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Taking a Bird Watching Holiday

Bird watching has fast become one of the most popular hobbies in the World. What used to be just a backyard interest has morphed into extensive bird watching holidays. You can choose between a weekend getaway to a 14-day extravaganza full of rare and interesting birds to watch.

There are more than 1000 different species of birds in the United States alone, all of which are unique in their own way. They all have different call patterns, sounds, shapes, and even different beaks. As a bird watcher you have about half a second to distinguish between the birds just by seeing how it moves through the trees, or the shape of the wings. For the beginner bird watcher it is frustrating out there alone, not knowing what to look for, or what type of bird you have discovered. That is why a bird watching holiday can be quite an adventure for you, as well as a time for you to learn a hobby that you will soon fall in love with. Usually bird watching holidays are guided tours with a large group of people who love to help others discover the love of bird watching.

Where to Go On a Bird Watching Holiday

The possibilities are endless when deciding where to go on a bird watching holiday. Here are just a select few that have been rated some of the best bird watching in the world. Costa Rica has often been considered a Mecca of bird watching. With such exquisite locations such as the reserve of Bosque de Paz and the La Ensenada refuge Costa Rica is one of the most popular bird watching holidays to be found.

South Africa often has bird watching holidays to Kruger Park, Pretoria, Hluhuwe Game Reserve, and everywhere in between. Birders can experience a great variety of local birds, migrants, and endemic birds that make up the almost 850 species that can be found in this stunning location.

During a winter bird watching holiday, you may want to find yourself on the sandy beaches of The Grand Bahama Island. Grand Bahama Island has the distinction of being the 2nd most bird-populated island in the Bahamas. The Rand Nature Centre is home to West Indian Flamingos, Red-legged Thrushes, the endangered Bahama parrot, as well as numerous other species of birds. While kayaking in the crystal clear water you will have the chance to see rare birds that live in the Mangrove swamps, and the Caribbean Pine Forest.

Opportunities abound on any of these bird watching holidays. It is up to you to choose one that takes you both to a beautiful location and one that will thrill your bird enthusiast soul.