11 Bird Watching Heavens to Visit
January 5, 2017
Every passion needs to be nurtured. And things go double when your passion takes you to the great outdoors and pushes you to admire beautiful and amazing birds. Cute or majestic, these winged fellow creatures should not be caged. This is why bird watcher paradises are so popular for the people who truly appreciate nature, life and the wellbeing of the animals they claim they care for. And the great news is that, apart from getting to observe birds in their natural environment, there are a lot of great places to visit just for this purpose. We have made a short list of only 11 heavens. Let’s see where they are.
1. Papua New Guinea
What a colorful and exciting experience this will be! Papua New Guinea offers tremendous opportunities for bird watching and there are a lot of special tours organized for this, with or without guides, for the amateurs and for the experienced birdwatchers. Catching a glimpse of the elusive Beck’s Petrel or of the Victoria Crowned Pigeon are the main goals. But you can also see the Raggiana, the Blue Bird and the Fire maned Bowerbird.
2. Kruger Natural Park, South Africa
The best times to visit this park are in October and March when the bird population swells to approximately 200 species. People here say that even if you are not an avid bird watcher, once you come to Kruger you become one. What is more, no two trips to the park are similar, so you can never actually say that you have “been there, done that”.
3. Alaska, USA
Sure, it’s cold, windy and wet. Yet there is something about this place that draws bird watchers like a magnet. What can you see here? The Red Knots, the Rock and Sandpipers, the Willow Ptarmigans, the Aleutian Tern and the Arctic Loon. Taking a bird watching tour in Alaska may be an experience you have not yet considered, but one you might enjoy more than you expect.
4. Cape May, USA
Cape May County is a place with a large variety of habitats for migrating birds. We are talking about salt marshes, swamps, wet woods, pine forests, saltwater, open fields and grasslands among others. What is more, if you are planning a really educational trip, there is also the bird observatory where you can get all the bird information you need.
5. Otago Peninsula, New Zealand
The most of the Otago peninsula is maintained as a sanctuary for wildlife. Guided tours are a year-round opportunity. The abundant food source explains the diversity of wildlife. There is a catch among bird avid watchers, though: the rare sightings of Stewart Island Shag nests are the main prize.
6. Danube Delta, Romania
The Danube Delta is a paradise by anyone’s understanding and not only by that of bird watching enthusiasts. While traveling by slow boat through water canals of willows, thatch and oaks, visitors can see up to 3,000 species of birds, including cormorants, white tailed eagles and glossy ibises.
7. Manu National Park, Peru
The Manu National Park in Peru is one of the best places in the world for bird watching. There are over 1,025 registered species from a variety of ecosystems. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the small hummingbirds to the condors and the eagles.
8. Pichincha, Ecuador
Only imagine the kind of birds you could see in the Ecuador since this is a place where you can start your day among the snowcaps of the Andean valley, continue to a highland rain forest and get to a subtropical rainforest by noon. Now only imagine the kind of birds you would get the chance to see in such settings.
9. South of Spain
The whole region of the south of Spain is good for bird watching. You can choose between the Donana National Park, the Odiel Marshes Biosphere Reserve and the Extremadura area. The Ebro Delta, the Pyrenees and the Balearic Islands are other such places. They all come with different types of ecosystems, and different types of birds to see.
Borneo is a tropical paradise that offers you once in a lifetime chances to see certain types of birds. You can take a tour in the Kinabalu Park, of the Poring Hot Springs in Danau, or of the Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin Wildfire Reserve in Lahad Datu among other amazing places.
11. Rift Valley, Kenya
The Rift Valley Kenyan Park offers you the chance for a very relaxing bird watching experience. The area is prepared for tourists and you can simply walk alongside well prepared and competent bird guides, instead of being taken everywhere on a bus. The facilities of the park are great and the tours can be customized to make sure you make the best of this experience.
You can visit a place especially for the bird watching opportunity, or you can simply try out this hobby just because you made it all the way over there and you want to experience everything. Whatever your reasons for bird watching are, we know for sure you will enjoy the places in our list. They offer amazing scenery and a great diversity of birds. Who knows? You might just discover a new passion for it and you might want to explore some other places in our list. Give it a try and see how it feels.