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Spanish Pyrenees in Winter Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 7 Days
Starting From EUR 1,955 / per person

Two Continents Birding Tour

5based on 6 reviews
Morocco 8 Days
Starting From EUR 1,670 / per person

Bird party in the Gambia!

Gambia 11 Days
Starting From EUR 2,760 / per person

Strait Birding & Cetaceans

5based on 8 reviews
Spain 7 Days
Starting From EUR 1,200 / per person

Swift Weekender Tour

4.94based on 3 reviews
Spain 4 Days
Starting From EUR 860 / per person

Doñana Delights Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 5 Days
Starting From EUR 1,150 / per person

Strait Birding and Cetaceans Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 7 Days
Starting From EUR 1,380 / per person

Unknown Vulture Spectacle Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 7 Days
Starting From EUR 1,725 / per person
Adamawa Turtle Dove
The Adamawa Turtle Dove has a disjunct population, very little seems to be known about this species, hardly anything exists on its feeding habits and it probably requires further census work to ascertain its preferred habitat and populations. In case you were wondering……Adamawa was a subordinate kingdom of the Sultanate of Sokoto which also included much of northern Cameroon. The name “Adamawa” originates from the founder of the kingdom Modibo Adama.
Moussier's Redstart
In the upper reaches of the Rif Mountains high above the mountain villages and towns it is possible among the singing Rock Buntings, Blue Rock Thrushes and Black Wheatears we will observe the completely unmistakable Moussier's Redstart! Check out our Birding two Continents tour for more information.
Egyptian Plover
The Egyptian Plover is the only member of the genus Pluvianus, also referred to (wrongly) as the Crocodile Bird due to its proposed symbiotic relationships with Crocodiles. According to the ancient Greek historian, orator and author Herodotus, the crocodiles lie on the shore with their mouths open and the bird flies into the crocodiles’ mouths so as to feed on decaying meat lodged between the crocodiles’ teeth! However no known modern day observations or photographic evidence of this behaviour exists! Although Herodotus did also comment on furry ants the size of foxes in the Persian Empire !
Moroccan Marsh Owl
In Northern Morocco it is possible to witness the beautiful Moroccan Marsh Owl on our Birding Two Continents tour - it is a rare and increasingly declining Owl, due to draining of their preferred wetlands, agriculture and disturbance. Due to these changes numbers having decreased to an estimated 50–140 pairs within an extreme limited range
Spanish Imperial Eagle
One of rarest of all birds of prey. Its population has experienced a gradual recovery from 38 pairs in 1974 to 198 pairs in 2004 and 365 pairs in 2012. We are very fortunate to be able to witness this super raptor on our tours in Spain - considering in the 1960s there were globally only c.30 pairs we feel deeply privileged to show you this Iberian endemic.
Short-toed Eagle
Main arrival of adults at The Straits of Gibraltar during first half of March but spring passage here is very prolonged, with some immatures arriving as late as June and July with the autumn passage from mid Sept to mid Oct but the overall passage period between August and November. Most migrants winter in tropical N Africa, S Mauritania and Senegambia.
Booted Eagle
In Europe, most Booted Eagles are migratory. Only a few spent the winter in southern Europe, but can be encountered in large numbers during migration passing the Straits or at breeding, wintering and feeding sites throughout many of the tours offered.
Red-knobbed Coot
Range has decreased in both Europe and N Africa; now close to extinction in Europe; reasons for the decline are not very clear - we have unique access to a number of great sites to find this species, consider our Doñana Delights or Swift Weekender tours or simply a full day tour.
Northern Bald Ibis
The first birds were released in 2005 in the Barbate area, Cádiz; in 2014 there was a free-flying flock of some 70 birds in the area and 24 pairs bred in the wild; 25 chicks were fledged. The Barbate colonies continue to persist, with birds ranging some distance to forage, notably on coastal pastures and nearby ricefields. You can watch a film for this species which we helped with logistics, guiding and travel for Birdlife International and Zeiss Birding here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVnaXs0W6qo
Rüppell’s Vulture
Rüppell’s Vulture is a large vulture that occurs throughout the Sahel region of central Africa. It can now be found in the Straits of Gibraltar too. It is a rare but regular non-breeding visitor to Iberian Peninsula, generally immatures - by 2010 total of 45 accepted records (60 individuals) for Spain, 13 for Portugal and one for Gibraltar, but these figures almost certainly a considerable understatement of true numbers and we regularly find this critically endangered species on our migration tours.

The Inglorious Bustards have a challenge!  As conservationists, we are only too aware of the environmental impact of the activities associated with our business.  We want to share with you the joy of watching wildlife all along the East Atlantic flyway, but in doing so we inevitably encourage consumption of the planet´s resources. Our challenge as a responsible ecotourism operator is to ensure that our activities can be channelled into a positive outcome for the environment.  We want to make sure that, when you travel with us, you´ll be benefitting, not exploiting the wildlife we see together.  On our trips, “eco-tourism” is a promise, not an oxymoron.

We call this concept #FlywayBirding.  We have turned traditional so-called “eco-tourism” on its head, putting conservation action and education at the very heart of what we do, not just as a guilt-assuaging afterthought to our trips.  We´ve thought hard about how to bring a completely fresh approach to delivering wildlife holidays from a sustainable standpoint, making only a positive impact on our surroundings.  And we’ve worked extremely hard to build some fantastic partnerships to help us!

Here is how we’re doing it – our #FlywayPromise to you.

We encourage sustainable land use.

Our work over decades for the RSPB, attempting to reverse the fortunes of UK, European and African farmland wildlife, has made us recognise the power of food choice and how it can affect the plight of declining species.

Latest findings presented at the IPCC in October 2018 were striking and conclusive.  While everyone talks about electricity generation and fossil fuel consumption, it is an oft-ignored fact that by far the best way of having a positive impact on our planet is to change what we eatCurrently 85% of the world´s farmed land produces just 18% of our calories.  Loss of wildlife areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife.  This is the legacy of meat and dairy production, which has enormous environmental costs in terms of habitat loss, air and water pollution and carbon release.

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Declines in the European Turtle Dove can be directly linked to intensive agriculture © Inglorious Bustards

In order to keep global temperature rise below 2ºC by 2020, we as global citizens will need to eat around nine times less red meat, five times less poultry and five times more legumes, vegetables, nuts and seeds. On our trips we are working towards these changes by offering a higher proportion and better quality of vegetarian options on our dinner menus than ever before.  We want to make the choice to eat ethically an irresistible one!  Don’t worry though, carnivores! Meat is of course available as normal throughout our tours, and you’ll never be denied the chance to try some of the delicious locally-produced meat dishes our destinations are famous for.

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We are also extremely proud to have teamed up with the Tarifa Ecocenter.  Operating under the slogan “The fork is the most powerful tool to change the planet.”, the Ecocenter is not just a superb vegetarian restaurant, it is a local hub for eco-consciousness.  Here you can partake in delicious, sustainably-sourced meals, made with produce from local wildlife-friendly farms.  The organic produce shop and meeting spaces are a sociable place designed to encourage the exchange of ideas.  We love working in partnership with them, along with their sister project, Molino de Guadalmesi – an organic farm, community centre, eatery and eco-lodge situated in a beautifully-restored water mill.  On selected tours, we visit the mill for dinner, offering our guests a thought-provoking experience around food choice and how positive change can help our wildlife and the wider environment – not to mention be extremely tasty!

Our picnics always contain seasonal local produce from small farmers.  In all of our destinations, we are lucky enough to find a wealth of small artisanal producers, many of whom are organic.  In 2019 we will source at least 50% of the fresh goods in our picnics from them.  Our aim is to increase this to 75+% by 2020.  Luckily, local extensively grazed goats´ and sheeps´ cheeses are invariably superb, and Andalusian organic tomatoes and peppers are quite simply world-beaters!  Our picnic fruit and vegetables for our Straits-based tours are now sourced wherever possible from the Tarifa Eco-centre, being grown locally on their farm.  In all of our trips to Africa, we source fresh from local markets and village traders.

We minimise packaging waste.

It seems that after many years of campaigning, the horror of the extent of our plastic consumption has finally entered the public consciousness, and changes might actually be made.  Our history of avoidance, reuse and recycling of plastic goes back many years, but when we are out cetacean-watching on the Straits enjoying copious marine life, we are certainly pleased to be part of the current wave!

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Of all the hazardous materials littering our seas today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats – Long-finned Pilot Whales © Inglorious Bustards

Thanks to our locally-produced food sourcing, the excess of packaging associated with supermarkets is immediately eliminated.  When we buy dry and other goods, we buy in bulk and manage their use carefully, thus reducing both food and packaging waste. Luckily Niki is from Yorkshire originally, so thrift comes naturally!

We ask our clients to bring their own water bottles which are filled from taps or potable mountain springs.  In countries outside the EU where tap water is not drinkable, we buy large containers and decant into personal bottles to reduce plastic waste.

We minimise our in-country transport emissions.

In Spain, we minimise the emissions associated with our in-country transport by use of modern, fuel-efficient vehicles.  Our minibus is a Renault Trafic, known as being one of the most economical vans on the market, returning an impressive mpg of 50, with further features such as Stop & Start, Cruise Control and ECO mode adding to its green credentials.

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Lovely Jane and The Bustard-bus !

Our focus on hosting trips along the glorious East Atlantic Flyway means that we are able to arrive at 90% of our tour destinations to meet you without boarding a flight ourselves.

We know our areas well, so we are also able to apply careful route-planning to minimise driving distances between sites.

What we can´t eliminate, we offset.   

Inglorious Bustards have pledged to offset unavoidable carbon emissions through World Land Trust’s (WLT) Carbon Balanced programme.

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Unlike some carbon-offsetting schemes, this is not simply a case of absolving guilt by shoving some trees in an ill-thought-out location!  WLT funds the purchase or lease of threatened land to create nature reserves, protecting both habitats and their wildlife.  By protecting and restoring threatened forest in key areas of conservation importance, CO₂ emissions are prevented and carbon storage enhanced.To make projects like this work, this fore-sighted organisation includes, rather than excludes local communities.  It funds partner NGOs to employ local people as reserve rangers, sustainably managing some of the world’s most threatened habitats and the animals found within them.

We balance all the CO₂ emissions associated with our staff flights and all in-country travel and accommodation associated with our tours.  In 2018, we offset over 24 tonnes of CO₂, funds for which went directly to acquiring and preserving threatened forest habitat.  We are also encouraging you to offset your own holiday flights through WLT. Currently this can be done directly through their website, but in early 2019 we will be introducing an option to our booking form allowing you to offset as you book your trip!

We encourage respectful wildlife-watching.

For the prosperity of the species that we enjoy watching so much, and for our own ongoing enjoyment, it is imperative that we avoid disturbing the wildlife we are trying to see.

We never flush birds.  The reward of seeing a Red-necked Nightjar or a Tawny Owl at rest after patient and quiet searching from afar is so much greater than glimpsing one fly away after some idiot has just booted it out of the undergrowth!  For ground-nesters such as the Moroccan Marsh Owl, we now only offer trips outside the breeding season, and time our site visits to maximise the chance of finding the birds active rather than roosting.

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Red-necked Nightjar © Inglorious Bustards

We use fieldcraft to find passerines.  Usually with a little patience and listening, it is perfectly possible to find the bird you are looking for.  On the very rare occasions we choose to use a tape, we do so sensitively, always adhering to the guidelines published in the article “The Proper Use of Playback in Birding” by Sibley et al.

Where we work through other companies, for example for cetacean-watching boat trips or to look for Iberian Lynx, we only work with reputable firms who have non-intrusive wildlife-watching protocols in place.

We challenge the unethical.

While we as individuals have no problem with sustainable subsistence hunting within local communities, we personally find hunting for so-called ‘sport’ abhorrent, and unsustainable trophy hunting completely unacceptable.  The hunting industry seems to be out of control, able to damage ecosystems and illegally kill native wildlife with impunity.  Of the thirty optics companies that were examined in the 2018 Ethical Consumer report entitled “Shooting Wildlife II”, 83% were found to specifically market to hunters as well as birders.  And a disappointing 13 of these actively glamorise trophy hunting in their promotional material, including targets like lions and bears.

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Inglorious Bustard – Bubacarr in The Gambia using his super Viking Binoculars!

Viking-logos-2014_1 copyThat´s why we´re proud to be ambassadors for Viking Optical – a British-based company which is one of only a handful of companies that produce high quality optics solely for the wildlife-watching market.  They too have nature at their heart and support a variety of conservation projects including being RSPB Species Champions for two critically endangered birds and long-time sponsors of the Birdfair.  We love the personal contact, trust and compassion involved in working with them.  They really put their optics where their mouth is, enabling us to loan binoculars to volunteers monitoring the raptor migration across the Straits of Gibraltar, to bird-watching newcomers, and to budding young Gambian ornithologists.

Phew! Now that we´ve minimised our own impact on the environment as much as we can, it´s time to add positive actions!

We support local conservation projects.

All across the East Atlantic Flyway, there are passionate individuals and local NGOs running brilliant small-scale conservation initiatives, making immediate positive differences for their local wildlife.  As our company grows, so does our ability to contribute to their efforts.  Our portfolio of projects expands all the time, and you can read more on our website, but here´s a taster:

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The Migres Foundation is a private non-profit scientific and cultural foundation, focused on the preservation and enhancement of natural heritage in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Migres has run a long-term monitoring program of bird migration through the Strait of Gibraltar since 1997, making it the greatest sustained effort for monitoring migratory birds in Europe, and is immensely important in monitoring population change and migratory patterns in many avian species, including endangered species such as Egyptian Vultures and Balearic Shearwaters.

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Inglorious Bustard guide and Migres front-man Alejandro monitors the passage of soaring Birds © Inglorious Bustards

The body of scientific research generated by Migres on interactions between soaring birds and wind turbines has global importance.

They also perform research and awareness programs, carry out advanced ornithological training activities and environmental education, organise conferences, and encourage activities promoting sustainable local development and nature tourism in general.

We work closely with Migres in assisting with monitoring, fundraising and promotional activities using our wealth of experience gained whilst working for the RSPB.

Marisma-21-logoMarisma 21 is an organisation devoted to the restoration of the salt marshes in the Bay of Cadiz, on the south western coast of Spain. The salt marsh is an important ecological area and Marisma 21’s objectives are the recovery and holistic revitalisation of the salt pans using artisanal salt production methods. This not only ensures the maintenance of the macro-flora in the salt pans, an important food source for migratory wading birds, but enhances the local environment for aquatic salt-loving species.

The sympathetic management and hand-harvesting of the pans not only generates multiple benefits for wildlife, it also brings employment to the area in the form of salt production work and nature tourism.

On selected tours, we offer you the opportunity to dine on site at the salt pans, watching breeding Little Terns and Kentish Plovers while eating delicious freshly-cooked tortillitas de camarrones, and shrimps fished from the salt pans just moments before!  You´ll have the opportunity to support their work by taking home some souvenir salt, an incredibly tasty product you´ll also get to sample at our picnics!

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Sustainable, traditional management of the salt pans for the environment, nature and people © Inglorious Bustards

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Based at Kotu Creek, near Brufut, TheGambia Birdwatchers Association was established in 2007.  It provides a headquarters for the area´s bird guides, trains the next generation of ornithologists, and carries out excellent project-based conservation work, including utilising local volunteers in the restoration of mangrove swamp habitat.  In The Gambia, many important forests are community-owned, and GBA are instrumental in setting up community reserves, training bird guides in the villages and enabling them to benefit from the preservation of forest habitat through well-thought-out ecotourism.

Inglorious Bustards work closely with GBA, giving project advice and consultation.  From 2019, we will be donating 10% of our profits from all our Gambia trips to supporting their high quality, objective-led work.

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The Gambia Birdwatchers Association discussing their conservation priorities and work © Inglorious Bustards

So there it is, our #FlywayPromise.  We hope you like it! We are constantly striving to find new ways to use our passion for #FlywayBirding to make the planet a better place.  Our hope is not to be different, but that others will rise to this challenge too.

  • Spanish Pyrenees Tour with the brilliant Inglorious Bustards
    Spanish Pyrenees in Winter Tour
    Drew Lyness7 Dec 2017
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    Stunning scenery, some first-class birding and a great laugh - pretty much sums up our early December trip to the Spanish Pyrenees for our group and the brilliant Inglorious Bustards! We arrived, and picked up by Simon and Nikki at Barcelona airport, and slowly travelled north-west over six days, ending our tour in Bilboa. Exploring a variety of habitats along the way including; wetlands, rocky gorges, alpine forests and snowy mountain peaks. We ended our trip on a modest 106 species, but it was certainly a case of quality over quantity. Watching majestic Lammergeiers tussling in the sky overhead, and enjoying close views of a Wallcreeper eating hummingbird hawkmoth in tiny Pyrenean village, were both undoubtedly our birding highlights of the trip. Other species included; a surprise Moustached Warbler, Alpine Choughs riding thermals in giant 'chough-nados' with their familiar red-billed cousins, Alpine Accentor feeding on pastries, and a raptor spectacular with Lammers, Griffons, Golden and Bonelli's Eagles, Red Kites, Common Buzzards, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel all in air together in the space of five minutes! Can't complain with that. A fantastic trip all round, with excellent guides, great birds and suitable accommodation at very good value. Flights were cheap from London airports, and the trip made for a unforgettable addition to my winter birding in 2017. Would be back for seconds in a heartbeat!
  • Barcelona to Bilbao - an unforgettable trip!
    Spanish Pyrenees in Winter Tour
    Douglas Mcgarvey20 Nov 0108
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    In a word: incredible! My highlights of the trip have to be the fantastic views (and photo opportunities) of dozens of Lammergeier throughout the trip along with eye-watering views of Wallcreeper from only 3 metres away - both new species to me! Our guides Simon and Nikki were incredibly accommodating and made the trip an absolute joy! Fantastic company, culture, laughs and over 100 species in only a few days - 11 out of 10 and can't wait for my next adventure with IG!
  • What an incredible week on 2 continents with amazing birds and Simon and Niki
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Pauline Hogg9 May 2019
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    I was one of a party of 18 Leeds RSPB Group members who have just returned from this trip. This was an amazing mix of seriously good birding with incredible views; lots of information about the culture, history and conservation issues of the areas we visited; superb meals with locally sourced foods; and an abundance of laughter and fun. Both main venues were located in prime bird areas and it was a joy to be woken by a dawn chorus including Nightingale and Western Bonelli's Warbler! Migration was incredible and the massive deal it is for huge raptors was really obvious watching them struggle to reach land. We had 4 vastly different boat rides (including 2 ferries) and sightings of birds and cetaceans were epic. The food was top quality and all locally sourced and the picnics were varied and delicious. Simon and Niki's birding skills and knowledge of the history, culture and conservation issues of the areas they took us to were second to none and we all came away having not only had stunning views of lots of unusual and different birds, but also having learned a lot. We will be back for more!
  • Two continents tour
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Paul Hackett1 Mar 2016
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    Had the pleasure of spending some quality time with Simon on a short trip to Tarifa for the migration and Morocco for some African birds, a few years ago, (Marsh Owl was stunning) he has a very natural and relaxed attitude, putting the clients at their ease, which I saw many times on the trip, even the boat ride out to the straits was exciting with the addition of great sightings of the long finned pilot whales, ( a lifer for me ) his knowledge of birds is exemplary, nothing is too much trouble, and he delivered all the target birds for the group, all in all, a great trip was had by everybody oh, and I managed to get some really good digiscoping pictures ! Paul Hackett - Kowa & Panasonic Digiscoping Ambassador
  • Inglorious Bustards are all over it!
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    David Lindo8 Feb 2017
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    Being guided by Niki and Simon aka Inglorious Bustards is like taking a leisurely stroll to watch wildlife with a couple of great mates who really care about you. They love what they do and love who they do it for. After my tour of Tarifa and Morocco, in which I witnessed the most amazing migration of raptors and storks heading south over the Straits, I wanted to move in with them!
  • Birds Beautiful Birds...
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    perry haines8 Sep 2017
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    Blessed with the opportunity to visit the Straits again, and witness the spectacular migration miracle, September 8th thru to the 29th 2017 have been superb. Out at sea viewing Pilot Whales and Striped Dolphins, Scoping Stone Curlew at Saline lagoons, counting in the Harriers at La Janda roost, enjoying musters of Black and White Storks, kettling in a big blue backdrop sky - Just some of the magic times shared with Niki and Simon at prime observation locations ! ''Inglorious Bustards'' eat, sleep, breathe the Natural World - All birds shared, gratefully appreciated IB's - from Wilson's Petrel and Scopoli's Shearwater to a very generous exaltation of Short Toed Lark. Over the three weeks, birdwatching has been tip top ! From sublime tranquility at La Janda, observing Montagu's Harrier quartering the paddy fields, Black Winged Kite hunting n' hovering, and Red Necked Nightjar sweeping and wheeling, in flight at dusk. To an electric atmosphere, with excitement in the air, at Cazalla and Algarobbo observation points, scanning thru thousands of the Raptor parades ''Usual Suspects '' such as Black Kite, Honey Buzzard, Egyptian Vulture, Short Toed and Booted Eagle, seeking to enjoy gems that included Ruppell's Vulture ( A total of 10 for a well pleased me ) Long-Legged Buzzard, Red Kite, Spanish Imperial, Bonelli's and Golden Eagle. A perfect way to end this trip, I stayed again at '' Inglorious Bustards HQ ''Huerta Grande'', as ever, a safe harbour, peaceful haven, a bird news hub, where the Tawny Owls serenade, insuring sweet dreams. Last day at La Janda, a Short Toed Snake Eagle, parked ( Just 20 meters ) from my truck. We shared 15 glorious minutes together, while I admired this majestic beauty thru my binoculars. And when it flew, I knew it was my cue, the time to tear myself away from this birdwatching heaven and head home, with quarrels of Spanish Sparrow in my rear view mirror.... .......'Till the next time Niki and Simon ! Hasta Luego.....
  • Birding Two Continents
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Peter Dale5 Sep 2017
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    Absolutely brilliant. Simon and Niki were great in every department - very knowledgeable guides both for the wildlife and the best places too see it, great hosts and excellent company. The accommodation on the trip was well up to standard and the food, particularly the picnics was excellent. A great trip where we had some memorable experiences, saw some great birds and cetaceans and made some good friends.
  • A glorious Choc \'n\' Pode Tour
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Tony Mills16 Jul 2017
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    This tour, led by Niki and Simon to the coastal region of mid Morocco was not only successful for birds but also very enjoyable. The atmosphere was relaxed, hotels super, (two of which were 'riads' within ancient town walls and the third a luxury modern oasis) and easy walking. The highlight for me were the Eleanora's Falcons. Seeing 20+ preening in a dead tree just after bathing in the river was amazing. Other special birds included Moussier's Redstarts, Pratincoles, Coursers, Barbary Partridges and a Royal Tern. Also just seeing great close views of "also-rans" like Black-eared Wheatears, Thekla Larks and Little Owls was wonderful. These guys are experts, they know their stuff, know the sites, and are really fun people to be with. So if you're looking for a tour to include great birds in a relaxed atmosphere with some great food, culture and banter thrown in then I would highly recommend touring with Inglorious Bustards.
  • So good I came back!
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Rosalind16 Sep 2019
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    After an amazing two days with Niki and then Simon in Spring, watching birds arrive from Africa, I brought my husband to the Straits in September for some autumn migration watching. We were lucky that Simon had a spare day between longer trips and was able to take us along with two other couples, out for a day at the beginning of our stay. It was, as with my first two days, superb. Niki and Simon are a pleasure to spend time with. and their one day trips are thoroughly recommended. We learned loads about the birds, their environment and good places to visit. The migrating birds put on an amazing display, with plenty of raptors, bee-eaters and storks. It definitely helped having someone who knew where to go, at what time, depending on the wind and the weather. Elsewhere, we saw waders, vultures and ibises. The day never felt rushed, a real 'go with the flow' approach to guiding. We had been wondering whether going out with a guide would be more like being on a 'school trip', but not with the Bustards. We covered a fair bit of ground. had some amazing views and what felt like long relaxing 'breaks' eating and drinking while the birds did their thing. Lunch was, as promised, fantastic - all locally sourced, incredibly tasty and filling - quite a banquet! If you get a chance to be guided by this amazing couple, you are very lucky. We certainly hope to be back again soon, next time we will make it onto the water to see those cetaceans!
  • A fantastic time
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Ian Powell1 Oct 2019
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    Two days birding with Niki and Simon could not have been better. They were very flexible and arranged a day specifically for me and then allowed me to join in a pre booked group. The knowledge of both of them is second to none, without them I would have seen very little and certainly would not have known what I was looking at. As it was I saw everything I was hoping for and more. It was fantastic Most importantly Niki and Simon are nice people who made me feel very welcome and made the days fun. Also they were extremely good value at either half or even a third of the price of competitors. Do not let a comparatively low price make you think the quality must be bad, nothing is further from the truth. I would not hesitate to use them again and heartily recommend them to other birders
  • Just Brilliant Birding !
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Justin Williams26 Aug 2019
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    Contacted Simon and Nikki pretty late in the day having found a slot to grab a few days with the family in Spain. Having used these guys before I was delighted that they were able to fit me in at short notice. Always friendly and happy to accommodate specific requests where at all possible, we birded the Straits of Gibraltar for the day First taking in the spectacle of the raptor migration back to Africa with literally thousands of Black Kites and dozens of Honey Buzzards Short-toed and Booted Eagles as well as endangered Egyptian Vultures and my target species Montagus Harrier, we moved on to mountain and wetland habitats where, with Simon and Nikkis excellent local knowledge and expert guidance I was lucky enough to get to see even more amazing birds. Stand out species included Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Red-necked Nightjar, Bee-eaters galore, Roller, Hoopoe, more Montys and even a distant view of a Spanish Imperial Eagle. So another brilliant days birding with Simon and Nikki, great knowledge, great company and great birds - I couldn't recommend them enough!
  • Mega day tour
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Jeff21 Aug 2019
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    I was amazed at the quantity of migrating raptors we were witness to even in adverse wind conditions - Simon and Niki gave me a new love for Black Kites - they really are mental migrants! Egyptian Vultures, Griffon Vultures, Black Kites (prob close a thousand), Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Montagu's Harriers and hundreds of migrating European Bee-eaters. Yet we were also given the reality of the situation and were introduced to the conservation partner of Inglorious Bustards - foundation Migres, I was impressed by their ongoing monitoring and the protection of migrating birds, clearly more needs to be done but this was a great starting point and I'm glad in some small way our day tour not only enabled us to witness this magical natural event but also raise the issues surrounding the conservation of the flyways. Great tour, great conservation work and fabulous guides!
  • Super day tour !
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Katy and Jeff21 Aug 2019
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    We were taken to some of the best places to see the migration of raptors including squadrons of Black Kites, Honey Buzzards, Montagu's Harriers and more, if that wasn't enough we were taken to a Griffon Vulture colony where we witnessed them coming to roost as Egyptian Vultures cruised in and over 200 Black Kites filled the gaps. All of this was conducted with professionalism and conscious actions to the environment - we were introduced to their conservation partners at Foundation Migres and their vital work and were glad that by travelling with the Inglorious Bustards we were directly contributing to this vital conservation work and monitoring.
  • Solo traveller returns
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Gary Mantle1 Apr 2017
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
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    Conservation
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    Value
    Being guided was like being out with a friend. I never felt rushed and yet we packed in an incredible amount. Succesdgul birding in the Straits is all about the wind and adkustong plans on the day. In this, they excel ensuring that you have the best experience. I asked lots of basic questions but never felt stupid. Or embarrassed by my lack of knowledge. I loved the passion and enthusiasm they showed and was moved by the grateful welcome they showed to the migrant birds. Being guided by them was much more than than a simple transaction and more a sharing of a mutual pleasure. As a result of spending time together my first experience of birding in the Straits was so much better than if I had tried to go it alone - indeed I doubt if I would have seen a fraction of what we experienced together. Without hesitation I thoroughly recommend.
  • Glorious day\'s birding with Nikki & Simon
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Barbara Shelton4 Oct 2018
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
    Location
    Value
    Nikki & Simon waved a magic wand and made our wish list come true! With 80 species in one day, many of them lifers for me, it was an incredible day that will live long in the memory. Such skill, knowledge and friendliness, and a great lunch too. Not only did we achieve our target birds, we had some unexpected bonuses such as Northern Bald Ibis and Black-crowned Night Heron, not to mention Stone Curlew. A stunning day all round - muchas gracias!
  • Glorious bustards !!
    Strait Birding & Cetaceans
    Dan McGibbon3 Feb 2017
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
    Location
    Value
    Amazing birds, people, location, food and atmosphere. Well worth going on any tour with these folk; can't express in words how good they are !!!!
  • Swift Weekender
    Swift Weekender Tour
    John Headon13 Jul 2018
    4.83
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
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    Value
    An excellent trip, made all the better by Simon and Niki's friendliness, consideration, thoroughness, skill and persistence! The latter was very important as it allowed me to see quite a few species I might otherwise have missed (lesson hopefully learnt!). I could not have asked for more in the way of being looked after, cossetted even! Thank you - it was brilliant.
  • First time to the area
    Swift Weekender Tour
    Gary Mantle5 Apr 2017
    5
    Tours
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    Guides
    Conservation
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    Value
    Fabulous time with Niki & Simon exploring a range of different habitats and birds. I was asked if there were any species I was particularly keen to see and they made every effort to rise to the challenge. They were good company, well informed and expert making the two days guiding a real pleasure. Highly recommended.
  • Brilliant birding
    Swift Weekender Tour
    Lynne Dale4 Sep 2017
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
    Location
    Value
    A fantastic Wildlife experience led by enthusiastic, knowledgeable leaders Simon and Niki. The pace of the holiday was relaxed but we missed nothing. Simon and Niki knew exactly where the birds were and were extremely adaptable reacting to changes in the weather as necessary. Accommodation and food were excellent enhancing the experience of birding on 2 Continents.
  • Some of the best birding I\'ve had.
    Doñana Delights Tour
    Jake Gearty2 Feb 2017
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
    Location
    Value
    I honestly mean it when I say I had some of the most enjoyable birding with the bustards. The guides are not only fantastic birders but also fantastic people. Saw all the birders I wanted to see but also really enjoyed myself. All round a fantastic place and would throughly recommend them to anyone.
  • Complete BUSTARDS
    Doñana Delights Tour
    Jason Mitchell3 Feb 2017
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
    Location
    Value
    They are!!! That means to say they're the complete package; the 5-stars says it all.....passionate, knowledgeable and above all FUN :)
  • Inglorious Bustards: the best kind of excitement and fun
    Strait Birding and Cetaceans Tour
    Barbara Kossy11 Oct 2018
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
    Location
    Value
    Niki and Simon were just the best sort of wildlife and birding guides: personable, smart, fun, and they know where all the good stuff is. They know how to keep a group comfortable and be in the right place at the right time. Not only did I see 150 species of birds in 6 days, I also discovered some charming small towns, and had memorable meals and conversation.
  • Birds and fun touring together!
    Strait Birding and Cetaceans Tour
    Maria Aguilar2 Feb 2017
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
    Location
    Value
    The best tour I've ever had! Experienced leaders, stunning places, wonderful picnic and an overwhelming amount of birds I could never forget. They probably have the best combination of knowledge and people skills to show you one of the most beautiful and biodiverse places in Spain.
  • Vultures and Specialities
    Unknown Vulture Spectacle Tour
    Wader World30 Jun 2017
    5
    Tours
    Wildlife
    Guides
    Conservation
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    Value
    Simon & Niki are a joy to be with, they are warm, friendly , helpful and welcoming throughout. They made this tour an thouroghly enjoyable experience and can't be faulted. I have seen many Vultures at many sites but nothing allowed such good views or photographic opportunities as this trip. If you do fancy some "up close & personal" time and or photographic opportunites with Vultures then I can't think of any other better choice than to join a day or 3 with the Inglorious Bustards team, highly recomended
  • Rapturous Raptor Watching October 2016
    Unknown Vulture Spectacle Tour
    perry haines14 Oct 2016
    5
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    Guides
    Conservation
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    Value
    ' Rapturous Raptor Watching October 2016 ' Birdwatching across the Straits in September 2016, was tip top, witnessing the fabulous Autumn migration flight path spectacle, with raptors galore in the air. It was at this time, ' The Inglorious Bustards ' Simon and Niki recommended that October is fantastic too, in particular featuring thousands of Vultures, taking their turn to make the epic voyage from Europe to Africa. Hungry for a second helping of such wonderful birding, we did indeed return to the ever hospitable Huerta Grande, in October, arriving on the 14th and staying until the 24th. Wow............ We were not disappointed, the good advice was spot on, the raptors passed overhead in great aerial armadas. A particularly memorable moment was spent with a magnificent Greater Spotted Eagle, that flew overhead on the 16th. Best day for us ? The 22nd, when 'panning' thru the many, many kettles of Griffin Vultures, we were rewarded with two Ruppell's Vultures and a Black Vulture. Over the time, we were treated to both quality and quantity of terrific birds, that also included: Short Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Golden Eagle , Black Kite, Hobby, Montagu's Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Egyptian Vulture, and much more.... Not forgetting magical musters of White stork and Black Stork too. Many, many thousands of birds doing what comes naturally - Beautiful ! 'The Inglorious Bustards' truly do ''know their stuff'' ! Many thanks for all the good tips and knowledge shared, with some epic days birding !!!
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