Tour At A Glance

Cost:

2295

Deposit:

700

Single Room Supplement:

150

Tour Code:

Mostly easy but with some moderate walks, up to 3 miles per day

Group Size:

6 [min 4]

Raso Lark Hoopoe Lark Intermediate Egret Bourne's Heron Red-billed Tropicbirds Fea's Petrel Cape Verde Shearwater Cream-coloured Courser Grey-headed Kingfisher Iago Sparrow

Cape Verde - Jewel of the Western Palearctic

Date: 5th - 12th April 2019 [SPACES]
Leaders: Jason Moss

Introduction

 

Brown Booby
 
The Cape Verde islands, situated 450km off the west coast of Africa, are one of the most remote and enigmatic birding outposts of the Western Palearctic region. A beautiful archipelago of volcanic islands, they offer exciting birding opportunities, with a suite of endemic species, important seabird populations and a variety of species which are otherwise very difficult to see within the Western Palearctic. With some possibilities for seeing vagrant species from Africa and across the Atlantic added to the mix on a set of islands very few European birders have set foot on, it’s a mouth-wateringly exciting location! The trip will involve a stay on Santiago, which is by far the most habitat, and therefore avian rich island of the archipelago, boasting mountains, desert, wetlands, beautiful coastlines and areas of agriculture, all offering good birding opportunities. Additionally, we will visit the smaller mountainous island of Sao Nicolau, which will be our gateway for our boat trip to the amazing Raso Island. Here we will seek to encounter the most range-restricted lark in the world; the endemic Raso Lark, while also enjoying the islands impressive seabird colonies. Additionally, the crossing should produce several encounters of seabirds which can be seen in few other locations in the world. One or two other pelagic trips will be conducted during our time on Sao Nicolau to maximise our chances of seeing the key seabird species, and also in the spirit of discovery, as these waters are little-explored and could hold surprises! Some land-based seawatches will also be conducted during this part of the holiday. You can expect to see around 55 - 60 species.

 

 

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