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Norfolk birding

Birding in Norfolk

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The winter birding has been amazing! The birding here in Norfolk has been so good that I’ve hardly had time to miss the superb birding in Ohio, where we...

The Endemic Birds of South Africa

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The purpose of this article is to provide the most up-to-date information on South Africa’s endemic birds (based on the 2020 update of the country’s official bird-list)...

The elusive quest for 300 Ohio birds this year

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I’m a new birder in Ohio, having lived here for less than two and a half years. I came to Columbus from South Africa to open the new American office…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Offshore Australia (Territories)

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Australia has numerous island territories, and these offer some great birding for the more adventurous, those chasing endemic birds, or those with a passion for seabirds...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Offshore Australia (pelagic)

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he waters around Australia offer practically unrivaled pelagic seabird watching potential. In some areas the time to get from the land to the continental shelf (where the...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Central and South Australia

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Central and South Australia combine well from a birdwatching point of view. Adelaide acts as a great entry way into the region and has some fantastic birding sites near the…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Tasmania

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Adjoined to the Australian mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Northern Australia

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Birding in the Northern Territory offers a huge range of possibilities. In the south there is Alice Springs – but that area is discussed in the Central and South Australia…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Western Australia

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Western Australia is a huge state, and there are loads of potential birding sites to visit. Perth is set in a beautiful coastal landscape (as are many Australian cities) and…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Eastern Australia

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Eastern Australia offers many varied birding options, with cities such as Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne providing excellent entry points into the country....
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia?

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This is a frequently asked question. Australia is a large place (about the same size as the United States of America, or Europe), and this continent-country stretches from the tropics…

See over 10 birds-of-paradise on a budget

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Go to All Blogs | Birding Blogs | West Papua Birding Tour This blog was last updated on 12 December 2020 Every birder dreams of seeing the world’s most beautiful birds,…

Johannesburg’s Top Birding Sites

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Johannesburg, more readily known as Joburg or Jozi is the largest city in South Africa, and located on the highveld plateau of central South Africa...

African Bird Fair September 2019 Special Offers!

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If you book (with a deposit) onto any of the tours below during either the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival (August 7-11 this year, or...

Cape Town’s Top Birding Spots

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Cape Town is without doubt one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of South Africa, and no visit to South Africa is fully complete without visiting the “Mother…

Birding India

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As only India can! Have you been to India? Have you traveled to the Himalayas? Have you been on a jeep safari in Jim Corbett National Park? Well, take a…

How I became a birder. And, more importantly, how did you become a birder?

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This is my story about how I got into birding. I wrote this mainly to try and encourage you to share your story. Please do e-mail us...

Getting to know Galo Real

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Below we find out more about our Birding Ecotours Neotropical guide Galo Real who specialises in our Ecuador tours as well as tours to the Galapagos Islands...

A Notorious Skulker Revealed

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Have you ever spent over 10 minutes on an infamous skulker, just sitting patiently, waiting for it to give you the briefest of glimpses? OK, OK, of course. But, have…

Getting to know Giancarlo Ventolini

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Giancarlo Ventolini is the newest addition to our Neotropical team. Giancarlo has been in love with birds and nature all his life. We spent some time getting to know him and…

The 5 toughest birds and what is your biggest nemesis bird?

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This blog will start as an extremely brief one, but will hopefully get increasingly extensive with your input. If you e-mail us and and tell us what the most difficult…

Zululand: Birding the forests and savannas of the Zulu Kingdom

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Zululand, the area north of the Tugela River and south of the Mozambican border, is perhaps better known for its rich cultural history and big-five ...

Getting to know Dom Rollinson

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Meet Dr Rollinson, an unassuming yet remarkably intelligent, passionate, enthusiastic, and driven guide who, although unable to answer your medical queries, will ...

Birding the Cape – from the mountains to the deep blue

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When I mention the Cape most tourists will envisage Table Mountain, the dramatic cliffs of Cape Point, and the spectacular flower displays of the west ...
Antarctica

Birding the subantarctic islands of the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean

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In this blog I take a closer look at the area south of 35°S as far as the Great White Continent and between the longitudes of 50°W and 20°E. This…

Birding the United States – East to West

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Birding has truly become a great international hobby that seems to be growing and growing. It is very exciting to see so many young folk (here in South Africa at…

Getting to know Eduardo Ormaeche

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There are many things synonymous with the Birding Ecotours brand, and the name Eduardo Ormaeche is most certainly one of them! Having been around since soon...

Colombia – April 2017

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This April, after his very successful Neotropical Bird Club Costa Rica fundraising tour (click here for trip report), Andy Walker had a busman’s holiday and went birding ....

Iceland Scouting Trip June 2017

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This June Andy Walker made a scouting trip to Iceland to have a look at some of the areas we’ll be visiting on the Birding Ecotours 2018 Iceland Tour. Here’s…

The Famous Birding Cruise to Nowhere – Flock at Sea 2017

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GREY PETREL COMING DOWN PORTSIDE FROM THE BOW” were the words blasting through the miniscule speaker on the guides’ radios. This was of course ...

Birding Ecotours opens a US office and starts offering more North American birding tours

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We hereby announce two very exciting pieces of news, both of them related. First, that we’re opening a formal office ...

Birding Monhegan Island, Maine

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Twelve miles off the coast of central Maine lies Monhegan Island. Monahigan, as it was originally known, means ‘Island of the Sea’. This spectacular little island is one and a…

A brief sampling of Peru – May 2017

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In May 2017 Andy Walker conducted a scouting trip to Peru to meet up with Birding Ecotours colleague and resident Peruvian tour leader and expert guide, Eduardo Ormaeche....

The Biggest Week in American Birding – May 2017

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This May I again had the wonderful opportunity to represent Birding Ecotours at The Biggest Week in American Birding (BWIAB). The BWIAB is a 10-day long event ...

Do you tick heard-only birds?

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Whether to tick heard-only birds can be a contentious issue. My personal rule is to strictly exclude heard-only birds from all of my lists (including my world list, my southern African list,…

A race against time: funding the fight against bird killing

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Israel is a haven for birds and birders alike. Israel during migration season is something else altogether. Down in southern Africa we don’t get to experience the ...

A “larky” spin through the Northern Cape of South Africa

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Go to All Blogs | African Birding Blogs | Birding Blogs | Endemic Birds Blogs | South African Lark Tour By Jason Boyce Larks, larks, larks … and more wonderful larks! The…

Hummingbirds of Peru – Marvelous Spatuletail & over 40 hummingbirds in three days?

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Birding is amazing, no matter where you go and what kind of birds you prefer. For me, highlights are walking down a ...

Cory’s vs. Scopoli’s Shearwater

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I’m sure many of you may know this already, but I for one have been largely ignorant about one of the relatively newly split species, Scopoli’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), within the…

Pelagic Birding with Birding Ecotours

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Pelagic Birding is a rather specific ‘art’ or aspect of birding, and it basically refers to an ocean-going trip taken on a boat in search of true ocean-going species, such…

The Biggest Week in American Birding

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May is known as the best month for birding in the eastern part of the United States, and in particular for the spectacular spring migration that occurs during this time…

Birding Thailand

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Andy Walker spent some time in Thailand this winter and provides a brief summary of his time there below: This winter, between late January and early March, I spent time…

Birding Asia

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Go to All Blogs | Asian Blogs | Asian Birding Tours In January 2016, Andy Walker led our 15-day Birding Tour India: Birds, Tigers and the Himalayas. Here Andy provides a brief summary…

A 5-day twitch to Namibia

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Not only was the first ever Yellow-throated Leaflove discovered just inside the southern African listing region this year, but it was actually not just one individual but a pair of…

Surveying for one of South Africa’s rarest birds: the elusive fynbos endemic, Hottentot Buttonquail

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Hottentot Buttonquail must be the most enigmatic of all of South Africa’s 18 endemics. Its world population is estimated ...

Field Guides to Australasia and Oceania: what to take into the field

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Birds of New Guinea. Hooray, the second edition is now out and is AMAZING! Please buy it, whether or not you’re planning a trip to West Papua or PNG...

Getting to know Dylan Vasapolli

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Dylan, affectionately known as ‘Vas’ by many of his colleagues, has to be one of the most enjoyable people to go birding with! He is known to get excited at…

Searching for Africa’s most elusive bird

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When asked the question “what is Africa’s most elusive bird species”, most birders would answer that it must be any of the flufftails, which are, of course, notorious. Or perhaps they…

Field Guides to Europe: what to take into the field

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Collins (or the Princeton version, Birds of Europe) has been the standard in field guides for some time, and this second edition goes from strength to strength. The ...

Field Guides to North America: what to take into the field

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Field guides covering North America, in this context, include Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 of the United States. It does not include Hawaii, Greenland, Bermuda ...

Field Guides to the Neotropics: what to take into the field

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Birds of Mexico and northern Central America (Steve N.G. Howell and Sophie Webb). Though this book is almost twenty years old, it still stands up ...

Getting to know Andy Walker

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Birding Ecotours guide Andy Walker lives, dreams and breathes birds. This passionate pitta-lover took some time out to share his story with our guest blogger Rachel in this...

Getting to know Chris Lotz

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Chris Lotz is the passionate founder and owner of Birding Ecotours. Our guest blogger, Rachel, decided to ask him a few questions to get to know him better… Rachel: Please tell…

Best Binoculars for Birding: Bigger not always better…

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Every naturalist using binoculars has an opinion on magnification, and there is never a shortage of advice as to what constitutes the best magnification for safari goers ...

Know your birds – The Snowy Owl

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If there is one bird in the world that can lure even non-birders out to look for it, it’s the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). This regal, enigmatic bird has enraptured…

Know your birds – The Rail-babbler

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The Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus), a chocolate-brown rail-like passerine, with a distinctive white head band and patches of red-orange plumage is an unusual bird that seems to have left scientists ...

What Camera to Buy?

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As a keen photographer and specialist guide I am often asked advice on photography, cameras, and lenses, and get to see what visitors, from novice to...

Preparing for a birding tour – how to study the birds of a country you haven’t yet visited!

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My first birding trip to South America was, strangely, a great disappointment. I opted to make Peru my first South American ...

Champions of the Flyway – a bird race for conservation

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The Champions of the Flyway is a mega-exciting 24-hour bird race (midnight to midnight on 25 March 2015), during which a bunch of teams (32 this year) compete ...

Know Your Birds – Southern Ground Hornbill

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The Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is a large bird, most frequently encountered on the ground, and conspicuously plumaged in striking red and ...

The Champions of the Flyway project, because it is personal!

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“The Champions of the Flyway” in Israel is not just a fun race for avid birders having a good time; it carries with it a strong message that appeals to…

Rare rallids of Harare in Zimbabwe

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Megan and I just returned from a 2-day birding trip to Harare, to make the most of the brief January to March window of opportunity (….but only in years of…

Cape Eagle-Owls located near Johannesburg!

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Jason Boyce, Justin Nicolau, Gary Nicolau, Peter Schoeman and Chris Lotz joined a few of the extremely helpful Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve staff to survey for owls...

African Bird Club

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Birding Ecotours is a Gold sponsor of the African Bird Club because of this club’s solid track record of helping to conserve the continent’s birds.  African bird conservation is something…

Know your Birds – African Jacana

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If there were an award for the best father in the bird world, it would undoubtedly go to the African Jacana or “lily-trotter” (Actophilornis flavirostris)  as this waterbird is often called ...

My Ten Favorite Birds of Peru

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Diademed Plover This is definitely my favorite bird in South America. What can I say? Strangely, I cannot explain why I feel so attracted to this bird, as many other…

Remote Madagascar and Comoros birding tour

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In November 2014, we did our first Malagasy “Owls of the World” ® tour, and it greatly exceeded expectations! We were seeking five of the world’s most localized ...

The Big 5 Birds of Northern Peru – a biased list according to Chris!

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A birding tour is made largely by the guide. A good birding tour leader is the single element that can make a bird tour completely and utterly brilliant, rather than…

Know your Birds – Lilian’s Lovebird

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Go to All Blogs | African Birding Blogs | Know Your Birds Blogs “ It was upper and middle class women who, in many ways, established the hobby of bird-watching. They…

Know your Birds – The African Finfoot

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The Italian renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his flying machines. Not only did he wish to fly, but he also wanted to walk on…

The most urgent bird conservation priorities in Africa and its islands

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This note was written for the bulletin of the African Bird Club (https://www.africanbirdclub.org/) (ABC) and is published here on our blog with permission from ...

Nectar-feeding birds

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All continents except Europe and Antarctica have bird species that rely almost exclusively on nectar as a food source. These birds, which include African sunbirds and American hummingbirds, obtain ...

Bats of the Kruger National Park (Part 1)

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When people travel to the Kruger National Park they mostly go for the bigger animals, the “big five”, or even birds, but they always tend to overlook our gorgeous little…

Field Guides to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: what to take into the field

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A Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife (Shirihai). This is the second edition, and, as the name implies, it is very complete. All the bird species from ...

Field guides to Asia: what to take into the field

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Birds of the Middle East (Porter and Aspinall). This book covers Turkey, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, and the Saudi Peninsula. It has very good plates ...

Field guides to Africa and Madagascar: what to take into the field

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Collins Bird Guide/Birds of Europe (Svensson, Mullarney and Zetterström). This guide is the best for North Africa. It covers Morocco east to Egypt...

Africa’s best-kept birding secret: the endemic-rich woodlands of South-central Africa

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I always find it extremely surprising that Zambia and Malawi are not bombarded by birders. I guess these countries are just not ...

Searching for Africa’s most skulking bird family; the incomparable Flufftails

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A great many African birders have never seen a flufftail, even though a couple of species are rather common. This is because they are Africa’s most elusive birds ...

Finding Owls, and an invitation to join our South African Owl Surveys

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Due to their nocturnal habits, we find that even talented birders are often unaware that their own neighbourhood is graced by owls. As one example, while African ...

Regionally-endemic birding in Central America: From the Mayan Empire to the Darién Gap

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At one time Central America was mostly underwater, and only the peaks of volcanoes rose above the water, creating islands ...

The Red Himba Lady and the Dusky Lark

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This day was very special: We were just about to give up searching for the baffling (and one of the very last Southern African) lark species – the Dusky Lark…

Birding Rally Challenge – Southern Perú – December 2013

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Birding Ecotours, was one of five teams that were invited to participate in the World Birding Rally, to be held in southern Peru over December 2013. It ...

The conservation value of avitourism

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Birdwatching tourism (or avitourism as it is sometimes called) has become a large industry and is the biggest niche within eco-tourism. The amount...

How to distinguish between the Cape and Spotted Eagle-Owls

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Out in the field, and under the low light intensities that owls are seen in, Cape and Spotted Eagle-Owls can easily be, and often are, confused with each other. We…
Norfolk birding

Birding in Norfolk

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The winter birding has been amazing! The birding here in Norfolk has been so good that I’ve hardly had time to miss the superb birding in Ohio, where we...

The elusive quest for 300 Ohio birds this year

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I’m a new birder in Ohio, having lived here for less than two and a half years. I came to Columbus from South Africa to open the new American office…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Offshore Australia (Territories)

| Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Pacific Islands), Birding, Latest Blogs | No Comments
Australia has numerous island territories, and these offer some great birding for the more adventurous, those chasing endemic birds, or those with a passion for seabirds...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Offshore Australia (pelagic)

| Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Pacific Islands), Birding | No Comments
he waters around Australia offer practically unrivaled pelagic seabird watching potential. In some areas the time to get from the land to the continental shelf (where the...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Central and South Australia

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Central and South Australia combine well from a birdwatching point of view. Adelaide acts as a great entry way into the region and has some fantastic birding sites near the…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Tasmania

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Adjoined to the Australian mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Northern Australia

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Birding in the Northern Territory offers a huge range of possibilities. In the south there is Alice Springs – but that area is discussed in the Central and South Australia…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Western Australia

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Western Australia is a huge state, and there are loads of potential birding sites to visit. Perth is set in a beautiful coastal landscape (as are many Australian cities) and…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Eastern Australia

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Eastern Australia offers many varied birding options, with cities such as Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne providing excellent entry points into the country....
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia?

| Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Pacific Islands), Birding | No Comments
This is a frequently asked question. Australia is a large place (about the same size as the United States of America, or Europe), and this continent-country stretches from the tropics…

See over 10 birds-of-paradise on a budget

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Go to All Blogs | Birding Blogs | West Papua Birding Tour This blog was last updated on 12 December 2020 Every birder dreams of seeing the world’s most beautiful birds,…

Johannesburg’s Top Birding Sites

| Africa birding, Birding, Endemic birds | No Comments
Johannesburg, more readily known as Joburg or Jozi is the largest city in South Africa, and located on the highveld plateau of central South Africa...

African Bird Fair September 2019 Special Offers!

| Africa birding, Birding | No Comments
If you book (with a deposit) onto any of the tours below during either the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival (August 7-11 this year, or...

Cape Town’s Top Birding Spots

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Cape Town is without doubt one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of South Africa, and no visit to South Africa is fully complete without visiting the “Mother…

Birding India

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As only India can! Have you been to India? Have you traveled to the Himalayas? Have you been on a jeep safari in Jim Corbett National Park? Well, take a…

How I became a birder. And, more importantly, how did you become a birder?

| Birding | No Comments
This is my story about how I got into birding. I wrote this mainly to try and encourage you to share your story. Please do e-mail us...

A Notorious Skulker Revealed

| Africa birding, Birding | No Comments
Have you ever spent over 10 minutes on an infamous skulker, just sitting patiently, waiting for it to give you the briefest of glimpses? OK, OK, of course. But, have…

The 5 toughest birds and what is your biggest nemesis bird?

| Birding | No Comments
This blog will start as an extremely brief one, but will hopefully get increasingly extensive with your input. If you e-mail us and and tell us what the most difficult…

Zululand: Birding the forests and savannas of the Zulu Kingdom

| Africa birding, Birding | No Comments
Zululand, the area north of the Tugela River and south of the Mozambican border, is perhaps better known for its rich cultural history and big-five ...

Birding the Cape – from the mountains to the deep blue

| Africa birding, Birding, Endemic birds | No Comments
When I mention the Cape most tourists will envisage Table Mountain, the dramatic cliffs of Cape Point, and the spectacular flower displays of the west ...

Birding India

| Birding, Birding Asia | No Comments
As only India can! Have you been to India? Have you traveled to the Himalayas? Have you been on a jeep safari in Jim Corbett National Park? Well, take a…

Birding Thailand

| Birding Asia, Trip Report | No Comments
Andy Walker spent some time in Thailand this winter and provides a brief summary of his time there below: This winter, between late January and early March, I spent time…

Birding Asia

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Go to All Blogs | Asian Blogs | Asian Birding Tours In January 2016, Andy Walker led our 15-day Birding Tour India: Birds, Tigers and the Himalayas. Here Andy provides a brief summary…

What Camera to Buy?

| Bird Photography, birding photo tours, Birding Photography | No Comments
As a keen photographer and specialist guide I am often asked advice on photography, cameras, and lenses, and get to see what visitors, from novice to...

Regionally-endemic birding in Central America: From the Mayan Empire to the Darién Gap

| Birding, Central America, Costa Rica, Endemic Bird Areas, Endemic birds, Guatemala, Panama | No Comments
At one time Central America was mostly underwater, and only the peaks of volcanoes rose above the water, creating islands ...

The Endemic Birds of South Africa

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The purpose of this article is to provide the most up-to-date information on South Africa’s endemic birds (based on the 2020 update of the country’s official bird-list)...

Johannesburg’s Top Birding Sites

| Africa birding, Birding, Endemic birds | No Comments
Johannesburg, more readily known as Joburg or Jozi is the largest city in South Africa, and located on the highveld plateau of central South Africa...

Birding the Cape – from the mountains to the deep blue

| Africa birding, Birding, Endemic birds | No Comments
When I mention the Cape most tourists will envisage Table Mountain, the dramatic cliffs of Cape Point, and the spectacular flower displays of the west ...

A “larky” spin through the Northern Cape of South Africa

| Africa birding, Birding, Endemic birds | No Comments
Go to All Blogs | African Birding Blogs | Birding Blogs | Endemic Birds Blogs | South African Lark Tour By Jason Boyce Larks, larks, larks … and more wonderful larks! The…

Regionally-endemic birding in Central America: From the Mayan Empire to the Darién Gap

| Birding, Central America, Costa Rica, Endemic Bird Areas, Endemic birds, Guatemala, Panama | No Comments
At one time Central America was mostly underwater, and only the peaks of volcanoes rose above the water, creating islands ...

Getting to know Galo Real

| Andy Walker, Getting to know our guides | No Comments
Below we find out more about our Birding Ecotours Neotropical guide Galo Real who specialises in our Ecuador tours as well as tours to the Galapagos Islands...

Getting to know Giancarlo Ventolini

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Giancarlo Ventolini is the newest addition to our Neotropical team. Giancarlo has been in love with birds and nature all his life. We spent some time getting to know him and…

Getting to know Dom Rollinson

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Meet Dr Rollinson, an unassuming yet remarkably intelligent, passionate, enthusiastic, and driven guide who, although unable to answer your medical queries, will ...

Getting to know Eduardo Ormaeche

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There are many things synonymous with the Birding Ecotours brand, and the name Eduardo Ormaeche is most certainly one of them! Having been around since soon...

Getting to know Dylan Vasapolli

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Dylan, affectionately known as ‘Vas’ by many of his colleagues, has to be one of the most enjoyable people to go birding with! He is known to get excited at…

Getting to know Andy Walker

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Birding Ecotours guide Andy Walker lives, dreams and breathes birds. This passionate pitta-lover took some time out to share his story with our guest blogger Rachel in this...

Getting to know Chris Lotz

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Chris Lotz is the passionate founder and owner of Birding Ecotours. Our guest blogger, Rachel, decided to ask him a few questions to get to know him better… Rachel: Please tell…

Know your birds – The Snowy Owl

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If there is one bird in the world that can lure even non-birders out to look for it, it’s the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). This regal, enigmatic bird has enraptured…

Know your birds – The Rail-babbler

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The Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus), a chocolate-brown rail-like passerine, with a distinctive white head band and patches of red-orange plumage is an unusual bird that seems to have left scientists ...

Know Your Birds – Southern Ground Hornbill

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The Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is a large bird, most frequently encountered on the ground, and conspicuously plumaged in striking red and ...

Know your Birds – African Jacana

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If there were an award for the best father in the bird world, it would undoubtedly go to the African Jacana or “lily-trotter” (Actophilornis flavirostris)  as this waterbird is often called ...

Know your Birds – Lilian’s Lovebird

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Go to All Blogs | African Birding Blogs | Know Your Birds Blogs “ It was upper and middle class women who, in many ways, established the hobby of bird-watching. They…

Know your Birds – The African Finfoot

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The Italian renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his flying machines. Not only did he wish to fly, but he also wanted to walk on…

Remote Madagascar and Comoros birding tour

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In November 2014, we did our first Malagasy “Owls of the World” ® tour, and it greatly exceeded expectations! We were seeking five of the world’s most localized ...

Birding the United States – East to West

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Birding has truly become a great international hobby that seems to be growing and growing. It is very exciting to see so many young folk (here in South Africa at…

Birding Monhegan Island, Maine

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Twelve miles off the coast of central Maine lies Monhegan Island. Monahigan, as it was originally known, means ‘Island of the Sea’. This spectacular little island is one and a…

The Biggest Week in American Birding – May 2017

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This May I again had the wonderful opportunity to represent Birding Ecotours at The Biggest Week in American Birding (BWIAB). The BWIAB is a 10-day long event ...

The Biggest Week in American Birding

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May is known as the best month for birding in the eastern part of the United States, and in particular for the spectacular spring migration that occurs during this time…

Cape Eagle-Owls located near Johannesburg!

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Jason Boyce, Justin Nicolau, Gary Nicolau, Peter Schoeman and Chris Lotz joined a few of the extremely helpful Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve staff to survey for owls...

Finding Owls, and an invitation to join our South African Owl Surveys

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Due to their nocturnal habits, we find that even talented birders are often unaware that their own neighbourhood is graced by owls. As one example, while African ...

How to distinguish between the Cape and Spotted Eagle-Owls

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Out in the field, and under the low light intensities that owls are seen in, Cape and Spotted Eagle-Owls can easily be, and often are, confused with each other. We…

The Famous Birding Cruise to Nowhere – Flock at Sea 2017

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GREY PETREL COMING DOWN PORTSIDE FROM THE BOW” were the words blasting through the miniscule speaker on the guides’ radios. This was of course ...

Cory’s vs. Scopoli’s Shearwater

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I’m sure many of you may know this already, but I for one have been largely ignorant about one of the relatively newly split species, Scopoli’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), within the…

Pelagic Birding with Birding Ecotours

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Pelagic Birding is a rather specific ‘art’ or aspect of birding, and it basically refers to an ocean-going trip taken on a boat in search of true ocean-going species, such…

Field Guides to Australasia and Oceania: what to take into the field

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Birds of New Guinea. Hooray, the second edition is now out and is AMAZING! Please buy it, whether or not you’re planning a trip to West Papua or PNG...

Field Guides to Europe: what to take into the field

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Collins (or the Princeton version, Birds of Europe) has been the standard in field guides for some time, and this second edition goes from strength to strength. The ...

Field Guides to North America: what to take into the field

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Field guides covering North America, in this context, include Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 of the United States. It does not include Hawaii, Greenland, Bermuda ...

Field Guides to the Neotropics: what to take into the field

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Birds of Mexico and northern Central America (Steve N.G. Howell and Sophie Webb). Though this book is almost twenty years old, it still stands up ...

Field Guides to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: what to take into the field

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A Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife (Shirihai). This is the second edition, and, as the name implies, it is very complete. All the bird species from ...

Field guides to Asia: what to take into the field

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Birds of the Middle East (Porter and Aspinall). This book covers Turkey, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, and the Saudi Peninsula. It has very good plates ...

Field guides to Africa and Madagascar: what to take into the field

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Collins Bird Guide/Birds of Europe (Svensson, Mullarney and Zetterström). This guide is the best for North Africa. It covers Morocco east to Egypt...

Bats of the Kruger National Park (Part 1)

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When people travel to the Kruger National Park they mostly go for the bigger animals, the “big five”, or even birds, but they always tend to overlook our gorgeous little…

Cory’s vs. Scopoli’s Shearwater

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I’m sure many of you may know this already, but I for one have been largely ignorant about one of the relatively newly split species, Scopoli’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), within the…
Northwest Argentina birding tours

Central Peru Trip Report, September 2019

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Our Central Peru tour 2019 was one of the most enjoyable trips along this great birding route. The trip is a fabulous, long drive across four Peruvian states, providing the…
Southwestern Australia trip report

Southwestern Australia Trip Report, December 2019

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This tour visited several main birding locations, these being Dryandra Woodland, Stirling Range, Cheynes Beach, Cape Leeuwin, and Busselton, as well as plenty of....
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Offshore Australia (Territories)

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Australia has numerous island territories, and these offer some great birding for the more adventurous, those chasing endemic birds, or those with a passion for seabirds...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Offshore Australia (pelagic)

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he waters around Australia offer practically unrivaled pelagic seabird watching potential. In some areas the time to get from the land to the continental shelf (where the...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Central and South Australia

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Central and South Australia combine well from a birdwatching point of view. Adelaide acts as a great entry way into the region and has some fantastic birding sites near the…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Tasmania

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Adjoined to the Australian mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia...
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Northern Australia

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Birding in the Northern Territory offers a huge range of possibilities. In the south there is Alice Springs – but that area is discussed in the Central and South Australia…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Western Australia

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Western Australia is a huge state, and there are loads of potential birding sites to visit. Perth is set in a beautiful coastal landscape (as are many Australian cities) and…
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia? Eastern Australia

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Eastern Australia offers many varied birding options, with cities such as Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne providing excellent entry points into the country....
Australia birding

Where to go birding in Australia?

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This is a frequently asked question. Australia is a large place (about the same size as the United States of America, or Europe), and this continent-country stretches from the tropics…
Namibia trip report

Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls Trip Report, November 2019

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Our Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls set-departure tour is always a popular one. We cover a large distance from west to east, which means we get to enjoy a broad...
New Zealand trip report

New Zealand – Custom Tour Trip Report, October 2019

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This custom birdwatching tour in New Zealand commenced in Dunedin, South Island, on the 19th of October 2019 and concluded in Auckland on the 4th of November 2019.

The Best of Madagascar, Birds and Wildlife Trip Report, October 2019

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A birding wonder of the world! The gigantic island off the east coast of Africa that is Madagascar truly is a must-see birding and wildlife destination. Our classic itinerary that…
Subtropical South Africa trip report

Subtropical South Africa Trip Report October 2019

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This set-departure Subtropical South Africa tour is a comprehensive tour of eastern south Africa that visits a number of South Africa’s major game reserves and includes...
Western Cape trip report

Western Cape 8-day Trip Report October 2019

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This short Cape tour was designed to provide a snapshot of what the beautiful Cape has to offer. The Cape has an incredibly high level of avian endemism (mostly due…
Kruger Escarpment trip report

Kruger National Park and Escarpment Trip Report October 2019

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The escarpment regions hold a variety of different habitats and can produce some really top birds, while the reputation of Kruger National Park speaks for itself.

Kenya: Birds and Other Wildlife, Custom Trip Report, September 2019

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Kenya is one of the most biodiversity rich countries in the world. It has varied ecosystems that support some important, unique, endemic, and endangered flora and fauna.

Birding the Bay of Pigs

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The Bay of Pigs is an area located in the inlet of the Gulf of Cazones, part of the Zapata Peninsula, on the south-western coast of Cuba. This bay is…

Mainland Alaska Scouting Trip Report, September 2019

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Alaska is the perfect combination of amazing birds, large mammals, quiet wilderness, and breathtaking landscapes and scenery.

Uganda Trip Report, August 2019

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What a fantastic country to go birding! If you are thinking about heading to east Africa for some birding, don’t overlook Uganda. Join us as we traverse through a mixture…