Here's a personal review in pictures of this year's travel with friends and family both to Little Oak Group birding and nature conservation projects HERE and some jollies to do a bit of World and WP ticking.
A family holiday (4 WP and World ticks)
Juvenile/first-winter Allen's Gallinule
Adult Dwarf Bittern
Canary Island Stonechat
'Canary Island ' Houbara Bustard (More on Fuerteventura endemics HERE)
A visit to the Manso Nkwanto region to set up an ebird hotspot and look into establishing a recording project for birds, moths and butterflies and to investigate the possibility of purchasing a small forest reserve.
Black Dwarf Hornbill
Family holiday (3 WP/World ticks)
World listing trip: We had 476 species of which about 200 were world lifers TRIP REPORT HERE
African Grey Parrot
Our Birding Group
THE AZORES NATURAL HISTORY TRIP (JUNE) AND THE BIRDER'S PELAGIC (SEPTEMBER) 2019
I was away for both of these this year so both trips were led by Vincent Legrand. More on this HERE
Band-rumped Storm Petrel (Presumed Grant's). Both Monteiro's and 'Grant's' Storm-Petrel can be found on the birder's pelagic.
Sowerby's Beaked Whales
Azores Pelagic Birders 2019
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER- EURO ROAD TRIP TO THE BALKAN ECOLOGY PROJECT
As alternative modes of transport (to flying) was a theme of 2019 we drove in our camper van to Bulgaria. We put on offer in for a small 2000m2 piece of land where we plan to build a bird/moth recording observatory and develop some habitat , did some recording and visited the main Balkan Ecology Project (of which the Black Sea project is a satellite) in Shipka HERE.
Male Pied Wheatear
First-winter Citrine Wagtail
First-winter Black-headed Bunting
Found this Terek Sandpiper - a Bulgarian rarity
Jersey Black Arches
OCTOBER- CORVO 2019
Did a week on Corvo (a birding community founded by Little Oak Group)
Hermit Thrush-a WP lifer
We published the 2016 Azores Rare and Scarce Bird Report just in time for the Corvo season