Hokkaido in Winter

Red-crowned Cranes ©Barrie Cooper

Hokkaido is one of the top birding destinations in Japan and, indeed, throughout Asia. It is the northern most of Japan’s three main islands.

Masked Flowerpiercer at Yanacocha © Dorian Anderson

Let’s start with by drawing a parallel between Ecuador and Costa Rica; Both countries are politically stable, safe for travelers, have excellent tourism infrastructure, and pack lots of wildlife into a small area. What Costa Rica is to Central America, Ecuador is to South America - a great first destination for someone traveling to the… Read more »

Birding Tasmania: Elusive Parrots and Endemics

Ground Parrot in flight ©Stephan Lorenz

Ground Parrots forage for seeds and fruits mainly on the ground. It occurs in Australia and Tasmania but is not easy to find anywhere.

Rare Emeralds and Other Gems of the Aguan Valley

Honduran Emerald ©Stephan Lorenz

The Aguan Valley is fairly remote with limited options for visitors. It is best to visit during a long day trip from The Lodge at Pico Bonito or La Ceiba.

A South Africa Adventure to N’tsiri

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N’tsiri and surrounding areas offer a rich, diverse environment making the long journey to the 10,000-acre private reserve well worth the effort.

Highlights of Estonia

European Brown Bear Alutaguse Forest, Estonia ©Neil Glenn

Estonia is a dream destination for those who like their countries sparsely populated, safe, friendly, ‘wired’ and full of wildlife.

Lemon-throated Barbet Amazonia Lodge, Peru. © Brian Zwiebel

Wayqecha, Villa Carmen, and Los Amigos birding lodges are located in the eastern buffer zone of Manu National Park. A Any visit to these lodges will offer a deep dive into remote wilderness with beautiful scenery, remarkable birds and wildlife, plus allow you to witness authentic Amazon conservation efforts in action.

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 »