Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Birding in Central & Eastern Europe

Birding in "Eastern Europe", from Austria into Hungary, up to the Baltic or down into the Balkans... these are the guys to use.  Some real birding and wildlife delights are in that region, as well as mammals and other wildlife.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Accommodation: El Séptimo Paraiso - Ecuador

The El Séptimo Paraiso Country Hotel & Cloud Forest Lodge lies in Mindo, Ecuador. It is coveniently located just one hour from the capital Quito. It is a superb birding and wildlife location, with wonderful facilities. It is run by a friendly owner, with multiligual staff, where study of the fauna and flora of the surrounding montane forests are ungoing. The over 300 bird species present include hummingbirds, woodpeckers and others which enter the lodge grounds. Photography opportunities are good. Excursions are arranged further afield to see even more great birds, butterflies and plants. Although not always easy to see, mammals include puma, spectacled bear, two-toed sloth and various primates. All in all, this is a highly recommended, quality lodge!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Smallest bird in the world

Cuba is a great birding destination. And many birds are fairly easy to get images of. Here is a Bee Hummingbird, the Zunzuncito, the smallest bird in the world at around 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) long, which is indeed only found in Cuba (Photo: Gerard Gorman).

Monday, 7 March 2016

Accommodation. Mr Deang's Birding Centre - Thailand

The Doi Inthanon National Park in northern Thailand is a mountain region popular with birders. At the heart of the area, by the main road, is Mr Deang's Birding Visitor Centre, It is a simple, but friendly and great place to stay, with chalets, a restaurant and good information available, often from Mr. Deang himself, as well as from all the other birders who stay here or drop by. 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Accommodation. The Owlet Lodge, Peru

The Owlet Lodge is situated in Abra Patricia Conservation Area in the cloud forest of the Amazonas Department in northern Peru. The Alto Mayo Forest, a key area on the so-called Northern Peru Birding Route, is close by. Tarapoto Airport is about 4 hours away. The lodge is named after the endangered Long-whiskered Owlet which guides from the lodge can take visitors to see. Other special birds, from many, locally include Ochre-fronted, Undulated and Pale-billed Antpittas, Common and Andean Potoos and various hummingbirds. The Critically Endangered Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey is also present. The lodge facilities are designed for birders, with a restaurant, en-suite bungalows, marked birding trails and feeders to attract birds to photographers. Importantly, staying at the lodge directly supports the conservation of the area.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Destinations: Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

The Cuc Phuong NP lies in northern Vietnam. It is a scenic forested limestone upland around 120km SW of Hanoi. There is a national park HQ that organises guides and excursions to the main sites. One can stay right in the park as there is a simple but more than adequate guesthouse and a restaurant. The staff are very helpful. Special wildlife includes the rare primate Delacour's Langur and Red-collared Woodpecker. It is a place to take one's time, walking and trekking in search of wildlife, with mornings and evenings definitely best.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Crane Migration in Hungary

Every autumn over 100,000 Common Cranes (Grus grus) pass through and linger in eastern Hungary. Watching them and listeneing to them at dusk as they go to roost is a great event, one of Europe's top birding spectaculars. Photo of this group in the twilight by Gerard Gorman: www.probirder.com

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Accommodation: Metsola Apartments, Spanish Pyrenees

The Metsola Apartments are located in the quaint village of Isaba, in the Roncal Valley, Navarra, Spain. This is an excellent base from which to explore the Western Pyrenees. The rooms are high standard, with a kitchen and free WIFI. No meals are served, but several eateries of all types are nearby. The very helpful staff speak several languages. The surrounding area is very scenic, in all seasons, and rich in birds, especially raptors. Wild Cat, Alpine Chamois and Alpine Marmot also occur. All in all, Metsola is a quality option for wildlife travellers to this beautiful mountain region.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cattle Egret & Water Buffalo.

This Cattle Egret was rudely photo-bombed by a Water Buffalo. South Andaman, Andaman Islands, India.