A Visit to the Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick

We experienced a wonderful sunrise on the river.

The Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick is a stop that is definitely not to be missed while traveling on the Madre de Dos River in the Peruvian Amazon!

Taiwan Bamboo-Partridge © Dorian Anderson

Dorian "Birding for Birds" Anderson spills the beans on birding in Taiwan. On a casual, eight-day tour of several national parks and forests, Dorian was able to see about 160 species including many endemics, such as as the Mikado Pheasants, Taiwan Blue-Magpies, and Taiwan Scimitar-Babblers, and more.

A Dragonfly Tour of Extremadura, Spain

  I first visited Extremadura specifically to look for dragonflies in September 2015. You can read about that visit here. I visited again in 2017, in the extreme heat of early August, a time most people would avoid, with the aim of seeing some different species. Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, south-west… Read more »

ZEISS Victory Harpia Product Images

We tested the ZEISS Victory Harpia spotting scope in Panama in August of 2017. The scope, which launches in January of 2018, is incredibly sharp and gave us better-than-real life views of most birds under a range of conditions. Below is a video of us digiscoping a juvenile Harpy Eagle, whose begging for its parents… Read more »

Our group traveled to Panama to see the Harpy Eagle and to test the new ZEISS Victory Harpia scope. Neither let us down. Click for photos of both these magnificent beasts.

Clothing Review: Páramo Halcon and Pájaro Jackets

Editor's Note: In recent travels I have been eyeing the labels on the clothing of my traveling companions. Páramo has caught my eye several times.  Guest poster Barrie Cooper from the UK reviews the men's Páramo Halcon and women's Pájaro Jackets.  by Barrie Cooper As a keen birder, wildlife watcher and global traveller, having the… Read more »

Clothing Review: Páramo Halcon Waistcoat

In recent travels I have been eyeing the labels on the clothing of my traveling companions. Páramo has caught my eye several times.  Guest poster Barrie Cooper from the UK reviews the Páramo waistcoat, below, and Páramo jacket.

Red-capped Manakin, Guacamayas, © Dorian Anderson

A gallery of Guatemala scenes and wildlife taken by Dorian Anderson during his 2016 tour.

Collared Aracari, Tikal, © Dorian Anderson

Picture a land with tropical jungles, ancient Mayan ruins, and volcanic highlands. Sprinkle in colorful local textiles, friendly locals, monkeys and reptiles of various sorts, and nearly 800 species of birds and you have Guatemala, a travel destination with a wonderful mix of history, culture, and nature.

Wild and Free: The Mammals of Uganda

Elephants Silhouette Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Nov _ZM46311 Nov 2016 © Brian Zwiebel

Uganda, a wildlife-rich country, is one of the best places in which to see birds, mammals, and seemingly every other creature!

Adventure Travel: Pack Like a Pro!

Check out this article to learn how to pack like a pro for your next birding adventure, no matter when you might be traveling!

A Wildlife Hotspot of Belize – Chan Chich Lodge

Ocelot ©Leander Khil

Chan Chich Lodge in Belize is well-known as an incredible location to see many big cats and it also offers exceptional birding opportunities.

Photography and text by Marie Read Each March and April, half a million Sandhill Cranes flock to Central Nebraska’s Platte River on their northward migration, and so do numerous avid wildlife photographers eager to capture images of this avian extravaganza! Here’s where to go for the best crane photo ops of this must-see event. The… Read more »

Sandhill Crane dancing. Cranes dance as part of courtship, or maybe from sheer exuberance! They leap into the air, bouncing stiff-legged with outspread wings, or curtsey and bow toward a potential mate. Photogaphed from an overnight blind at the Rowe Sanctuary.

Photography and text by Marie Read Their numbers were few at first…ribbons of birds undulating through the sky, their approach heralded by strident bugling calls. Sandhill Cranes! We kept still as statues: a group of bird fans watching in excited anticipation, holding our collective breaths, willing the cranes to land nearby. But they continued on… Read more »

Uganda’s Wild and Wonderful National Parks

Rothschild Giraffes ©Brian Zwiebel

Uganda's National Parks offer some of the biggest, best birding and wildlife watching experiences in Africa.

Birding India: The Express Route

Arrowhead the Bengal Tiger ©Yoav Perlman

Assuming an understanding of the incredible wildlife in India, I want to discuss some of my darker thoughts about travelling in this complex country.

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.

African Lion In Road ©Brian Zwiebel

by Rob Ripma with photography by Brian Zwiebel While visiting Uganda late last year, Murchison Falls was my favorite of the many national parks that we explored. One reason I liked it so much was it's sheer size. Murchison Falls is Uganda's largest national park at 1,503 square miles. In such a large park, you don't feel… Read more »

Bird Bound: A Packing List for Birding Travelers

Neil Glenn, Alan Davies, Georgina Head and guide Prossie combing wetland birds at Kaku Wetland. © Laura Kammermeier

Many of you may know Marci Madsen Fuller, the former event organizer of the popular Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Marci has always been an avid traveler and she used to maintain a website called BirdBound. Ever since I saw this list on Marci's website, I refer to it in the last panic-stricken moments before every major bird trip. It gives me peace of mind. We republish it here, with her permission.

Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda Nov © Brian Zwiebel Nov 2016

Like most, I've carried a rucksack of dreams as I've trekked through life. I’ve had to rearrange things in my bag a few times; remove a few pipe dreams, shelve some I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill, and reorganize those important enough to keep. I’m now scaling the peak of my fifth decade. I hope… Read more »