Monday, 17 October 2011

Destinations: Navarra - Spain

The Navarra region of Spain is a great birding destination with a range of diverse landscapes and habitats. In the south are steppes and wetlands, in the centre wooded hills and gorges, and in the north the magnificent mountains and pastures of the Pyrenees. Birds abound with raptors such as Lammergeier a major draw. Pamplona lies at the heart of the region and can be reached from Bilbao to the west, Zaragoza to the south, or through the mountains from France in the north.    

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Destinations: Langkawi Islands - Malaysia

This archipelago of more than 100 islands (Pulau Langkawi) lies off the north-west coast of Malaysia, up against the Thai border. They are a very popular holiday destination but away from the resorts still have some good forest, with hornbills and woodpeckers, and mudflats and paddy-fields which are good in migration periods. Mangroves, which are best worked on boat-tours, host a fascinating range of birds, fish and other wildlife. White-bellied Sea-Eagle is just one bird which is not hard to find around the coast. Access by plane or ferry from the mainland at Kuala Perlis or Kuala Kedah.