ZEISS Victory Harpia Product Images

We tested the ZEISS Victory Harpia spotting scope in Panama in August of 2017. The scope, which launches in January of 2018, is incredibly sharp and gave us better-than-real life views of most birds under a range of conditions. Below is a video of us digiscoping a juvenile Harpy Eagle, whose begging for its parents… 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.

Clothing Review: Páramo Halcon and Pájaro Jackets

Editor's Note: In recent travels I have been eyeing the labels on the clothing of my traveling companions. Páramo has caught my eye several times.  Guest poster Barrie Cooper from the UK reviews the men's Páramo Halcon and women's Pájaro Jackets.  by Barrie Cooper As a keen birder, wildlife watcher and global traveller, having the… Read more »

Collared Aracari, Tikal, © Dorian Anderson

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.

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 »

Sandhill Crane dancing. Cranes dance as part of courtship, or maybe from sheer exuberance! They leap into the air, bouncing stiff-legged with outspread wings, or curtsey and bow toward a potential mate. Photogaphed from an overnight blind at the Rowe Sanctuary.

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 »

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.

African Lion In Road ©Brian Zwiebel

by Rob Ripma with photography by Brian Zwiebel While visiting Uganda late last year, Murchison Falls was my favorite of the many national parks that we explored. One reason I liked it so much was it's sheer size. Murchison Falls is Uganda's largest national park at 1,503 square miles. In such a large park, you don't feel… Read more »

Bird Bound: A Packing List for Birding Travelers

Neil Glenn, Alan Davies, Georgina Head and guide Prossie combing wetland birds at Kaku Wetland. © Laura Kammermeier

Many of you may know Marci Madsen Fuller, the former event organizer of the popular Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Marci has always been an avid traveler and she used to maintain a website called BirdBound. Ever since I saw this list on Marci's website, I refer to it in the last panic-stricken moments before every major bird trip. It gives me peace of mind. We republish it here, with her permission.

Mountain Gorilla Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda Nov © Brian Zwiebel Nov 2016

Like most, I've carried a rucksack of dreams as I've trekked through life. I’ve had to rearrange things in my bag a few times; remove a few pipe dreams, shelve some I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill, and reorganize those important enough to keep. I’m now scaling the peak of my fifth decade. I hope… Read more »

Laura Kammermeier sits down with Nate Swick, the host of the new American Birding Association blog, to discuss nature and birding travel.

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.

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.

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Ecologically, vultures, who are known as nature's clean-up crew, are a vitally important group of birds that face a range of threats in areas around the world. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing outright extinction.

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 »