Dominic Rollinson

Read the blog article 'Getting to Know our Guides - Dominic Rollinson'

Senior Birding Guide and Administrative Assistant

Dom grew up in Zululand in northeastern South Africa, where his passion for birding began at a young age. Soon birding the savannas and forests of Zululand was not enough, and family trips were organized to obscure birding destinations throughout the southern African subregion, from the Cape to Malawi.

In 2012 Dom moved down to Cape Town, where he undertook a PhD under Peter Ryan and Ross Wanless, investigating seabird mortality from tuna longline fisheries off South Africa. He took the scenic route to obtain his PhD, which involved spending many months onboard longline fishing vessels while conducting research as well as scientific excursions to many subantarctic islands and Antarctica itself. The results of his PhD dissertation have shed more light on the foraging ecology of seabird species susceptible to longline bycatch and, most importantly, what precautionary measures can be taken by fisheries to reduce seabird bycatch. His time at sea allowed him to tick many of the subregion’s and Southern Ocean’s spectacular seabird species.

Dom really enjoys the competitive side of birding and is a self-confessed lister. Big Birding Days up in Zululand are always the most anticipated days of the year for him, while driving hundreds of kilometers to see a rare bird does not seem crazy at all.

He is looking forward to the many exciting opportunities and destinations which will be opened up by working for Birding Ecotours.

Join Dom on the following upcoming tours:

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula December 2018

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula December 2018

August 1, 2017

Birding Tour Gabon: 14-day Birding Adventure February 2019

Birding Tour Gabon: 14-day Birding Adventure February 2019

June 5, 2018

Birding Tour São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure February 2019

Birding Tour São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure February 2019

July 29, 2017

Birding Tour Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia March 2019

Birding Tour Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia March 2019

April 22, 2017

Birding Tour Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2019

Birding Tour Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2019

April 24, 2017

Birding Tour South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2019

Birding Tour South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2019

June 20, 2018

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2019

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2019

December 1, 2016

Birding Tour Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2019

Birding Tour Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2019

November 30, 2016

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula January 2020

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula January 2020

June 8, 2018

Birding Tour Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2020

Birding Tour Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2020

June 25, 2018

Birding Tour São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure February 2020

Birding Tour São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure February 2020

June 25, 2018

Birding Tour Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia March 2020

Birding Tour Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia March 2020

June 30, 2018

Birding Tour Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2020

Birding Tour Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2020

June 18, 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2020

Birding Tour South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2020

August 31, 2018

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2020

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2020

September 1, 2018

Birding Tour Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to Puna October 2020

Birding Tour Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to Puna October 2020

September 2, 2018

Birding Tour Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2020

Birding Tour Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2020

September 3, 2018

Read Dom’s feedback from clients:

My sister and I used one of our 2 and a half days in Cape Town to do a birding tour of the Peninsula including the Cape of Good Hope. I had great communication with our guide, Dom, before the tour and he picked us up right on time at our hotel. It was an excellent day. Dom is very knowledgeable and good company. It turned out he was at Magee Marsh in Ohio the same time I was this year! The weather was glorious and we got to see lots of SA endemics plus a Humpback Whale and a lifer sewage pond! I would recommend Birding Ecotours and Dom Rollinson to anyone birding in South Africa.

Jean Bickal – USA