A Visit to the Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick

We experienced a wonderful sunrise on the river.

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!

Wild and Free: The Mammals of Uganda

Elephants Silhouette Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Nov _ZM46311 Nov 2016 © Brian Zwiebel

Uganda, a wildlife-rich country, is one of the best places in which to see birds, mammals, and seemingly every other creature!

Adventure Travel: Pack Like a Pro!

Check out this article to learn how to pack like a pro for your next birding adventure, no matter when you might be traveling!

A Wildlife Hotspot of Belize – Chan Chich Lodge

Ocelot ©Leander Khil

Chan Chich Lodge in Belize is well-known as an incredible location to see many big cats and it also offers exceptional birding opportunities.

Uganda’s Wild and Wonderful National Parks

Rothschild Giraffes ©Brian Zwiebel

Uganda's National Parks offer some of the biggest, best birding and wildlife watching experiences in Africa.

Birding India: The Express Route

Arrowhead the Bengal Tiger ©Yoav Perlman

Assuming an understanding of the incredible wildlife in India, I want to discuss some of my darker thoughts about travelling in this complex country.

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.

Africa on a Budget

Three Rondawels. Blyde Canyon Overlook, South Africa @Steve Ingraham

I was astounded to find a company in South Africa offering inexpensive safaris to Greater Kruger National Park.

Chasing Endemic Birds and Wildlife in Northern Patagonia

A male of the endangered Yellow Cardinal near Las Grutas ©Stephan Lorenz

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.

St. Paul Island, Alaska: Shorebird Capital of the World?

Rock Sandpiper ©Stephan Lorenz

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.

Exploring Las Guacamayas in Guatemala

Agami Heron ©Rob Ripma

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.

Birding and Traveling: The Best of Colombia

Green-bearded Helmetcrest at Cocuy National Park Colom

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 »

Birding Antisana, Ecuador

Antisana Volcano ©Kathi Borgmann

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 »

Birding Jocotoco Foundation’s Canandé Reserve

Canandé © Kathi Borgmann

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 »

A Map Every Traveling Birder Must See: IBAs in Danger

Wouldn't it be better, as nature travelers, if we carried at least rudimentary knowledge of the globe's threatened habitats?

North Wales Wonderland

The Great Orme Llandudno, N Wales © Laura Kammermeier

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 »

10 Good Reasons to Keep a Travel Journal

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Christine Elder's top ten reasons for keeping a travel journal.

Should You Buy Travel Insurance?

Hiking Sandal

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 »

Birding Northern Peru

A visit to the hummingbird station at Waqanki Lodge typically provides excellent looks at the tiny Rufous-crested Coquette. Photo by Steve Shunk

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 »