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Ecuador birding

Timing your birding trip to Ecuador – which are the best months?

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What time of the year is best for visiting Ecuador (both the mainland and the Galapagos Islands) to see and photograph birds and other wildlife?...
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...
Indian Subcontinent birding

New and Exciting Indian Subcontinent Tours

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You may think that Andy has just been sitting by his swimming pool in Bali, Indonesia for the last four months, that is only partially true! He has also ...
Local guide fund

Birding Ecotours Local Community and Local Birding Guide Relief Effort

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Being a global tour company we have developed deep and lasting friendships and business relationships with many people all over the ...
Guyana birding

Guyana: The Lost World

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Early this year I had the privilege to visit Guyana for the first time, and I fell in love with this spectacular country. Flying above the Guyanese jungle watching unbroken…
South African photographic journey

South Africa’s special birds and other amazing wildlife: a photographic journey

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South Africa is blessed with a stunning array of dazzling birds. It is easy to see well over 500 bird species ...
County big year list

A County Big Year During COVID-19

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It’s mid-May, and my fourteenth year teaching organic chemistry just ended. It was quite the unusual semester since the COVID-19 pandemic forced all college ...
Covid-19 Birding Ecotours

Birding Ecotours and COVID-19

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an international health emergency. Hardest hit are some countries in Europe (especially Italy), the Middle East, and of course the Far...
When to visit Costa Rica

When is the best time for birding in Costa Rica?

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We run our set departure birding tours to Costa Rica between January and March each year. Some of the reasons for this are as follows...
Birding Ecotours Certificate promotion

Birding Ecotours Special Certificate Promotion!

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We understand that the world is in a current state of uncertainty, and this creates difficulties when planning and booking your next amazing birding trip...
Birdlife South African community bird guides

BirdLife South Africa’s Community Bird Guide Relief Fund

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There are over 10 000 species of bird in the world. Each one is wonderful in its own special way. However, that number is just too big for anyone to…
Best time to visit kruger national park

When is the best season to visit South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park?

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The usual recommendation is May through September (the dry season), but this applies largely to “Big 5 safaris” and standard wildlife photographic

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…
Which taxonomy to use

Which world bird list/taxonomy to use for your life-list: a comparison between the major ones

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In this article I compare three of the main world bird lists. I then also discuss why these lists give different...
eBird blog Birding Ecotours

Birding Ecotours Team eBird Update!

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Nearly a quarter of the year is already over, and our team has logged almost a quarter of the world’s bird species in that time during our tours! We started…
Prince Edwards Islands

A rare opportunity to increase your South African bird list by visiting the Prince Edward Islands: Flock to Marion 2022!

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How about seeing King Penguin, Macaroni Penguin, Southern Rockhopper...
Sulawesi birding adventure

Sulawesi Birding Adventure – Part 3

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The Maleo is a megapode, but unlike most others that are very similar-looking brownish birds it is blue, black, and white with an elaborate blue-and-yellow face...
Sulawesi birding adventure

Sulawesi Birding Adventure – Part 2

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There were a few targets I wanted to look for; the first was Maleo, the rather unique-looking, endemic megapode, and the second was the stunning Sula Pitta...
Sulawesi birding adventure

Sulawesi Birding Adventure – Part 1

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There were a few targets I wanted to look for; the first was Maleo, the rather unique-looking, endemic megapode, and the second was the stunning Sula Pitta...
Legal bird tour operators

Is your birding tour operator legal?

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This short article focuses on what questions you should be asking before booking a tour to South Africa or Namibia, with briefer mention of some other countries...

BirdLife South Africa’s List of South African Birds

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South Africa’s premier bird conservation organization, BirdLife South Africa, is responsible for keeping the country’s bird list updated annually. A hard ...

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 2019 Every birder dreams of seeing the world’s most beautiful birds,…

What to bring on a birding tour

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We have compiled a list of important items we believe are useful and necessary to bring along when you join one of our birding tours to help enjoy your time…

When is the best time to visit South Africa for birding and wildlife?

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Many birders ask the same question “when is the best time to visit South Africa for birds, African megafauna, plants, etc.”. Here we try to answer this...

When is the best time for birders and wildlife enthusiasts to visit Madagascar?

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Go to All Blogs | Best to visit  Blogs | Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Blogs | Madagascar Birding Tours Since we so often get asked the question “when is the best time…

When is the best time to visit Namibia and Botswana for birding?

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Much of Namibia has a typical desert climate. This means hot, dry summers (although often pleasant at night), and very mild winters (nicely warm...

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...

Tipping guidelines for birding tours

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Tipping is (of course!) not compulsory on any of our tours, but most tour participants do tip guides and other ground staff members if they feel they’ve worked hard and…

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…

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…
What to bring on a birding tour

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...

Gulls simplified: A comparative Approach to Identification

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It’s actually rare for us to review a book here on the Birding Ecotours blog (apart from recommending the best bird field guides for each country on earth - please…

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…
Ethiopian conservation youth awareness

Discovering nature: Creating nature awareness in Ethiopian youth

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With the increase of world population and the need to feed, house, clothe, and fulfill energy needs of nations, our world has progressively become more inhospitable ...
Group tour expectations

Expectations and Rules for Group Tours

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Thank you for joining a small group tour, and we trust you will have a truly wonderful experience. If you are on a group tour with more than ...

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 ...
Dominic Rollinson - Birding Ecotours

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…
Eduardo Ormaeche - Birding Ecotours

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 “larky” spin through the Northern Cape of South Africa

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Larks, larks, larks … and more wonderful larks! The arid Northern Cape of South Africa is very well known for many wonderful species of larks, including seven ...

Hummingbirds of Peru – Marvelous Spatuletail and 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 ...

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…

Birding in southern Africa

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85 % of the bird species of the southern third of Africa (705 species out of 829 regularly occurring ones), and an amazing 82 mammal species, seen in two months…

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…

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...
Dylan Vasapolli - Birding Ecotours

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…

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

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...

Chamberlain’s Field Guides – LBJs and Waders of southern Africa

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Go to All Blogs | Bird Book Reviews By John Kinghorn   It is not often that one would associate a well-known local hardware store with the publication of some…

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 ...

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 ...

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...

How to choose a birding tour

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There’s a vast array of bird tours available out there. To illustrate this point, Birding Ecotours alone offers a plethora of different trips just to Peru (not to mention all…

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…

Visiting Guatemala: How, when and where

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The weather in Guatemala can change from hot and humid on the Pacific coast to cool and damp in the cloud forest. The best time to visit is from December…

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…

Guatemala: An Overlooked Central American Gem?

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Guatemala may not be high on every traveler’s radar when planning a birdwatching trip, but the country holds fantastic birding highlights and is shrouded in a ...

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

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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 of Africa

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 Peru – 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 ...

How to distinguish between 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…