Birdwatching or birding is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds.
The bst time is during the dry season. June may also be a good option with fewer tourists and lower rates.
The dry season last from Dec. until April/May. Anyway this is one of the wettest regions in the world with 7 liters of rain each year. The climate is humid tropical. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.
The gannets start nesting in August and stay latest until April when the chicks are fledging.
- The mating rituals are spectacular to observe and occur at the beginning of the nesting season.
- The breeding population reaches the peak in November.
- In summer; around December to February, you can watch how the chicks get fed.
- In March/April, the juveniles leave the nest.
- Late autumn and beginning of winter; from May until July; most of the gannets migrate to Australia.
The summertime is the peak season from December to March. Weekends are more crowded due to beach visitors and surfers. Limited parking, therefore, visit the colony either early in the morning or late afternoon at weekends; mid-week and spring are less busy. More crowded on sunny days and very few visitors during cold, rough days.
Warmest months are in the summer from December until March often with pleasant temperatures around 20 °C at daytime and 10-12°C in the night. The coldest months are in the winter from June to August, but it's not freezing. Most precipitation in winter but it already starts in May with the peak in July. Driest months are during the summer from November to February/March. The best months for swimming at Muriwai Beach are January until March, but the sea temperature is still lower than 20 °C.
Be prepared for the windswept coastline and bring a warm jacket. If you are downwind, you experience the penetrating smell of gannet poo.
It is always said the morning is the best time of the day but we were very successful in the afternoon until the evening. The most important thing is being patient and quiet.
Crowds and Weather:
Expect more visitors in summer from December until February and during weekends. March is a good month still warm, less crowded and a bath in the sea is possible. Most precipitation in winter.
September until December one hour before dusk wait at Murrays Beach and you may spot groups of little penguins swimming back to Bowen Island for feeding.
The island is a successful breeding colony with roughly 5.000 breeding pairs. Winter (June to August): Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are more common in winter due to the mild climate. Black-browed albatross and gannets can be spotted from the cliffs more often in winter. You see the silvereye in large flocks and a migratory silvereye from Tasmania with reddish sides. The tawny frogmouth can be spotted in the night.
The breeding season is from November to July. Nesting time is the 'only' time they spend on land which is roughly 290 days each year. The hike is eroded. Be careful when hiking along the trail. Carry enough water; it's often pretty sunny and hot without any shelter.
The drier season is from May until October. The north and east coast get more rain than south and west which is the leeward side. Even in winter, in the 'rainy' season from November to March you don't have to worry: Mostly showers are short and the sun returns quickly to the western part.
Low season in spring between mid-April and mid-June as well as in fall from September to November. Busier during the "Golden Week" in Japan end of April until the beginning of May. Busy and increasing rates in summer, during Christmas, New Year's Eve and on Independence Day.
The oilbirds are nocturnal, and at daytime, the birds rest in the cave.
Best months for Trinidad and the hike to the cave are January to May and September. Rain can always occur in Trinidad. The trail to the cave can be muddy even in the dry season but worth to do.
Helgoland is a fantastic year-round destination with stunning wildlife to view. However, there are some very special months:
During the bird migrations in spring and fall it turns into a birdwatcher’s paradise with an average of 250 bird species.
Mid-June until early-July for about 2 weeks: The event is amazing and called ‘Lumensprung’. In the late afternoon the adult guillemot are attracting their youngsters to jump into the ocean from a 40m+ height. The exact time in June can be predicted each year from April on.
November/December until January: Horsehead Seals give birth to their young, which is just spectacular: Heligoland Seals
Stay past 4 PM / overnight. Even during summer it thins out after 4 PM as the crowds of daytime visitors are gone. This way you can experience the real magic of this beautiful island. Stay at least 2-3 days and book a hotel or a B&B.
The weather is influenced by the Gulf Stream. Bright, not too hot summers and mild winters. In November/December it’s actually the warmest place in Germany. However, in some winters there is even a chance of snow. The quieter months in terms of tourist crowds are November/December until April.