Birders Discover African Grail Bird:The Congo Peafowl

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A hundred years ago the Con(though it was known to the Congolese as a source of food and ceremonial headdress). About 80 years ago, the bird was first described in the ornithological record, but that description did not come from an actual sighting, it came from two mislabeled specimens that American ornithologist James Chapin had… Read more

Review of The Lodge At Pico Bonito, La Cieba, Honduras

The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a naturalist’s dream. Located deep in the tropical rainforest just outside of La Cieba, Honduras, Pico Bonito is surrounded by a remarkable variety of wildlife – every step on this wonderful property a veritable jungle safari.

Birding the World: How to Plan Your Trips

Keith Betton in Ecuador courtesy of Gary Rosenberg

With over 10,000 bird species around the world grouped into about 230 families, there are plenty of birds to see – and over 200 countries to choose from. So how do you plan to see them? I think everybody has a different approach, so there isn’t a “one size fits all” answer. Importantly you need… Read more

This year I decided to cross a major travel milestone off my lifetime bucket list: a classic African safari. After reviewing a number of options I decided to join a two-week tour of Kenya offered by British company Birdquest. This tour, billed as a Birds & Mammals Safari, was led by Nik Borrow, a leader… Read more

Violet Dropwing courtesy of David Chandler

Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, covering over 16,000 square miles (over 41,000 square kilometres). Its wildlife fame is rooted in its avifauna – which includes plenty of Old World vultures, Iberian Imperial Eagles,Golden, Booted, Bonelli’s and Short-toed Eagles and other birds of prey, including bustards and sandgrouse. Most wildlife tourists come for the birds but there are other winged things to draw them in – butterflies of course, as well as the objects of my particular passion, dragonflies and damselflies.

<em>I headed for Jamaica this summer to speak at the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean, the leading conservation group in the Caribbean region. The meeting was phenomenal, with representatives from over 30 islands networking and sharing their science, conservation, and education projects. <a href=”http://www.birdscaribbean.org/tag/birdscarib2015/” target=”_blank”>#BirdsCarib2015</a></em> <a title=”Jamaica Kingston Red-billed Streamertail Steve Shunk” href=”http://naturetravelnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/BBSTknutsford_P1390892.jpg”><img class=”wp-image-6659 size-large”… Read more

My Himalayan High: Birding Nepal

View of Mount Everest from Gokyo by Joe Cochram

Emerging out of the woods, shrubby areas around the villages of Phurte and Thamo held Blue-fronted and White-throated Redstarts, and Laughingthrushes including Chestnut-crowned, Black-faced and Streaked, all with a backdrop of the 6000 m+ peaks forming Kongde Ri.

Know Your Target Birds: The Barbets of Africa

Guest blogger Adam Riley introduces the African barbets, which as a group form a fascinating and colorful aspect of African birding and are primary targets for many birders, both local and visiting.

Review: Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge

Two Red-lored Amazons in flight

Tranquilo Bay exceeded even my high expectations. I was impressed by the comfort, service, great guides, and the variety of excursions and activities offered. An attractive option for groups where not everyone is a hardcore birder.

Summer Birding: Five Great National Wildlife Refuge Destinations

Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island NWR by Jonathan Milak

Summer slows many birders down, but it doesn’t have to! Here are five great National Wildlife Refuges for summer birding.

Red-crowned Ant Tanager © Mike Nelson

Any birding tour to Guatemala should include Tikal and the Petén lowlands, not just for the stunning birds but also for the stunning atmosphere.

Bee-eater with gunshot wound

I am witnessing the agonising death throes of a male Marsh Harrier. As the vet’s overdose of anesthetic pulses through its veins, this majestic bird of prey’s wings spasm violently before he finally, mercifully drifts to sleep, out of pain at last. Welcome to Malta.

Our Perfect Birding Year by Alan Davies and Ruth Miller

Male Great Bustard displaying

In 2008 Alan Davies and Ruth Miller set a new record for the highest number of bird species recorded in a single year. Now they discuss their perfect birding year.

Photographing Warblers

Male blackburnian warbler in willow

Photographing warblers is one of the greatest challenges in bird photography. But capturing a sharp, well-lit image of an avian jewel makes it all worthwhile.

Birding Zambia: An Introduction

Zambia - birds in flight

Situated in the heart of south-central Africa, the country of Zambia is one of the region’s prime wildlife destinations.

So You Think You Know Shorebirds?

Pectoral Sandpiper Barrel Chested Flight Display by Brian L. Zwiebel

On the breeding grounds of the tundra, normally quiet shorebirds pull out all the stops as they attempt to attract mates during the brief arctic summer.

Spring Hawk-watching: Best of the U.S.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Many birders don’t realize that prime hawk-watching sites span the length and breadth of the country from frigid Alaska to the tropical reaches of Texas and Florida.

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

Yellow Oriole

The adventure of birding Trinidad continues, with Tanagers, Trogons, and the elusive Oilbirds.

This was truly an incredible encounter we had been so, so fortunate to witness; a full Snow Leopard hunt from beginning to end including the take and kill.

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