Let’s start with by drawing a parallel between Ecuador and Costa Rica; Both countries are politically stable, safe for travelers, have excellent tourism infrastructure, and pack lots of wildlife into a small area. What Costa Rica is to Central America, Ecuador is to South America - a great first destination for someone traveling to the… Read more »
Wayqecha, Villa Carmen, and Los Amigos birding lodges are located in the eastern buffer zone of Manu National Park. A Any visit to these lodges will offer a deep dive into remote wilderness with beautiful scenery, remarkable birds and wildlife, plus allow you to witness authentic Amazon conservation efforts in action.
Dorian "Birding for Birds" Anderson spills the beans on birding in Taiwan. On a casual, eight-day tour of several national parks and forests, Dorian was able to see about 160 species including many endemics, such as as the Mikado Pheasants, Taiwan Blue-Magpies, and Taiwan Scimitar-Babblers, and more.
I first visited Extremadura specifically to look for dragonflies in September 2015. You can read about that visit here. I visited again in 2017, in the extreme heat of early August, a time most people would avoid, with the aim of seeing some different species. Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, south-west… Read more »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 National Parks offer some of the biggest, best birding and wildlife watching experiences in Africa.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.