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Birding Ecosse

Forres, United Kingdom
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Half day and full day bird watching tours throughout the Highlands of Scotland. Transport and tour guide provided for all trips. Cost vary however a guide would be £60 for half day and £100 for a full day tour. We look forward to meeting you!
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Nicholas M wrote a review Jun 2021
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As soon as Dave arrived to pick my wife and me up for the day with a broad grin, a pack of Tunnocks and a comment on the glorious Scottish weather (it was late May, 7 degrees and drizzling), I knew we were going to get on just fine. Just as long as we see a Crested Tit, I told him, your fee is safe. But Dave is not one for making rash promises. ‘You’re here at the worst possible time to see Crested Tits,’ he told me. ‘They’re either inside a nest hole or foraging high up in the pine canopy.’ Despite the atrocious weather we had a grand day out with him and notched up some 55 species, including gorgeous Black-throated Divers and Slavonian Grebes and even a brief glimpse of a Golden Eagle, long enough to establish it was no ‘tourist eagle’. Dave was an excellent and informative guide and kept us in high good humour throughout. Even though he was right about the Crested Tits.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Maureen G wrote a review Dec 2019
York, United Kingdom72 contributions24 helpful votes
If you want to enjoy a really good day out with a guide who is not only very knowledgeable,good at explaining bird identification but great fun.A maximum of four people only are taken out in a comfortable roomy vehicle.You are given hot drinks and cakes during the day.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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_emckeefe wrote a review Sep 2019
Sarasota, Florida10 contributions23 helpful votes
First morning on North Uist, headed south to Eriskay, within minutes we had a long look at a nearby Short-eared Owl soaring over fields and directly over our heads. For the next three days we were stalked by SE Owls. From Lochboisdale to the Berneray Causeway, we had so many sightings we lost track in double digits. And these were extended, leisurely fly-bys and fly-overs. Once the owl was accompanied by a male Hen Harrier. This was my second trip to the Uists with David Slater and Birding Ecosse. I now better understand why David names the Uists as one of his preferred birding destinations. Stunning white sand beaches with turquoise water yielded cooperative and numerous shorebirds. Fifteen waders one day including my favorite Grey Plover and the slender and lovely Ruff. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Our route from Grantown-on-Spey to the ferry at Uig included a side trip to the Sleat Peninsula on Skye. We stopped at Ord, waterside birding, the Cullins in the distance, while barista David made tea and coffee within his well-equipped vehicle, fondly known as The Flying Pig. Lunch al fresco while picking up Eider, Grey Heron, Gannet. Also Stonechat and Wheatear. Waiting for the ferry, in the hills above Uig, a Golden Eagle flew right at us from a ridge line. As he circled above, another appeared and joined the display. Then a third appeared. For five minutes we got looks close enough to determine that the third was an older bird with scruffy wing feathers and a wounded foot. Evening ferry to Lochmaddy, after dinner pelagic birding included Arctic and Great Skuas, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel and dolphins. Off the ferry as light faded and returned to the comforts of the Temple View Hotel in Carinish. How could it get any better? The reliable Short-eared Owls were our totem for this visit. The beaches at low tide featured wall-to-wall waders and gulls and terns. Finches, thrushes, a Corn Bunting, swans and various ducks added to our fun. David knows the Uists well. When he ventures down single-track roads along the coast and into the hills we are all on alert knowing that there's a good reason he slowed down. Greenfinch? Twite? Short-eared Owl? Once back in Grantown we had another day out in the Cairngorms. Since my first Highlands birding in 2016, never got a Dipper. David took us to the lovely gurgling Divie River, no Dipper but Long-tailed Tit and various cousins. Aptly named Dipper Bridge in the Strathdearn Valley presented my elusive Dipper. Yay. At Lochendorb, a preening Black-throated Diver came close to our viewing spot affording great looks. Avielochan gave us a Slavonian Grebe chick, many Golden-eyes and the always busy Little Grebe. All of this is great fun and accompanied by good humored commentary. When you are confined to a car (even the Flying Pig) for long spells, it is important that our birding obsession be leavened a bit. David will find a way to make even the most ardent birder relax and enjoy the process. Birding Ecosse takes care of everything. You get yourself to the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown. Next morning collect your bag lunch and hit the road. Somehow there's room in the car for cakes and fresh fruit and cold drinks along with coffee and tea. If you are overnighting at another location, David includes that too. And meals. So, really, all you have to do is show up with your binoculars. My first contact with Birding Ecosse was in 2016. Since then, dozens of days trips, two extended stays in the Uists and a week in Andalusia last year. Plans are underway for next year and for 2021. I cannot give a better recommendation than that.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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paige m wrote a review Sep 2019
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The best birding, the best landscapes, the best companionship! Dave is special. He is an expert in birding and wildlife but beyond that his observational skills include getting to know and understand the interests and needs of those lucky enough to have him as a guide. My husband has mobility challenges and Dave was attentive and responsive to his needs without making a "fuss" . He made sure our son got to see asmany birds as possible all the while telling stories and sharing jokes that made us laugh so hard we cried! Don't miss out! Meet Dave and see places and birds you would never see on your own while having the time of your life! All smiles!! We will be back (that is if he will tolerate us again!)
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Victoria G wrote a review Aug 2019
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A fantastic day of birding with Dave. He is an excellent guide who introduced us to new places to visit, gave us a wide variety of habitats within just one day and showed us beautiful countryside. His passion for birding is apparent and infectious. We saw a number of new species of bird. In particular, we had wanted to see a Great Crested Tit which Dave found for us on our first stop!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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