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.
Uganda, a wildlife-rich country, is one of the best places in which to see birds, mammals, and seemingly every other creature!
Check out this article to learn how to pack like a pro for your next birding adventure, no matter when you might be traveling!
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 »
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 National Parks offer some of the biggest, best birding and wildlife watching experiences in Africa.
Assuming an understanding of the incredible wildlife in India, I want to discuss some of my darker thoughts about travelling in this complex country.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
With more than 1,700 species, Peru is a birdwatching paradise. And here’s your chance to win a seven-day, birdwatching adventure for two there. You'll start in the Amazon rainforest, home to colorful macaws. Then you'll ascend into the Andes to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, where you’ll look for the massive Andean Condor. Your trip… Read more »
Laura Kammermeier sits down with Nate Swick, the host of the new American Birding Association blog, to discuss nature and birding travel.
Where else can a search for 1,061 bird species be combined with an hour observing mountain gorillas, a morning tracking chimpanzees, an afternoon with hippos and Nile crocodiles as you cruise down the Victorian Nile, and a safari tour to see the incredible megafauna associated with the East African savannah? Where else can a ‘Jurassically’ tall gray stork, with a massive bill, send you a death stare from beyond a sea of papyrus? And where can your search for great apes be magnified by a herd of wild forest elephants, or topped off with crippling views of one of Africa's rarest skulking birds, the Green-breasted Pitta?
Finally we saw a stationary boat in the distance. We motored slowly to meet up with them and as we slid into the slip a shadowy grey figure, whose vision was hindered by scintillant green reeds, came into view. OH MY GOD.
I was astounded to find a company in South Africa offering inexpensive safaris to Greater Kruger National Park.
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Ecologically, vultures, who are known as nature's clean-up crew, are a vitally important group of birds that face a range of threats in areas around the world. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing outright extinction.