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.
While on a trip to Guatemala earlier this year sponsored by INGUAT (the Guatemalan tourism board), I had the opportunity to visit a biological station that I had never heard of before called Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas. I was expecting the typical, more rustic accommodations that tend to come along with staying at biological stations, but I was in for a huge surprise when we arrived.
Guest post by Kathi Borgmann Colombia is an amazing country. With over 1,900 species recorded, more than any country in the Americas, Colombia is an absolute birding must. And before you say that Colombia is too dangerous to travel in, think again. Colombia is changing fast and is now a top tourist destination. I spent 6… Read more »
Guest post by Kathi Borgmann The Antisana Ecological Reserve can easily be reached via a day trip from Quito. Given the frequent afternoon weather, it is best to arrive early in the morning to improve your chances of having an unobstructed view of the massive peak of Antisana. Antisana rises to a height of 18,891… Read more »
Guest post by Kathi Borgmann The Chocó biogeographical region extends from the Darién in Panamá along the pacific coast of Colombia, to northwestern Ecuador. The Chocó is one of the world’s 10 most important biodiversity hotspots and it is one of the last coastal tropical rainforests left on the planet. It is home to more than 900 species… Read more »
Extremadura is the best place in Western Europe for raptors (including Spanish Imperial and Bonelli’s Eagles, Cinereous, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, and Black-winged Kite) and bustards (with good numbers of Great and Little present). As if that wasn’t enough, you could find some of Europe’s other most spectacular birds against the backdrop of one of the wildest and avian rich locations left in Europe.
written by Alvaro Jaramillo of Alvaro's Adventures. Naturalists describe some wild places as legendary: the Serengeti, Antarctica, and Alaska, for example. For the seabirder, “legendary” is reserved for places where cold, nutrient-rich waters well up to the surface, catching the sunlight to stimulate plankton abundance. These turbulent upwellings are teeming with life and unmatched in… Read more »
You may revel in Cuba's titillating naughtiness, but if you’re a traveler, and not just a tourist, your mind will also contemplate much bigger ideas.
Join contributor Ed Hutchings as he explores the wilds of New York State and uncovers some of our favorite nooks
Post updated Feb 12, 2016 I visited Malheur recently with again friends. The Silvies flood plain was sleeping under a thick white blanket of snow, and the Rough-legged Hawks were out in force. The giant bluebird sky glowed brightly over Oregon's Great Basin desert. The 10,000-foot high, 35-mile long Steens Mountain holds the magical key to the spring runoff… Read more »
The Champions of the Flyway exists to protect the Mediterranean flyways from illegal trapping and killing. Bird watchers are the sentinels of extinction for the avian world. We simply MUST lead the way to champion this cause.
Enjoying the breathtaking views from atop the stone structures of the lost city of the Inca, Machu Picchu, is something many travelers endeavor to partake. Certainly one of the most famous of ancient cities in the New World, crowds converge upon the steep stairs and narrow passageways, daily. The city lies at 7000 feet, between… Read more »
The Northern Territory makes up about a sixth of Australia. You could fit Britain into it six times over; yet it has a population of just over 200,000 people. Need we say more?
To borrow a phrase from James Adams, head naturalist of the Lodge at Pico Bonito in northern Honduras, here was my current “situation” in January 2016: I’m trying to get some work done in Sala Cotinga, which is sort of the back room at the Pico Bonito restaurant. It’s quiet and well ventilated in there, with plenty… Read more »
Old wooden signs point the way. They may not be as old as they look, but here, on the windward side of the Caribbean, tropical storms take their tolls—on signs, buildings, cars, and anything else that sits out in the rain. These signs to the trailhead simply say “Quill” in elegant cursive scrolled with weathered black… Read more »
Exclusive footage of the rare and elusive Desert Tawny Owl in Israel.
I had the great fortune of meeting Arturo Kirkconnell, Cuba's leading bird expert, in early 2015 when he gave a talk to my local bird club. Arturo's infectious energy and incredible photos (like the one below) blew me away. This incredible destination and its 26 endemics are waiting to be explored. Join me for this guided birding tour of… Read more »