The group of eight from Oxford RSPB Members Group became ‘ wing-spanners’ for seven days as they
arrived in bright sunshine on the beautiful island of Lesvos to join me, Bob Buckler of Wingspan Bird Tours
for a fabulous week-long bird-watching holiday. We packed the luggage onto the bus with the minimum of
fuss and set off for Skala Kalloni in the centre of the island, we arrived within the hour and checked into the
Pasiphae Hotel which was to be our base for the next seven nights. After a short settling in period we set off
for our first birding excursion, which was to be the salt pans adjacent to Kalloni.
The late afternoon light was superb and so were the birds, within minutes we were watching a good selection
of waders; Kentish Plovers, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Avocet, Greenshank,
Spotted Redshank and a single Marsh Sandpiper, most of which were passing migrants. A pair of Stone
Curlews appeared, they looked as if they changed places on a nest located on a grassy embankment, and next
a stunning Black-headed Bunting distracted us as it perched on a nearby fence-post.
We had 15 glorious days of fun, laughter and, of course, some excellent birding. The weather was very kind to us as we had no rain, only very light showers and one late afternoon downpour. There are a whole string of highlights that I co...View Report
It was another successful tour of this magical and bird-rich island, we saw all of the 34 endemic species of birds in our total of 248 species. We also saw over 50 species of butterflies, 21 mammals and a dozen or so reptiles. This beaut...View Report
This was a triumphant return to the Gambia for WINGSPAN BIRD TOURS after an absence of two years. We had a marvellous group made up of four Americans and four British participants, all equally enthusiastic and anxious to find as many spe...View Report