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Nestled amidst the Eastern Himalayas, the enchanting state of Sikkim is not only known for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine alpine lakes, and majestic mountains but is also a haven for bird enthusiasts. With over 550 species of birds, including some rare and endangered ones, birdwatching is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating things to do in Sikkim. This comprehensive guide will help you uncover the avian wonders of Sikkim and introduce you to some of the best places to visit in Sikkim

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Located in the prefecture of Serres, not far from Thessaloniki, Lake Kerkini truly captivates visitors, despite the fact that it is an artificial reservoir, as today it's become a very important wetland of Greece, giving shelter to many seldom seen aquatic bird species. We had the chance to make the tour of the lake, one of the country's premier birding sites, one day last summer, when the water shone blue and the birds were refreshing themselves in the water continuously. There and on the oliv

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Panama is well-known for its famous Panama Canal, the modern Panama City, and its idyllic islands. Now, thanks to a newly created wildlife refuge, Panama is one of the best destinations for bird lovers in the Americas.

9008931899?profile=originalRecently on World Wetlands Day – February 2 – Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela officially created the Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge. The huge five-million-acre expanse of estuaries, mangroves, swamp forests, freshwater pools and intertidal mudflats of the Panama Bay is

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Some of the world’s best bird-watching is in Costa Rica, especially in the Caribbean region at Veragua Rainforest.

This time of year is a special time for birdwatchers. Equipped with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, avid birders throughout the Americas brave snow, wind, rain, and even tropical sun, to take part in the annual Christmas Bird Count.

Costa Rica holds the record in Central America for the highest number of birds counted in a 24-hour period, during the Christmas Bird Count on

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A green island of red-headed cranes

If you visit Tram Chim National Park in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap during the time of day when the highest tides occur, normally from August to November, you can take a motorboat ride through forests rich with plants and flowers and green cajeput trees.

Tram Chim National Park is an eco-tourist area known as a “green island” with a typical natural landscape of the submerged region of Dong Thap Muoi. The park is home to many botanical species and nearly 200 species of water birds which

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Just like Maasai Mara game reserve, Lake Nakuru national park also receives a big number of tourists most of whom happen to be lovers of bird watching safaris. Covering an area of about 188 square kilometers, Lake Nakuru forms one of the most famous Rift valley lakes. It is known worldwide for its abundance of flamingos and other over 400 different species of birdlife.

Lake Nakuru national park was created two years before Kenya gained its internal independence, 1961. Its water is alkaline just l

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This time of year, the crisp fall weather of the north sends birds packing south to warm tropical climates. Bird migration season in Costa Rica is here.

According to the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, approximately 350 bird species from the United States and Canada migrate south to winter in the Neotropics of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. These birds include raptors, vultures, waterfowl, shorebirds, and passerine species such as hummingbirds, thrushes, warbl

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Cano Negro everglades in Costa Rica

Rainy season in Costa Rica
is the best time to visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Known as the “everglades of Costa Rica”, its 25,100 acres have been designated a “world protected area” by conservation groups like the Ramsar Convention, for being home to some of the world’s rarest plant, animal and bird species.

Cano-Negro-everglades-2.jpg?width=300Located near Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua, by the small town of Los Chiles, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places for bird-watching in Costa Rica. The

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Arenal Volcano Costa Rica

Arenal-Volcano-erupting-2006-courtesy-of-wikipedia-300x200.jpg?width=234Two must-see destinations on your Costa Rica vacation are the Arenal Volcano and Northern Plains of Costa Rica.

The tall, impressive Arenal Volcano rises 5,437 feet above the verdant rainforest and neighboring Lake Arenal, framing the skyline with its near perfect cone shape. The spectacular live volcano is easily one of the most photographed landscapes in Costa Rica.

Formed nearly 7,000 years ago, after four centuries of inactivity, Arenal Volcano roared into life with the famous 1968 eruption.

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Scarlet-Macaw-300x225.jpg?width=300If you think bird-watching is, well, “for the birds”, then you haven’t traveled to Costa Rica. The first time you see a brilliant flash of scarlet, yellow and blue fly past – a Scarlet Macaw, or the bright yellow and black with the multicolored beak of a toucan, or the iridescent flitting jewel of a hummingbird, you’ll be hooked.

Soon, you’ll be asking, “Hey, what kind of bird is that?” You’ll remember names and start noticing movement in trees and bushes. You’ll find yourself taking photos of vi

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A flash of brilliant red, blue and yellow, and a loud raucous squawk, and you know you are in the jungle. There is nothing quite like the sight of wild Scarlet Macaws flying overhead or contentedly gathered in bunches in a treetop to give you the full feeling of being in the tropics.

Scarlet Macaw released on Osa Peninsula, photo by ARA ProjectTheir distinctive noisy cry carries for miles, so you usually hear them before you see them. When you do sight a Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), they are a breathtaking rainbow of colors – fire engine red bodies with suns

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Costa Rica a Birdwatching Powerhouse

Birds Costa Rica - ToucanIf bird-watching is your passion, then you definitely want to add Costa Rica to your “Top 10 list of places to go birding.” The small Central American country is home to more than 870 bird species – more than in all of the United States, Canada and Mexico combined – and is a bird-watching hotspot. A single day of bird-watching in this enchanted corner of the globe can earn sightings of up to 85 to 150 different species.

Costa Rica’s strategic location in the tropics bridging North and South Ameri

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9008774687?profile=originalOne of the most brilliantly beautiful tropical birds is definitely the scarlet macaw (Ara macao). Its loud, raucous squawks carry for miles, so usually you hear them before you see them. When you do sight a Scarlet Macaw in the wild, they are breathtaking – fire engine red bodies with sunshine yellow and royal blue wing feathers tinged with a bit of green, and a distinct stark white patch around both eyes.

An endangered species, scarlet macaws live in tropical forests from Mexico to South America

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Birding in India's Corbett National Park

Watching different kinds of birds and their activities enchants many of us even if we're not be avid bird watchers. The colours of their feathers, the shape of their beaks, their chirping sounds, are all quite interesting to witness. Corbett National Park, being situated in between the Himalayan foothills and the Indo-Gangetic plains, offers an excellent habitat for all kinds of birds, and therefore, this activity can be undertaken while one is staying at Corbett resorts. The forests, the hills

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by Shannon Farley

Costa Rica’s 2012 “Christmas Bird Count at Veragua Rainforest Research & Adventure near Limón scored great success.

A Little Owl photographed at Veragua Rainforest near Limon in Costa Rica

A historic number of 417 different bird species, and 12,665 individual birds, were identified in a 24-hour period – the highest number registered in Central America for the annual bird count. Beginning at 12:00 a.m. on December 5 and finishing at midnight the same day, 67 ornithologists, naturalist guides, university students and bird enthusiasts covered 19 routes

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Portugal has been a wonderful destination for birdwatching and one of the country’s best birdwatching areas is Sado estuary in Setubal. If you are a birdwatching fan and you haven’t visited this place before, then the range of species here might well surprise you.

The Sado estuary is a Ramsar site of international importance. Here you can watch around 70.000 birds of more than 250 different species, all year round. The estuary incorporates a number of different habitats, ranging from inter-tidal

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Birding in Rajasthan

In India, Rajasthan is a famous state situated in north-west region of the country. The state is renowned for its abundant of astonishing tourism sightseeing and marvelous holiday destinations. Historical monuments are the major attractions. Holidaymakers can find many numbers of wonderful forts and spots located in several cities, apart from that the city is also very famed for wildlife tourism. Keoladeo national parks and Ranthambore are the two major wildlife reserve of Rajasthan.  Every year

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Remarkable African Birds

I love birds. I really enjoy tracking birds especially during my private Tanzania camping holidays or as I enjoy my budget Kenya Safari trips. Birds are beautiful creatures with a very simple life. Their lifestyle is simple and adorable. Most of their life is spent looking for food and composing wonderful melodious songs that form a crucial part of our films and songs. I like the way they are organized by nature in such a way, that a particular species of birds will participate in completing the

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9008697453?profile=originalLake Manyara is Tanzania’s bird watching paradise which stretches for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment; Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting explained by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through lake Manyara’s ecosystem offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

As you enter the gate of Lake Manyara as part of your Tanzania safari trip destination, the road winds throug

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