If you’re a keen bird watcher, it can be pretty boring sitting in your garden and watching the same old birds come and go. You strive for more, but you don’t know where to find it? Well, bird watching vacations and trips are becoming increasingly common, and give you the chance to see some of the most exotic birds the world has to offer. And you can get some great photos for your album! (And soak up a bit of new culture at the same time).
Costa Rica is not only one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, but it is also one of the most diverse destinations in terms of birds and wildlife. The whole of Costa Rica is teeming with national parks, nature reserves and wide open spaces for these winged beasts to roam free – perfect for the avid bird watcher. There are hundreds of bird species in Costa Rica, from colorful parrots to hummingbirds, to toucans and quetzals – you can’t find these birds at home! The most successful bird watching destination in Costa Rica is the Wilson Botanical Gardens, where bird watchers have recorded over 300 species of bird.
Colca Canyon, Peru
Being a bird watcher is all about finding the biggest and the best bird on the market – but what if you could do this while trekking through the mountains of Peru? Well, if you’re looking to spot the Andean Condor, this is what you’ll have to do. The Andean Condor is one of the largest birds in the world and can grow a wingspan of up to 3m long! Because they are endangered, the birds are incredibly elusive and difficult to spot, but the Colca Canyon is their favorite hide-out spot. They nest in the rocky precipices and take flight every so often, so keep your eyes peeled.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
We don’t know why anyone would turn down an opportunity to visit South Africa, especially when you can witness some of the most incredible species of bird in the world. Kruger National Park is one of the most impressive parks in South Africa, and the migrant spot for over 200 species of bird between the months of October and March. For the rest of the year, Kruger National Park is home to the Big Six; the martial eagle, the Pel’s fishing owl, the Kori bustard, the southern ground hornbill, the saddle-billed stork and the Lappet-faced vulture.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park in the United States of America is one of the most popular national parks in the world and one of the best places to spot the USA’s symbol – the Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle is incredibly difficult to spot, but the park is teeming with over 18 nests, meaning there is fair game to snap a picture of the incredible bird. They normally live near bodies of water, so pay attention when you walk past any streams, lakes or rivers.
The United Kingdom is home to some of the most beautiful birds in the world – and if you’re planning on taking a birdwatching trip in the UK, Norfolk is the only place to go. With its incredible diverse range of landscapes and habitats, the birds here are incredibly diverse thanks to its marshland, sand dunes, nature reserves, and lagoons; it’s the perfect breeding ground. Expect to see warblers, godwits, spot bitterns, and the marsh harrier here.