Birding

Best birding sites in Uganda

Some of Uganda’s top birding and wildlife sites

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Located only five miles (eight kilometers) from Entebbe International Airport, these beautiful and bird-rich gardens are reachable within a...
Top 10 birds of USA

Top 10 birds in the USA

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What is your choice of the top 10 birds in the USA? And what is your top birding experience in the USA? Here are the lists from a few of…
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...
Borneo family listing tour

Borneo: Sarawak Family Listing Tour for Rail-babbler and Crested Jay – July 2021

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After a few days birding in northern Sulawesi (at the incredible lowland site of Tangkoko National Park...
Halmahera birding adventure

Halmahera Birding Adventure – September 2020

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After a few days birding in northern Sulawesi (at the incredible lowland site of Tangkoko National Park and nearby...
Sulawesi birding blog

North Sulawesi Birding Adventure – September 2020

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The island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) offers some of the best birding in Indonesia, and that’s saying something for a country made up...
Covid-19 Birding Ecotours

Birding Ecotours and COVID-19

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We are now starting to run socially distanced birding day trips in places such as Norfolk in England, Ohio (where our American office is based) and across South...
Papua New Guinea birding tours

Attenborough’s Paradise: Papua New Guinea Birding Tours

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New Guinea immediately invokes the stuff of dreams amongst us birders, doesn’t it? It certainly does for legendary BBC wildlife ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ohio 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 ...
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…
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...
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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...

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,…

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...

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...

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…
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 ...

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…

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…

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....

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 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…
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 ...

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 ...

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…

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…

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…

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...