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.

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

Congratulations to NTN associate editor Steve Shunk for releasing his new book, “The Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America.” From the iconic Woody Woodpecker to the ubiquitous Northern Flicker, woodpeckers have long captivated our attention. Their astonishing anatomy makes them one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and their keystone… Read more

Wow! How field guides have changed. Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland gives comprehensive photographic coverage of every bird recorded in Britain and Ireland to date. Here’s Keith’s take on this photographic field guide.

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

One Fine Day in Balang Shan, CHINA

Join professional bird guide Sam Woods as he takes in awe-inspiring views in Balang Shan, China and captures great views of China’s magnificent pheasants, including the best of all: Golden Pheasant!

The Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus is a large bird of prey from Africa, a member of the “Snake Eagle” group. These awesome raptors specialize in reptiles and specifically snakes, which they catch while slowly patrolling the African savannahs. Adult Bateleurs are brightly patterned in black, white and red and are one of the most beautiful raptors… Read more

Along with Israeli ornithologist and videographer, Yuval Dax, Birding Adventures TV may have recorded the first ever footage of the newly described and rare Desert Tawny Owl (Strix hadorami). The footage was taken of a pair of calling birds in a remote part of the Judean Desert in Israel during the second Champions of the… Read more

A Sunbird Professional Nature app Itunes: $69.99, £52.99, 1.58gb, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5. Available from itunes.apple.com.   The Bird Songs of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East is described as a ‘Professional Nature’ app, and its price tag reflects that. Let me give… Read more

Pink-headed Warbler vocalizing

At one time Central America was mostly underwater, with the peaks of volcanoes creating islands where most of today’s regional endemics evolved. The chain of mountains that formed after the waters receded has long been a hotbed of endemism and has drawn many a birder to tour this region.

Trip Report: An 11-Day Birding Tour in Tanzania

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We had an amazing time and the whole trip went flawlessly. We would recommend Nature’s Wonderland Safaris and Joseph Mwangi without reservation. We ended up with a list of 316 birds and saw an amazing amount of wildlife.

Greater Prairie Chicken on lek

The displays and “dances” performed by some grouse and prairie-chickens in North America are unique – and Colorado is the best place to see them.

Book Review: Rare Birds of North America

Northern Lapwing from Rare Birds of North America

Rare Birds of North America is a beautiful, quirky, and exacting resource that will no doubt shape discussions of rarities for years to come.

Chile’s Top Five Most Wanted Birds

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover (Phegornis mitchellii) is a species of bird in the Charadriidae family found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. It is found in subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and swamps. © Fabrice Schmitt

Keith Betton recently traveled to Chile for a few weeks and wrote about his birding adventures. What were his favorite birds from that trip? Read below to find out.

Omani Owl Expedition Seeks Newly Discovered Species

Omani Owl by Arnoud van den Berg

Fresh from Oman, Mike Watson recounts the successful Birdquest Omani Owl Expedition, which took place last week.

Book Review: The World’s Rarest Birds

The Worlds Rarest Birds Erik Hirschfeld

This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity. This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of these species–the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book. It also showcases paintings by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of the 75 species for which no photos are known to exist. (Source: iTunes)

Birding South of the Border in Oaxaca, Mexico

landscape near Teotitlan © Sandra Paci

While birding in Oaxaca, Mexico, Sandra enjoy crippling looks at a Townsend’s Warbler and a FIRST RECORD for White-crowned Sparrow.

A Photographer’s Prowl for the Snowy Owl

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Photographer Melissa Groo shares her favorite Snowy Owl photographs from this winter’s epic irruption.

The UK (2013) Cape May Warbler taken by Allan Conlin

From all points of the compass, an endless supply of rarely seen birds touched down across the UK after the storm, sending the rarity-chasers into a state of apoplexy.

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