Dominic Rollinson - Birding Ecotours

Dominic Rollinson

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

Senior Birding Guide and Website Manager

 

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 recently co-authored the 5th edition of the best-selling Sasol Birds of Southern Africa field guide which is one of the subregion’s most comprehensive and detailed bird field guides. He is currently serving on the South African National Rarities Committee, along with his Birding Ecotours colleague Dylan Vasapolli.

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 at all crazy.

The last few years of guiding for Birding Ecotours have opened up many new exhilarating birding destinations (particularly African destinations) for Dom and he is looking forward to the many more exciting opportunities and adventures with Birding Ecotours.

Join Dom on the following upcoming tours:

Subtropical South Africa February 2021/2022 October 2021/2022 August 2022 (Extension for IOCongress)

Subtropical South Africa February 2021/2022 October 2021/2022 August 2022 (Extension for IOCongress)

2022-10-14

Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2021

Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2021

2021-02-01

Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia March 2021/2022

Ethiopia: Complete Abyssinia March 2021/2022

2022-03-20

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Ethiopia: Lalibela Historical Extension April 2021/2022

Ethiopia: Lalibela Historical Extension April 2021/2022

This short historical extension to Lalibela, one of Ethiopia’s most sacred sites, is a perfect complement to our 21-day Complete Abyssinia tour .

Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2021/2022/2023

Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2021/2022/2023

2023-04-11

South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June 2021/2022 September 2021 August 2022 (Extension for IOCongress)

South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June 2021/2022 September 2021 August 2022 (Extension for IOCongress)

2022-08-22

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Norway: Svalbard (Spitsbergen) Cruise — Polar Bears and Seabirds June 2021

Norway: Svalbard (Spitsbergen) Cruise — Polar Bears and Seabirds June 2021

On any Artic cruise one of our main targets is Polar Bear (and other Arctic mammals), however our guide is first and foremost a birding guide, so we'll...

South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2021

South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2021

2021-08-15

São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure August 2021/2022

São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure August 2021/2022

2022-08-20

South Africa Photo and Birding: Western Cape, and Kruger National Park extension September 2021

South Africa Photo and Birding: Western Cape, and Kruger National Park extension September 2021

2021-09-01

South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 22021/2022 August 2022 (Pre-tour for IOCongress)

South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 22021/2022 August 2022 (Pre-tour for IOCongress)

2022-10-07

Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2021/2022

Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2021/2022

2022-11-02

Antarctic Cruise: Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula November 2021

Antarctic Cruise: Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula November 2021

2021-11-06

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

Our birding trip to Ethiopia was fantastic. The country is so rich in history and interesting people and customs. The birding was great! Needless to say Dominic is an expert birder. He is a warm and gracious person and we all really enjoyed his company. Our Ethiopian driver and guide, Tesfaw, was also very good. He was an experienced guide and driver. His contacts were good as were his day to day decisions. He kept our group on time and on schedule but was also flexible to our requests and needs.

We rate our trip excellent( A,10/10). Thank you for all your work in arranging the trip. We appreciate all your prompt correspondences. We certainly will be using Birding Ecotours in the future. We hope to meet you in person some day.

Laurie Beeson & Steve JacksonUSA