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Birding Chukotka

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The Chukotka region of Russia is almost completely unknown to the outside world and the few expeditions that have traveled here have reported some amazing habitats including tundra, braided rivers, estuaries, lagoons and wetlands, plus a number of spectacular seabird breeding islands. Chukotka is home to the highest number of bird species in the whole of the Eurasian Arctic and there are more wader species breeding here than anywhere else in the world. This special expedition visits a wide range of habitats, with many landings and ‘at sea’ opportunities. Participants are amongst the first ‘birders’ and ornithologists to land at some of these sites and the information obtained on the species seen, their abundance, and breeding status adds important data in their conservation and management. This expedition is ‘birding’ at its very best and you are joined by a world class team of birders, ornithologists and leaders.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Anadyr
Day 2 : At Sea, Gulf of Anadyr
Day 3 : Penkigeny Fiord and Getlyanen Lagoon
Day 4 : Ratmanova Island and Pelagic Birding
Day 5 : Neskan lagoon
Day 6 : Belyaka Spit and Kolyuchin Inlet
Day 7 : Kolyuchin Island and At Sea
Day 8 : At Sea, Mechigmen Spit and Nuneangan Island
Day 9 : At Sea and Pelagic Birding
Day 10 : Egvekinot
Day 11 : Meechkyn Spit and At Sea
Day 12 : Disembark in Anadyr

Highlights

  • Tour Chukotka, with the highest number of bird spp. in the Eurasian Arctic
  • Visit a wide range of habitats, with many landings and at sea opportunities
  • Join a world class team of birders, ornithologists, and leaders
  • Be amongst the first ‘birders’ to land at some of these sites

Ship

Spirit of Enderby

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

There is a wide variety of bird species along the Kamchatka coast Zodiac cruises are surrounded by a flock of Auklets Horned Puffins look out onto the sea Rookeries line the coast of the Chukotka Peninsula A Ptarmigan pokes its head out of the Arctic wildflowers

Day 1 Embark in Anadyr

Arrive in Anadyr and transfer to the ship. Be on deck as you depart as there is some great habitat with the possibility of Sabine’s gull and Aleutian tern.

Day 2 At Sea, Gulf of Anadyr

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Gulf of Anadyr should be an ideal opportunity to look for an interesting selection of seabirds. Key species could include short-tailed shearwater, red-throated and Pacific divers, common eider, long-tailed and harlequin ducks, northern fulmar, Arctic, long-tailed and pomarine skuas, glaucous-winged and Vega gulls, and with a bit of luck Kittlitz’s and ancient murrelets and fork-tailed storm-petrel.

Day 3 Penkigeny Fiord and Getlyanen Lagoon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Penkigeny Fiord is renowned for its rich flora and as a result, is a great place to look for passerines including bluethroat, grey-cheeked thrush, common and Arctic redpolls, red-throated and buff-bellied pipit, Siberian rubythroat and Lapland and snow buntings. Out on the tundra, search for peregrine falcon, Pacific golden plover, red-necked stint, Baird’s sandpiper, grey-tailed tattler, and sandhill crane. A number of vagrants from Alaska have also been recorded here including savannah, fox and American tree sparrows. At Getlyanen Lagoon have an opportunity to land and explore the habitat where there is potentially some great birding (see species list from Mechigmen Spit, Day 8, as these two locations are close together and have similar habitats).

Day 4 Ratmanova Island and Pelagic Birding

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ratmanova is strategically important to Russia and there has been a Border Guard base here for many years and, as a result, landings are not permitted, so very little is known about the island’s fauna. What is known comes from several coastal Zodiac cruises (which are generally allowed) and the island has some of the largest seabird colonies in Chukotka with good numbers of tufted and horned puffins, common and Brunnich’s guillemots, as well as crested, parakeet, and least auklets.

Day 5 Neskan lagoon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This lagoon is typical of much of the northern coast of Chukotka and is renowned for the abundance of birdlife. It is, for example, one of the few places in the Palearctic where both western and least sandpipers have been recorded breeding and there are reports of American golden plover and semipalmated plover nesting here too. Both black turnstone and hermit thrush have also been seen, with these being the only Russian records of both these species. Neskan Lagoon is likely to be your best opportunity to find the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper. Six pairs were recorded breeding here in 2002 but since then no ornithologists have visited, so nobody knows if they are still present.

Day 6 Belyaka Spit and Kolyuchin Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The habitat on Belyaka Spit is not dissimilar to Neskan Lagoon, but this site is much better known as Russian Ornithologists have worked here on a regular basis. Species which have been recorded include rock sandpiper, Temminck’s stint, red-necked stint, pectoral sandpiper, dunlin, ruddy turnstone, common ringed plover, red-necked phalarope, red (or grey) phalarope, western sandpiper, long-billed dowitcher, emperor goose, common eider, long-tailed duck, tundra swan, white-billed (or yellow-billed) diver, red-throated diver, and Pacific diver. There are non-breeding records of a number of other species including king eider, Steller’s eider, white-fronted goose, red-breasted merganser, northern pintail, northern shoveler, and Brent goose.

Day 7 Kolyuchin Island and At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the bird cliffs at the western end of the island it is possible to get magnificent views and photographs of puffins (both species), guillemots, kittiwakes and pelagic cormorants as they come and go from their nests. The beauty of this site is that you are on the same level as many of the birds.

Day 8 At Sea, Mechigmen Spit and Nuneangan Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There is some good birding around this area and on a previous visit in 2013, the species found included white-billed, black-throated, Pacific and red-throated divers, tundra and trumpeter swans, white-fronted, Brent and emperor geese, pintail, Eurasian wigeon, greater scaup, common, king and spectacled eiders, harlequin duck, long-tailed duck, white-winged scoter, goosander, red-breasted merganser, common ringed plover, Pacific golden plover, grey plover, dunlin, red knot, rock sandpiper, red-necked stint, western sandpiper, Temminck’s stint, ruddy turnstone, red-necked phalarope, Arctic and long-tailed skuas, glaucous and Vega gulls, Arctic tern, Kittlitz’s murrelet, crested auklet, and buff-bellied pipit. During a Zodiac cruise around Nuneangan Island this evening, hope to see horned and tufted puffins, Brunnich’s, common, black and pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorant, and black-legged kittiwake.

Day 9 At Sea and Pelagic Birding

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your course takes you reasonably close inshore, so you should get good views of a range of auk species, including the endangered Kittlitz’s murrelet.

Day 10 Egvekinot

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit some inland habitats including wetlands, lakes and braided rivers. Asian rosy finches breed in this area and other possible species include rough-legged buzzard, sandhill crane, peregrine falcon, Temminck’s and red-necked stints, red-throated and buff-bellied pipits, great knot, grey-tailed tattler, Mongolian plover, common ringed plover, and snow and Lapland buntings.

Day 11 Meechkyn Spit and At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sightings could include Brent, bean, white-fronted and emperor geese, all four species of divers, sandhill crane, tundra swan, pintail, long-tailed duck, dunlin, red-necked stint, red-necked and red phalaropes, ruddy turnstone, grey plover, pectoral sandpiper, Vega gull, Arctic and Aleutian tern, and Lapland bunting.

Day 12 Disembark in Anadyr

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise finishes with transfers to town and/or airport.

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Notes

- Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.

Circumstances may be encountered during your voyage which make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. These circumstances include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed during the voyage.

Cruise fare includes:
- Pre/Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodations and meals
- All expedition shore excursions

Cruise fare does not include:
- Government landing fees
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, and gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Travel insurance

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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