Best birding Opportunities in Islands and Highlands
Span your wings and get ready for some interesting encounters of the bird kind. Here , we introduce you to effective ways of finding and digitally capturing feathered friends in some beautiful locales and far-flung places.
Greater Bird-of-Paradise in Indonesia
Coming in close proximity to some of the remote landscapes that are home to these magnificent bird species is quite as exciting as actually viewing the bird. The course to take is usually up: uphill, up-river, or looking upwards in rainforests. The local inhabitants definitely know the whereabouts of local dancing trees or the venues where large groups of prancing and preening males meet during dusk and dawn -to show off their stu? in front of admiring females.
Where to go: Wasur National Park, located near Merauke, an eastern town in Indonesia, is one of the best places to start your birding campaigns in Indonesia. If you fail to understand or speak the local dialect, then it is a good idea to invest in a point-and-ask pictorial dictionary.(image by 掌櫃)
Line Islands Warbler in Kiritimati (Christmas Island) at Kiribati
The distinguished warbler–the only native land bird inhabiting Kiritimati is endemic to just two small islands in the Pacific Ocean. Birdwatchers in the region can look forward to seeing thriving resident colonies of diverse seabirds: terns, frigate birds, and boobies affording plenty of diverse feathered action. The presence of the bird is a victory over geography and isolation -with your presence on the island being nothing short of a victory too. Here, you will find locals traveling by sea, with flight schedule being whimsical and the occasional yachtie making a landfall.
How to go : You may like to check out the schedules of Air Pacific for all current flight information. If you happen to cash poor but time rich, then ask directions for infrequent boat services that ferry to and from Tarawa.
Noisy Scrub-bird in Western Australia
As hinted by the name of this avian species, you are more likely to hear this bird -much before you happen to spot it; if at all! Its call is simply unmistakable ; if you are unaware of the same, then try to listen for a beautiful and extraordinarily song floating from thick heath land scrubs. Of you get to hear something similar ,then do know that you are in the correct place . Extremely camera shy and sneaky, this particular bird is the most sought after in these parts of the island -continent. You must be quick and smart enough to spot its road-runner style of dashing between the gaps of bush; lying along the tiny stretch of the isolated south coast of Western Australia.
Where to Go: Cheyne’s Beach Caravan Par, is one of the most popular places for spotting the noisy scrub bird. It is best to ask for more information about recent sighting places locally.
Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica
Dyed bright green and complete with a flamboyant punky hairdo and emerald zigzag epaulettes adorning its scarlet belly , the Resplendent Quetzal is indeed a sight to behold in its breeding plumage. It usually forages in inconveniently high trees and can be found in tree stumps and more comfortably placed fence posts. Just look out for its tail feathers poking out-you will not be disappointed to catch a glimpse of this exquisite looking bird!
When to go: The breeding season of Resplendent Quetzal is March to June. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the low-key villages situated near Cerro de la Muerte are the best venues for spotting this species. (image by Todd Wynia)
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