Estonia is a dream destination for those who like their countries sparsely populated, safe, friendly, ‘wired’ and full of wildlife.
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.
Herzegovina is not really on the bird watching map. It’s the southern end of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with wonderful limestone landscapes, and lots of birds.
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.
I am witnessing the agonising death throes of a male Marsh Harrier. As the vet’s overdose of anesthetic pulses through its veins, this majestic bird of prey’s wings spasm violently before he finally, mercifully drifts to sleep, out of pain at last. Welcome to Malta.
We had an amazing time and the whole trip went flawlessly. We would recommend Nature’s Wonderland Safaris and Joseph Mwangi without reservation. We ended up with a list of 316 birds and saw an amazing amount of wildlife.
With some 150 species sighted throughout the year, the Odiel Marshes are among Spain's best-kept birding secrets.