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.
In terms of sheer diversity, the shorebirds take the crown on St. Paul with an incredible 64 species recorded on the island within the past three decades. Only four shorebirds nest, whereas the remaining 60 species are either regular spring or fall migrants, rare visitors, or exceptional rarities with only one or two occurrences.
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.
On the breeding grounds of the tundra, normally quiet shorebirds pull out all the stops as they attempt to attract mates during the brief arctic summer.
Fresh from Oman, Mike Watson recounts the successful Birdquest Omani Owl Expedition, which took place last week.
I have no doubt that the Spurn Migration Festival will become a firm favourite in the birding calendar… the festival has the makings of an annual social gathering as well as an excellent opportunity to see some rare, scarce and common migrating birds.