Ed Hutchings

Salto de Gitano in Monfragüe National Park (image courtesy Extremadura Tourist Board)

Extremadura is the best place in Western Europe for raptors (including Spanish Imperial and Bonelli’s Eagles, Cinereous, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, and Black-winged Kite) and bustards (with good numbers of Great and Little present). As if that wasn’t enough, you could find some of Europe’s other most spectacular birds against the backdrop of one of the wildest and avian rich locations left in Europe.

Birding Northern Peru

A visit to the hummingbird station at Waqanki Lodge typically provides excellent looks at the tiny Rufous-crested Coquette. Photo by Steve Shunk

Northern Peru is packed with unique treasures – cultural, archaeological and natural. Blessed with few tourists and better coastal weather than either Lima or the south, the area encompasses city oases along the coast, secluded villages in the Andes – where you may well be the first foreigner to pass through for years – and… Read more »

Join contributor Ed Hutchings as he explores the wilds of New York State and uncovers some of our favorite nooks

Book Review: The Eponym Dictionary of Birds

As with most dictionaries, this volume is not designed to be read from cover to cover. It is one to refer to and to take great swigs of from time to time. A word of warning – you may find yourself quickly immersed and killing hours quite easily. But it will assuredly be time well spent.

Review: Toft’s National Birds of the World

Toft's National Birds of the World

Both a comprehensive listing and guide book, National BIrds provides a range of information from species data to how these birds have been used and abused through the ages. It recounts tales of how they came to be adopted and presents a wide range of official and cultural contexts where they appear from feathers in tribal costumes to stamps and currency.

The Wilds of Romania: Birding Transylvania

Misty fields with buildings in distance

Thanks to its antiquated agriculture and extensive areas of untouched native forest and wetland, Romania is uniquely important for wildlife in Europe.

Bengal tiger

Rajasthan (“the land of kings”) is the largest state in India. Bird and wildlife viewing opportunities abound in its desert, jungle, and wetlands.