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.

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.

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.

Herzegovina – Plenty of Birds but Very Few Birdwatchers

Blidinje Nature Park ©David Chandler

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.

WIN an amazing, 7-day trip for two to Peru

Rufous-crested Coquette at Waqanki Lodge, northern Peru © Stephen ShunkRufous-crested Coquette at Waqanki Lodge, northern Peru © Stephen Shunk

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 »

Uganda: A Fantastic 14-day Birding and Wildlife Tour

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.

Join contributor Ed Hutchings as he explores the wilds of New York State and uncovers some of our favorite nooks

Photo Gallery: The Gorgeous Poison Dart Frogs of Panama

Gold-back Panama poison frog © Kevin Loughlin

Poison Dart Frogs are often spectacularly colored as a warning to prospective predators. Individuals in many species will have some variation in the color patterns, however, few have the variation of color morphs found in the Bocas del Tor region of Panama. Here, on the islands and coastal mainland, Oophaga pumilio can be found in… Read more »

Birding Spain: A Taste of Galicia

Birding from hotel Isla de la Toja © David-Chandler

When I was asked to go on the press trip I didn’t even know where Galicia was! If you’re wondering, it’s the top left corner of Spain, the bit above Portugal. It has mountains, wooded gorges, plains and numerous ‘Rias’, where the Atlantic Ocean fingers its way into more than 1,000 miles of coastline. It was one… Read more »