Join us for this fantastic, new, ten-day Venture to the world-famous migration hotspots of Falsterbo and Ottenby in southern Sweden. The sheer natural energy of these charming peninsulas during fall creates an atmosphere of excitement and expectation. An estimated 500 million birds funnel through these areas each autumn making them arguably two of the best migration sites in Europe. The seemingly endless stream of passage migrants makes this a must see for ‘migration enthusiasts’ everywhere, or for anyone who wishes to increase their overall experience with European species and is a great opportunity for any nature photographer.
We begin our trip in Falsterbo where raptors are our main focus. The entire peninsula acts as a bottleneck for many birds leaving Scandinavia for wintering grounds much further south, including buzzards, harriers, kites, eagles, hawks, and falcons, depending on timing. Thousands of birds can be observed moving south in a single day, and the experience of spending a leisurely few days photographing or studying multiple raptor species just overhead, is one to savor. During the second half of the trip, we’ll head up the Baltic coast for more visible migration and spend a few days on the beautiful island of Öland (pronounced er-land), with the Ottenby World Heritage site at the extreme southern tip being the principal birding destination. Ottenby’s location at the southern tip of Sweden's second largest coastal island means that migrants heading south get funneled, and then bottleneck before having to cross back to the mainland. During favorable conditions, bird concentrations are exceptionally high and the area is often an exciting place to explore as it fills with countless passerines including redstarts, pipits, warblers, shrikes, chats, and wagtails.
The landscapes of Falsterbo and Ottenby are varied, offering unique coastal habitats including deciduous woodland, marshes, reedbeds, tidal lagoons, heathland, arable field systems, gardens and even a couple of golf courses. You don't have to go far to see some beautiful birds as the vegetation around both observatory gardens are some of the most sheltered, food-rich places on the peninsulas.
Whatever your interest or level, join us as we experience that utterly awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that is bird migration!
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Barnacle Goose, Ruddy & Common Shelducks, Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon, Ferruginous & Tufted Ducks, King & Common Eiders, Smew, Common Quail, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Common Crane, Pied Avocet, European Golden-Plover, Kentish, Common Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Eurasian Dotterel, Eurasian Curlew, Bar-tailed & Black-tailed Godwits, Red Knot, Ruff, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Purple Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Little, Mediterranean, Mew, Yellow-legged, & Caspian Gulls, Black, White-winged, and Arctic Terns; Arctic Loon, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Northern Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Great Cormorant, Great Bittern, Golden Eagle, Pallid & Montagu’s Harriers, Northern Goshawk, Red & Black Kites, White-tailed Eagle, Tawny, Long-eared, and Short-eared Owls, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Green & Black Woodpeckers, Red-footed Falcon, Eurasian Golden-Oriole, Red-backed & Lesser Gray Shrikes, Eurasian Nutcracker, Bearded Reedling, Icterine, Sedge, Blyth’s Reed, River & Savi’s Warblers, Lesser & Greater Whitethroats, Ring Ouzel, Bluethroat, Red-breasted, Collared, European Pied Flycatchers, Common & Black Redstarts, and many others.