This unique bird watching experience offers the chance to see all the birds you will wish to see on Santiago Island, and perhaps a few more besides, as the guides know places where rare vagrants may show up. Of course the endemics are the highlights: Cape Verde Buzzard (Buteso bannermanni), Cape Verde Warbler (Acrocephalos brevipennis), Alexander‘s Swift (Apus alexandri) and Jago Sparrow (passer iagoensis). Special desert birds include Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius exsuls), Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) and Black-crowned Sparrowlark (Eremopterix nigriceps).
At the reservoir in Ribeira Secca there might be up to 10 different herons: the endemic Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea bournei), plus Grey, Great White, Little White, Cattle Egret, Squacco, Night, Western Reef. Black Heron (Hydranassa ardesiaca) and Intermediate Heron (Egretta intermedia) are vagrants from Western Africa. Waders include stilts, plovers, sandpipers (sometimes an American spotted one!), snipes, whimbrels, and turnstones. If you have time enough wait until nightfall: the Barn Owl and the rare Little Shearwater (Puffinus boydi) might reward you!
The guide will pick you up at the hotel or ship and will care for drinks and food. Austrian geographer and nature photographer, Dr. Herbert Bödendorfer has trained the guides so you are in good hands. The vehicle will be an open Hilux, which offers good visibility. Wear good shoes, a sun-hat and take a windbreaker and or shawl.