With over ten thousand different bird species to choose from, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the resurgence of bird watching as a hobby. However, some of us don’t have the luxury to live in locations that offer much diversity. In this article, we’re going to showcase some of the world’s best destinations for bird watchers.
1. Peru, Manu National Park
What puts Manu National on this list is its immense 15000sq feet of untouched tropical forest offering tons of different habitats and over 1000 different bird species. While the park itself is not accessible, you can always watch birds by scouring the neighboring roads and paths surrounding the park. If you have any chance, you might have the chance to spot a magnificent frigate bird soaring through the air or one of the tundra bird species at the base.
2. Trinidad, Caroni Swamp
While the Caribbean is full of great birdwatching spots to choose from, Caroni Swamp is a must see for any bird lover. The country’s climate attracts thousands of tropical bird species from surrounding regions as well as migrating birds during the winter season. The best way to enjoy birdwatching in the region is by boat through the mangroves and canal that opens into a lake. You’ll have the chance to spot rare species like the scarlet ibis, which is the country’s national bird, and other species such as flycatchers and kingfishers.
3. South Africa, Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is not only a prime destination for bird lovers, but for wildlife lovers in general. The park has 6 species in particular that are prized by bird watchers. The park also doubles as a game reserve, spanning around 7700sq miles in total.
Some of the species you can spot there include the kori bustard, saddle-billed stork, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and southern ground hornbill. If you haven’t seen vultures up close before, you’ll have the chance to see quite a few hovering over the park.
The Luvuvhuriver in particular is another popular spot for more adventurous bird watchers and there are many safari groups that organize tours down the river in addition to safaris.
4.New Jersey, Cape May
You don’t necessarily have to go overseas if you want to see exotic bird species. Cape May in New Jersey is fast becoming a prime destination for bird watchers everywhere. What makes Cape May so attractive is the myriad of birds that flock to the region in the winter on their migration path down south. The best time of the year to visit the area is fall. You’ll have the chance to see all kinds of hawks, songbirds, shorebirds and seabirds in their natural habitat.
The world is full of great destinations for bird lovers, so don’t be afraid to look around and find a destination that fits your needs and budget. And don’t be afraid to explore local destinations as well, some of them might house some hidden gems as well.