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How do I buy the best binoculars for travel?

Especially when traveling for ecotourism and/or adventure (or also for attending events), a good set of binoculars is a boon - an not infrequently even a necessity. Gеnеrаllу ѕреаkіng, there are five categories that any nеwсоmеr to орtісѕ ѕhоuld bе аwаrе оf. They оvеrlар but аlѕо dіffеr in vаrіоuѕ wауѕ bесаuѕе they're designed fоr a vаrіеtу оf рurроѕеѕ. In this post I will highlight three саtеgоrіеѕ and whаt thе kеу features are that уоu ѕhоuld bе looking fоr whеn buying thе best compact…

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4 key tools for birdwatching

Birding usually does not involve lots of fancy equipment like other outdoor activities. All you need is your vigor to search for different and beautiful species of birds, along with a bit of patience. But in order to make the most out of your experience, you may need the help of just a small handful of simple, non-high-tech items: read post

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St. Maarten's latest attraction is really for the birds

Nothing wrong with joining the crowds at Maho Bay to stand about five feet under jumbo jets coming in for a landing (what could possibly go wrong?), but I have a new favorite in Dutch Sint Maarten: Parotte Ville. It's really three attractions, because it includes an immense walk-in aviary for parrots, a heritage museum, and a medicinal herb garden. And I was amused to learn that the visionary behind Parotte Ville is a man named George Parotte, but this shouldn't have surprised me. After all,…

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  • If you don't mind a little tromping about in the cold, winter birding can be just as rewarding as any other time of year. Here's an example from Massachusetts:
  • Oasis Eco Camp is an exclusive family friendly, alcohol free getaway on the shores of Lake Elementaita Kenya. Set in the midst of a natural acacia forest and bushes, it is home to abundant birdlife, with the lake area boasting of over 450 species of birds.

    The camp provides a serene, quiet and peaceful natural environment, conducive for romantic getaways, family retreats, friends getaways, birding enthusiasts, bush weddings and for corporate team building. The camp has been designed with minimum impact on the environment.

    Accomodation ranges from self catering cottages, catered bandas, safari style large walk in tents to a campsite by the Lake. All the rooms are furnished with comfortable rustic beds with warm  linen and are suited with clean modern flush toilets with hot showers and are solar powered.

    Attractions and activities include,birding walks along the lake with a dip at the lakes hotspring, hiking and biking to nearby hills, bush breakfasts by the lake. Being centrally located, the camp can be used as a base to tours Lake Nakuru Park, Menengai Crater, Kariandusi prehistoric site and Hells Gate park . Its proximity from Nairobi, an hour and half's drive from city towards Nakuru, makes it the perfect GETAWAY!

  • Birds, birds and more birds. Stay at our camp by the shores of Lake Elementaita, an important bird area and recently declared world heritage site. Chance of seeing over 300 species of birds


    Samburu game reserve 2 Nights.

    Lake Nakuru.N.Park 2 Nights.

    Lake Baringo/Lake Bogoria 2 Nights.

    Kakamega Forest 1 Night.

    Lake Victoria 1 Night.

    Maasai Mara Game Reserve 3 Nights.

    The above mentioned tour will be conducted with the help of an expert bird guide and its open to individuals and groups.All mentioned areas to visit are classified as IMPORTANT BIRD AREAS IN KENYA.

    Please contact us on for any enquiry.

  • You have until the 16th of January 2012 to book a vacation for any date in 2012 to take advantage of this special offer.
    Book four (4) nights and receive a complimentary 4 hr bird watching tour with Dr. Dirdy the bird specialist. A hike that takes you through the Syndicate estate in the Northern Forest Reserve in Dominica. See birds like the Sisserou (Amazon Imperialis) the National bird of the island among other very interesting species.
    OR, Book 7 nights pay for six and receive a complimentary half day tour with Mr. Moise Arlingnton of Cool Breeze Tours. the ground tour Specialist. This tour could take you to visit some of the most exotic natural attractions on the island; Waterfalls, Rivers, Lakes, Boiling lake, Hot Springs, National Parks, and even a visit to the indigenous people in Dominica, the only existing indigenous community in the Caribbean.

    Take advantage of this promotion. Book now and make your dream vacation a reality.

    More info. call 1 (767) 4466522 or email or visit our website.

    Sunset Bay Club Beach Resort & SeaSide Dive Resort at Dominica
    The Sunset Bay Club at Dominica, a true beach front All-in Caribbean hotel, 14 rooms
  • Are you planning to view the birds at Point Pelee National Park in southwestern Ontario in the New Year?

    Canada's top seasonal fine dining restaurant, Rundles, will celebrate its 35th year in 2012.

    Rundles reopens on Friday, May 25th, and closes after services on Saturday, September 29th, 2012.  

    Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

  • Wish I could make it, Corne; this looks like the perfect birding course.

  • Hi Guys

    Below is some information on the birding
    course “Birding in the Bush” available at EcoTraining Camps in South Africa and

    This Training Course has been designed to cater for those who wish to learn the basics of Bird Identification or improve their existing identification skills.

    It is very much a practical course, although there are some lectures which include the following:

    Birding Ethics and Code of Conduct

    Birding Equipment
    Bird Anatomy and Physiology

    Species Identification in the field

    Courses incorporate theory sessions during the day and practical bird identification sessions of early morning and late afternoon drive/walks. 
    Usually, the theory session is held after breakfast or before departing on the
    afternoon walk or drive.


    2012 Dates available

    6 March – 12 March – Kruger national park (Makuleke private concession)

    20 September – 26 September – Botswana (Mashatu Game reserve)

    21 October – 27 October - Kruger national park (Makuleke private concession)

    9 December – 15 December – Greater Kruger Biome – Karongwe Game reserve

    Contact for more information or visit our website at


  • Volunteering at Zealandia nature sanctuary today. Lots of oddball birds here; hope to see some baby kiwis. Have you done this sort of thing?

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  • Fam trips to our Oasis Camp Lake Elementaita at USD 40 per person fullboard.

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