6 Unusual Bird Watching Destinations

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6 Unusual Destinations for a Bird Watching Holiday  

Traveling is an opportunity for discovery, learning, and relaxation. If you are looking for one activity that can deliver all of these, you should try bird watching, which is also perfect for photographers. Clueless about where specifically should you be heading? Keep on reading and learn more about five of the best destinations to check out.

Clueless about where specifically should you be heading? Keep on reading and learn more about six of the best destinations to check out.

Costa Rica

A lot of people may be aware of Costa Rica because of its lush rainforests and pristine wilderness.

The natural beauty of the country is also perhaps the reason it makes a great choice for birding. Among others, one of the best places you might want to check out is Monteverde Cloud Forest, which is a natural wonder. It has various ecological zones, which is also the reason why you can expect diversity of bird species. In fact, there are more than 400 species that you can find in this place alone. One of the most beautiful that you can possibly spot is the Resplendent Quetzal.

The Carara National Park is also an excellent destination, which is the home of the colorful Scarlet Macaw.
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Estonia

When you think about the best bird watching destinations in Europe, Estonia should be on the list. The country has a size of only 45,200 square kilometers, but it is gifted with prolific landscapes that make it an excellent sanctuary for birds. It is home to more than 322 species of birds. Out of which, 222 are breeding birds. From the common to the exotic, there is an endless list of birds that you can encounter when in Estonia, such as black stork, great snipe, and

The country has a size of only 45,200 square kilometers, but it is gifted with prolific landscapes that make it an excellent sanctuary for birds. It is home to more than 322 species of birds. Out of which, 222 are breeding birds. From the common to the exotic, there is an endless list of birds that you can encounter when in Estonia, such as black stork, great snipe, and

From the common to the exotic, there is an endless list of birds that you can encounter when in Estonia, such as black stork, great snipe, and arctic waterfowl.

It is important to perfectly time your visit to be sure that you can see the birds that you want to encounter. For example, if you want to see Steller’s Eider (the most endangered sea duck on the continent) visit from January to April.

Visiting Estonia will also provide you with lots of other interesting things to see and do, so you may want to include a sightseeing tour to your trip.

Dubai

When you think of Dubai, you are likely to think of artificial islands and luxurious shopping malls rather than nature and wildlife, but Dubai is actually a popular spot for birdwatchers.  You can see a whole variety of migrating birds here, and if you like flamingos then you have to visit Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, where they gather in their hundreds.

If you are interested in seeing what Dubai has to offer, go on a tour with a bird guide, and you won’t be disappointed. Whilst you’re more likely to see flamingos during winter, if you are visiting during summer you may see the crested honey buzzard, white-cheeked tern and the yellow-throated sparrow.

Croatia

It may not be there yet, but for many, Croatia is one of the best emerging destinations for birding enthusiasts. Located on the Eastern Coast of the Adriatic Sea, it is in the migration corridor of Europe, making it one of the passageways of migratory birds. This is perhaps the reason why it is being recognized as an underrated gem. It is also important to note that 69 of the birds in Croatia are considered as threatened in European level and 21 in international level. Some of the most popular birds that you can find in the country include Cor’s Shearwater, White and Black Storks, Hoopoe Roller, Griffon Vultures, European Woodpecker Larks, and Golden Oriole. The alluvial forests, high mountain ranges, and huge forests are just some of the reasons why the country is a paradise for bird lovers.

It is also important to note that 69 of the birds in Croatia are considered as threatened in Europe and 21 are considered threatened internationally.

Some of the most popular birds that you can find in the country include Cor’s Shearwater, White and Black Storks, Hoopoe Roller, Griffon Vultures, European Woodpecker Larks, and Golden Oriole. The alluvial forests, high mountain ranges, and huge forests are just some of the reasons why the country is a paradise for bird lovers.

Botswana

A Botswana safari is the perfect activity for seeing a whole variety of animals, but the opportunity for bird watching is particularly good in this underrated southern African nation.

There are many spots in Botswana that are perfect for birding holidays. One that should be on your list is the Okavango Delta, which is recognized as the best wetland on the continent. The Chobe River is also a commonly recommended bird-rich destination. Meanwhile, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the largest of its kind in Africa, is also a top pick.

Some of the birds that you can see around the country include Western-Banded Snake Eagle, Brown Firefinch, Greater Swamp Warbler, Green Pigeons, and Woodland Kingfishers. More than just the abundance of birds, you will have plenty of accommodations and other activities to enjoy, which will surely be contributory to having a one-of-a-kind holiday.

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Philippines

This tropical paradise may not usually be on the bucket lists of many people, but there are lots of reasons to love the Philippines. It is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and most importantly, known for its warmth and hospitality.

One unique activity that you can enjoy in the country is birdwatching. June is a good time to visit. Among other places, one you should check out is the Kitanglad Mountains, which has a towering height of over 10,000 feet. This is a good place to see the Philippine eagle, as well as giant scops owl, Apo myna, and Bukidnon woodcock. Candaba Wetlands and Bird Sanctuary is also a top pick, which is known for its blue-tailed bee-eaters.

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    • Lord Howe Island has been on my radar (and my bucket list) for a long time now. My Mum turned down a job teaching there when I was younger, and every time I see a photo of it now I realise what a missed opportunity it was.

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