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.
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.
I was astounded to find a company in South Africa offering inexpensive safaris to Greater Kruger National Park.
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 »
Wouldn't it be better, as nature travelers, if we carried at least rudimentary knowledge of the globe's threatened habitats?
NORTH WALES WONDERLAND As Kathy’s be-gloved hand passes me my second cup of coffee in as many hours, I hunker down into the welcome sanctuary of the MPV to scan the Menai Straits. I cannot help but wonder where else in the world might I see Gannets – my first of the year - highlighted… Read more »
Christine Elder's top ten reasons for keeping a travel journal.
I can’t remember ever before screaming in agony. The jovial Mexican military doctor was anxious to reduce my dislocated ankle, and he did not want to wait for the anesthetic. Finally, after alarming the entire hospital with the intensity of my protests, I got my drugs. As I became more lucid, I started worrying not… Read more »
Northern Peru is packed with unique treasures – cultural, archaeological and natural. Blessed with few tourists and better coastal weather than either Lima or the south, the area encompasses city oases along the coast, secluded villages in the Andes – where you may well be the first foreigner to pass through for years – and… Read more »
At the start of 2016, something almost unbelievable happened in the southern African listing region. Yellow-throated Leafloves (plural) were discovered 125 km south of their previously known range, just within the southern African listing region (which includes seven countries south of the Zambezi River: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, the southern half of Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho… Read more »
Quality binoculars are expensive, and if you want to enjoy the exceptional quality of premium birding binoculars from the “big three” (Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss), you typically have to dig deep into your wallet. The high price can be attributed to the binoculars’ exceptional components, superior craftsmanship by highly skilled workers in their respective German and… Read more »
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.
Prepare to drool after reading this comprehensive overview of the birding and nature experience in Sri Lanka.