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.

Estonia

Estonia_Pine_forest_in_Estonia WIkiCommons

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My Himalayan High: Birding Nepal

View of Mount Everest from Gokyo by Joe Cochram

Emerging out of the woods, shrubby areas around the villages of Phurte and Thamo held Blue-fronted and White-throated Redstarts, and Laughingthrushes including Chestnut-crowned, Black-faced and Streaked, all with a backdrop of the 6000 m+ peaks forming Kongde Ri.

Ohio

Male American Redstart

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I could not believe my luck – I literally rolled out of bed, down the street, and into a Wallcreeper!

Greater Prairie Chicken on lek

The displays and “dances” performed by some grouse and prairie-chickens in North America are unique – and Colorado is the best place to see them.

Spring Hawk-watching: Best of the U.S.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Many birders don’t realize that prime hawk-watching sites span the length and breadth of the country from frigid Alaska to the tropical reaches of Texas and Florida.

Birding Spain: A Taste of Galicia

Birding from hotel Isla de la Toja © David-Chandler

When I was asked to go on the press trip I didn’t even know where Galicia was! If you’re wondering, it’s the top left corner of Spain, the bit above Portugal. It has mountains, wooded gorges, plains and numerous ‘Rias’, where the Atlantic Ocean fingers its way into more than 1,000 miles of coastline. It was one… Read more »

This was truly an incredible encounter we had been so, so fortunate to witness; a full Snow Leopard hunt from beginning to end including the take and kill.