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Hawk Mountain and Raptours LCC: Premier Eco-Tours

The global touring company Raptours, L.C.C. and Hawk Mountain have partnerned to bring the very best birding excursions focused exclusively on raptors. Each tour is designed to connect you with spectacular concentrations of birds of prey and/or a large variety of species, including those rarely seen.

Raptours donates to Hawk Mountain 15% of profits for every tour booked by a Sanctuary member. Why? Because today Raptours is owned and operated by Hawk Mountain trainee graduate Sergio Seipke. He believes the partnership provides him the opportunity to give back to an organization that has meant—and still means—so much to him.

Please browse the tour offerings below, visit the Raptours website, or contact Sergio at raptours@hotmail.com

2019 Strait of Gibraltar Raptor & Culture Tour

La Janda is one of the finest places to go watch birds in the Strait of Gibraltar area.

March 17-25


Cost: $3,150 (includes hotels, meals, ground transportation, entry/guide fees)
Tour leaders: Javi Elorriaga and Sean Grace, Hawk Mountain President

The Strait of Gibraltar is one of the best spring raptor-watching destinations in the Old World. Impressive numbers of raptors crossing the Strait, returning from Africa onto Europe to breed, need to overcome the 9-mile long water crossing. As thermal currents develop only weekly over water, soaring raptors lose altitude as they progress across the Strait. By the time they reach the European shores they can be flapping a few feet above the waves. As a result of this, a larger proportion of birds are seen flying lower, even below eye-level, and a lot closer than in autumn affording great looks and photo ops. 

Tarifa, the base to explore the Strait of Gibraltar, is the flagship city in the Strait of Gibraltar and the southernmost village on the continent. Participants will also visit the city of Ronda, Gibraltar, and the Roman archaeological site of Baelo Claudia, among others.

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2019 Pronatura-Veracruz River of Raptors Hawk-Watching Excursion

October 4-12 Main Tour
October 1-4 Pre-tour Eagle Extension


Cost: $2,900 
(includes hotels, meals, ground transportation, entry/guide fees)
Extension Cost: $1,050
Tour leader: 
Zach Smith, former River of Raptors counter 

Veracruz River of Raptors is the world's most concentrated raptor migration with 4.5 millon hawks counted annually. This tour is timed to be there for peak of Broad-winged Hawk migration, when daily raptor counts may number as high as 200,000!

Enjoy the hawkwatching experience of a lifetime at the world-famous River of Raptors Watchsite, operated by our conservation partners at Pronatura Veracruz. Hawk Mountain's long-standing relationship with our conservation colleagues here ensures absolute attention to detail on this tour, and the ability to take advantage of the very best birding available. 

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2019 Panama Raptor Tour

October 20-28 Main Tour
October 28-31 Extension to Darien


Cost: $3,690 
(includes hotels, meals, ground transportation, entry/guide fees)
Extension Cost: $990
Tour leaders: 
Zach Smith, former River of Raptors counter, and Sean Grace, Hawk Mountain President

Few places in the world are so privileged a raptor destination as this relatively small country. Just a tad smaller than North Carolina, Panama boasts an impressive 55 species of diurnal birds of prey, and about 90% of them can be observed within a couple of hours’ drive from Panama City!

he Isthmus of Panama is the narrowest point of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a natural land bridge for migratory species on their yearly roundtrip journey between North, and South America. Raptor migration through Panama is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles of the Americas.

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