Bulgaria

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Violet Dropwing courtesy of David Chandler

Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, covering over 16,000 square miles (over 41,000 square kilometres). Its wildlife fame is rooted in its avifauna – which includes plenty of Old World vultures, Iberian Imperial Eagles,Golden, Booted, Bonelli’s and Short-toed Eagles and other birds of prey, including bustards and sandgrouse. Most wildlife tourists come for the birds but there are other winged things to draw them in – butterflies of course, as well as the objects of my particular passion, dragonflies and damselflies.

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

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JORDAN: Where Birds & History Collide

The Middle East is a hugely fascinating region to visit, whether you are a birder or not. Israel is perhaps a better known birding destination but Jordan is an under-watched country, so visiting birders have the opportunity to find and enjoy some very special birds in diverse habitats in solitude. A trip to Jordan should… Read more »

The Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus is a large bird of prey from Africa, a member of the “Snake Eagle” group. These awesome raptors specialize in reptiles and specifically snakes, which they catch while slowly patrolling the African savannahs. Adult Bateleurs are brightly patterned in black, white and red and are one of the most beautiful raptors… Read more »

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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.

Montagu´s Harrier by JM Sayago

With some 150 species sighted throughout the year, the Odiel Marshes are among Spain's best-kept birding secrets.

Trip Report: Birding South Africa, The Western Cape

Cape Rockjumper by Andre Stapelberg.

Birding trip report for the Western Cape in South Africa, October 2012 (Birding Ecotours)

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In yesterday's My Biggest Dip: The Barbary Falcon, I only told you half the truth. Dipping on the falcon that day was a major disappointment (of my own doing) but our guide Itai Shanni managed to get us on breeding pair on Sunday, our last morning of desert birding. I ventured out with Itai, Martin… Read more »