Belarus – Europe’s Secret Wildlife Wilderness

Azure Tit ©Barry Cooper

Some countries that are great for wildlife go under the radar of all but the most enthusiastic wildlife watchers - Belarus is one of those countries. Nestled between Poland and Russia it has some of Europe’s most fascinating wildlife including Eurasian Lynx, Grey Wolf, Brown Bear, and a range of birdlife including the delightful Azure Tit.

Estonia

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Israel

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Omani Owl Expedition Seeks Newly Discovered Species

Omani Owl by Arnoud van den Berg

Fresh from Oman, Mike Watson recounts the successful Birdquest Omani Owl Expedition, which took place last week.

Common Cranes at Hula Valley by Jonathan Meyrav

most people don't realize that the autumn migration through Israel's Northern and Eastern Valleys can be just as impressive and offers unique opportunities to enjoy both large numbers of birds and an array of rare "near-eastern" specialties.

The Magical Interplay of Birds and Light in the Hula Valley

Black Storks at Hula Valley by Thomas Krumenack

Small groups of Common Cranes dip in and out of the fog; more and more of these majestic birds rise from the water and pass low overhead, some so close that droplets of water tap lightly around us.

Israel: Timeless Appeal and Unforgettable Birding

Mourning Wheatear, Israel © Jonathan Meyrvav

From the dawn of history Israel has been perceived by many as the “center” of the world. Explorers, Crusaders and religious figures have long been drawn to this country searching, exploring and thriving to unveil the mysteries of this unique land. Nowadays, Israel is a mecca for serious bird watchers who want to witness one of earth's greatest bird migration spectacles.

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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 »