India oh India, we cant’ wait to see you again!

On our last trip to India we again realized this is such an incredible destination and if you’re into birding, it definately needs a place on your wishlist.

We want to give you a sneek peak of what you can expect here with a virtual tour compiled by our expert-guide Marc Cronje. This will not only give you an insight of what the tour is all about but it will surely entice you to join us on the next tour in 2021.

For more info about this tour get in touch with us at info@naturetravelbirding.com

See what birding in Costa Rica is all about.

Costa Rica is a diverse birding destination with over 850 species of which seven are considered endemic and 19 are globally threatened.

You won’t get a better picture of what a tour is all about than from the expert-guide himself. We are sharing Marc Cronje’s virtual tour of his experience of Costa Rica to give you a peak of what you can expect from this extraordinary tour.

You can join us on the fabulous birding experience in 2021. For more info browse to Costa Rica Birding Tour or get in touch with our expert team at info@naturetravelbirding.com

Join Marc Cronje’s Virtual Tour in Uganda

If Uganda is on your list of birding destinations, this is a must watch! Our expert guide, Marc Cronje, takes you on a virtual tour, showing you beautiful Uganda and of course the spectacular birding opportunities and finds.

Sharing his personal experience of our Uganda Birding Tour will be more than enough to entice you to join the next birding tour in 2021.

For more info on this or any of our Birding Tours, get in touch with us on info@naturetravelbirding.com.

Why you should put birding in Tanzania on your wishlist…

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Did you know that Tanzania has one of the largest species lists of any African country?

Of the almost 1,100, over 800 species are resident and nearly 200 are regular migrants. 21 Species are endemic to Tanzania and a further 43 species are near-endemic. Tanzania’s 80 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) cover a total of more than 167,000 km2 or about 18% of the land area, and the country also boasts 16 national parks and wildlife reserves.  In fact, an incredible 38% of Tanzania’s land is protected in parks and reserves! 

Just look at the amazing birds…

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Except for the extraordinary birding opportunities Tanzania offers that classic “Out of Africa” landscapes, fantastic wildlife (including Big Five), geological wonders, cultural richness and amazing Afro-Arab-Indian cuisine.

Get in touch with us on info@naturetravelbirding.com

 

Seeing the national bird of Peru

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The national bird of Peru is readily identified by its fan-shaped crest and brilliant orange-red plumage, both of which are evident to a lesser degree even in the duller female.

The spectacularly bizarre Andean Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruvianus is perhaps the most popularly recognised bird of the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains of South America, and high up on the of “birds you have to see before you die” list.

On our latest trip to Peru we had the chance to see this amazing bird and our guide captured some video footage displaying the full beauty.

To see this incredible bird and many others almost equally fascinating and colourful, join us on our next Nature Travel Birding trip to Peru in August 2020 Not only will you see more than 500 species of birds, along with a chance of spotting a Jaguar, but you will also visit iconic Machu Picchu!

For more information, browse to Peru Birding our our site or talk to us on info@naturetravelbirding.com.

Finding the Shoebill in Uganda

On our Nature Travel Birding safaris to Uganda we often spend a morning in the Mabamba Swamp searching for one of Africa’s most sought after bird species; the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex).

The sheer surprise when this prehistoric-looking bird (also sometimes called the whalehead, whale-headed stork, or shoe-billed stork) flies up is an experience that stays with you forever, irrespective of how many world bird species you have on your list or how well-travelled you might think you are.

With its massive, highly conspicuous, shoe-like bill, and 140 cm height this bird looks like something from the age of the dinosaurs and is utterly unmistakable. In fact the Shoebill is a bird belonging to the group known as the Pelecaniformes and is more closely related to a pelican than a stork.

We are so privileged to have shared the sighting of this wonderful bird with our clients on our last Uganda Birding tour. Believe us when we say, the moment you see the Shoebill through your camera lens it unforgettable and exhilarating.

Our next birding tour to Uganda will depart in August 2020, hope you can join us so we can share this unforgettable experience.  You can get more info on the Uganda Birding tour on our website at Uganda Birding Tour.

The wonderful birds of Peru

In August 2020 we embark on a birding trip to Peru.  We’d love for you to join us.

With over 1850 bird species Peru has one of the biggest bird lists in the world, including an incredible 107 endemic species.  Peru offers bird enthusiasts more than any other country in the world.  Take a sneak peek at some of the spectacular birds of Peru.

For more info about this specific trip, browse to the Peru Birding Trip on our website or get in touch with us on info@naturetravelbirding.com.  Bookings are open for 2020.

Endemism in Madagascar

Endemism is the name of the game on Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island and home to some truly astonishing creatures. This endemism is as a result of the fact that the island has been isolated for almost 100 million years, when it broke off from India. This isolation has led to an abundance of fauna and flora species that occur nowhere else on the planet.

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Scientist recently discovered that this separation only in part explains Madagascar’s high endemism levels. A very intriguing fact is that many of these endemic plants and animals have very small distributions on the island, something that is called micro-endemism. The theory is that micro-climate changes and specific topographic patterns of rivers and lakes on the island led to specific adaptations in certain plants, birds and animals, in turn leading to brand new species over time.

Something else to ponder is the sad fact that since humans arrived on the island about 2,350 years ago, Madagascar has lost more than 90 percent of its original forests. We can only imagine what otherworldly creatures and plants existed before that time…
Today, Madagascar is rightly classified by Conservation International as a biodiversity hotspot. An almost unbelievable 80 percent of all the species (over 250,000) found in Madagascar are endemic.

This includes:
• six endemic bird families and a full 120 endemic bird species,
• the cat-like, carnivorous Fossa,
• over 200 endemic reptile species,
• the lemurs, Madagascar’s flagship mammal species,
• more than 100 endemic fish species, and
• an incredible 12,000 endemic plant species!

Some of the top endemic birds on the island include Madagascan Fish Eagle, Malagasy and Banded Kestrel, Malagasy Pond Heron, Madagascan Ibis, Madagascan Grebe, Meller’s Duck, Red Fody, Long-tailed, Short-legged, Pitta-like, Scaly and Rufous-headed Ground Roller, Velvet Asity, Helmet, Van Dam’s, Chabert and Rufous Vanga, Madagascan Buttonquail, Madagascan Sandgrouse, Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity and many more!

We still have limited space available on our September 2020 small-group, expert-guided birding trip to magical Madagascar. Enquire at info@naturetravelbirding.com for more info, or browse to our Madagascar Birding Tour on our website.