. This truly is a trip
of a lifetime. Birding doesn't get much better than this.

Accommodation would be in 2 excellent resorts in the rainforest north of Panama
City, namely Summit Rainforest Resort and Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
This would allow visits to all the places I visited on my 2022 trip with the
exception of the Pearl Islands trip which was not really a success.

To register interest in this trip or for any further information or suggestions E-Mail me


Guide Books


Where To Watch Birds In The Costa Blanca (Eleventh Edition 2020)

My first guide book 'Where To Watch Birds In The Costa Blanca' is available for sale.
It gives accurate details of where to go to find the regions special birds
including Spotted Eagle, Marbled and White Headed Ducks, Great and Little Bustards,
Pin Tailed and Black Bellied Sandgrouse, Dupont's Lark, Trumpeter Finch
and Azure Winged Magpie plus a host of other birds local to the area.

This is the 36 page latest edition which has been completely re-written
with the Hondo section now split into 5 seperate areas, much more information
on the Upland Steppe region and the inclusion of the best area to find Dupont's Lark.

Buy this book and the 'A Photographic Guide to The Birds of Hondo' book and get a 15% discount.


Where To Watch Birds In The Spanish Pyrenees (Sixth Edition 2019)

My second guide book 'Where To Watch Birds In The Spanish Pyrenees' is available for sale.
It gives accurate details of where to go to find the regions special birds
including Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, White Backed and Black Woodpeckers,
Citril and Snow Finches, Alpine Accentor plus a host of other birds
local to the area.

This is the 36 page latest edition which has been updated in 2019 with nesting
locations for species such as Wallcreeper and Black Woodpecker.


A Photographic Guide to The Birds of Hondo

My third book 'A Photographic Guide to The Birds of Hondo' is available for sale.
This 100 page full colour book is filled with pictures of birds that I have seen and
photographed at Hondo.

Buy this book and the 'Where To Watch Birds In The Costa Blanca' book and get a 15% discount.


Trip Reports From Outside The Alicante Area

Black Headed GrosbeakPine GrosbeakGreat Kiskadee Red Throated PipitSummer Tanager
ColoradoLaplandTexasLaplandUtah


Lapland BuntingBuffleheadRuddy ShelduckSpeckled TanagerHawk Owl
LaplandFloridaBulgariaCosta RicaLapland


Red Headed BarbetCitril FinchHooded Merganser Red Throated DiverRed Legged Honeycreeper
Costa RicaPyreneesFloridaLapland Costa Rica



News

The Hondo Reserve (North Gate entrance) is still open
on Saturday mornings between 0830 and 1130.
Bookings can be made with Hondo Visitor Centre,
telephone 966 678 515 or by E-Mail at parque_elhondo@gva.es
Access to the Visitor Centre area is available at all times.

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For Sale.

Apple iPod 32GB
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For details of the items for sale, click the button.


Videos

New videos posted on 12th April

Nightingale at Benejuzar on 10th April

Bee-eater at El Molar on 12th April


Latest Pictures

Click the Button below to view the gallery.
The pictures on this page are taken by me but not
necessarily on the specific date whereas all pictures in the gallery are.

New pictures posted on 23rd May.


Sightings History


Latest Sightings


Number of Species seen so far in May 2022: 152
Number of Species seen in the area so far this year: 243


I am unable to get out much for the foreseeable future because my UK
driving license is no longer valid in Spain and so I cannot drive.
This is absolutely awful, as the only birding I can do right now is at La Finca
unless I get a lift with some other birders. The problem that exists between
the UK and Spanish governments does not seem to be making any progress at all.
Sightings will be limited until this problem is resolved or I leave Spain.
If that happens, this website won't be 'live' any more.


23rd May

Sierra Benejuzar

20+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
2 Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
5+ Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
2 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
2 Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Western Bonelli's Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli)
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
2 Woodchat Shrikes (Lanius senator)
10+ Golden Orioles (Oriolus oriolus)

Segura River (Algorfa - Benejuzar)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Gull Billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
2 Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
3 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
50+ Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
2 Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

La Finca (House)

5+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)


22nd May

La Finca (Golf Course)

2 Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)
20+ Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
50+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
2 Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)


21st May

Hondo North Gate

Marbled Duck (Anas angustirostris)
5+ Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
5+ Squacco Herons (Ardeola ralloides)
5+ Purple Herons (Ardea purpurea)
30+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)
20+ Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybrida)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
2 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
2+ Moustached Warblers (Acrocephalus melanopogon)

10+ Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)


20th May

La Finca (House)

8 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


19th May

Hondo VC

10+ Marbled Ducks (Anas angustirostris)

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
30+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Crested Coots (Fulica cristata)
5+ Collared Pratincoles (Glareola pratincola)
5+ Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
20+ Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybrida)
10+ Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)

El Molar

10+ Audouin's Gulls (Larus audouinii)
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)
2 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
5+ Rollers (Coracias garrulus)
5+ Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus)

La Finca (House)

5 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


18th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

2 Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)
20+ Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
30+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
2 Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
2 Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)


17th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

3 Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)
20+ Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
30+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
10+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


16th May

Segura River (Algorfa - Orihuela)

Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Montagu's Harrier (m) (Circus pygargus)
2 Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
10+ Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur)
10+ Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus)
2 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
2 Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
100+ Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Black Eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica)
Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)
Western Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis)

Western Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia inornata)
10+ Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
2 Melodious Warblers (Hippolais polyglotta)
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)
Short Toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)
2 Woodchat Shrikes (Lanius senator)
5+ Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus)
2 Cirl Buntings (Emberiza cirlus)


15th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
20+ Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
2 Squacco Herons (Ardeola ralloides)
50+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
20+ Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
20+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


14th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

2 Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)
10+ Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
50+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
10+ Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
2 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
10+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Scops Owl (Otus scops)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


13th May

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
10+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
10+ Red Rumped Swallows (Hirundo daurica)


12th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
5+ Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
20+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
2 Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

La Finca (House)

20+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)


11th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

3 Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)
5+ Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
30+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
2 Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

La Finca (House)

5+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
20+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
2 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


9th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
30+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
30+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)


8th May

La Finca (Golf Course)

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
2 Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
20+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
20+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


7th May

Hondo North Gate

2 White Headed Ducks (Oxyura leucocephala)
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
3 Squacco Herons (Ardeola ralloides)
2 Great White Egrets (Egretta alba)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
20+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Hobby (Falco subbuteo)
20+ Curlew Sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea)
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

5+ Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
20+ Black Terns (Chlidonias niger)
White Winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
50+ Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybrida)
5+ Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus)
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon)
10+ Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)

La Finca (House)

10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
30+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)


6th May

Segura River@Benejuzar

5+ Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur)
2+ Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
30+ Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)

Sierra Benejuzar

Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
2 Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
5+ Golden Orioles (Oriolus oriolus)

El Molar

2 Audouin's Gulls (Larus audouinii)
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

2 Hoopoes (Upupa epops)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
2 Rollers (Coracias garrulus)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

Hondo VC

10+ Marbled Ducks (Anas angustirostris)
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)
10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
5+ Crested Coots (Fulica cristata)
10+ Collared Pratincoles (Glareola pratincola)
20+ Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybrida)
5+ Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)

La Finca (House)

2 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
10+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)


5th May

La Finca (House)

3 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
10+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
30+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


4th May

La Finca (House)

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)


3rd May

La Finca (Golf Course)

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

La Finca (House)

2 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
10+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)


2nd May

Segura River@Benejuzar

10+ Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur)
5+ Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
30+ Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta)
2 Spotted Flycatchers (Muscicapa striata)
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
Crested Tit (Parus cristatus)
2 Woodchat Shrikes (Lanius senator)
2 Golden Orioles (Oriolus oriolus)
Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

La Finca (Golf Course)

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)

2 Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
10+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Isabelline Warbler (Iduna opaca)

La Finca (House)

5+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Red Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)


1st May

Bonete Steppe

Quail (Coturnix coturnix)
5+ Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
2 Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos)
2 Short Toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus)

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
2 Marsh Harriers (1 m) (Circus aeruginosus)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
10+ Lesser Kestrels (Falco naumanni)
Hobby (Falco subbuteo)
10+ Great Bustards (Otis tarda)
2 Little Bustards (Otis tetrax)
20+ Gull Billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Pin Tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
5+ Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)
Woodlark (Lullula arborea)
5+ Short Toed Larks (Calandrella brachydactyla)
30+ Calandra Larks (Melanocorypha calandra)
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
10+ Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos)
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)
10+ Western Bonelli's Warblers (Phylloscopus bonelli)
Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)
20+ Rock Sparrows (Petronia petronia)