Sunday, 19 February 2017

Destinations: Kruger National Park, South Africa..

The Kruger National Park lies in the north-east of South Africa. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is one of the world's great wildlife areas. It covers over 19,000 km2, with savanna, bush, plains, woodlands and wetlands. Kruger is home to the so-called Big Five mammals - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Of course, there are many other animals, too, including a rich birdlife. The park has several camps, of quite high standard, and excursions can be arranged from these to see the key species. One can also self-drive the park on good, marked routes, but in most areas it is not allowed to leave vehicles.  

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Destinations: Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, Thailand

The Doi Pha Hom Pok is the northernmost national park in Thailand. It lies right on the border with Myanmar and is mountainous and mostly forested. It is a popular destination for birders and bird photographers. Indeed, so much so that the latter are asked to adhere to a few rules! Species birds here include Himalayan Cutia, Long-tailed Sibia, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Black-throated Bushtit, Mrs Hume's Pheasant and Giant Nuthatch. Access is from the settlements of Fang and Thaton (where there are various kinds of accommodation and restaurants, which the NP lacks), both of which are around 3 hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Wildlife: Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) Tanzania. These often misunderstood and misrepresented animals are real characters and make great photographic subjects.

Friday, 16 December 2016

An original tour to Austria and Hungary

Check out this new and original tour to Austria and Hungary for summer 2017! It takes in Birds, Butterflies, Culture... visiting many sites that until 1990 were along the so-called "Iron Curtain" and out-of-bounds. 

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.