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.
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 »
Ground Parrots forage for seeds and fruits mainly on the ground. It occurs in Australia and Tasmania but is not easy to find anywhere.
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.
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.
Estonia is a dream destination for those who like their countries sparsely populated, safe, friendly, ‘wired’ and full of wildlife.
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!
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.
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 »
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.
A gallery of Guatemala scenes and wildlife taken by Dorian Anderson during his 2016 tour.
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!
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 »
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.
The Valdes Peninsula in the Chubut Province of Argentina is one of the country’s main ecotourism attractions due to the concentration of marine mammals found there. For visiting birders though, there are several hotspots to the south and north of the famous peninsula.
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.