Bird Watching in Oman – A Rewarding Experience

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Bird watching enthusiasts who make it a goal to visit a veriety of destinations where they can enjoy their hobby, may want to consider a visit to Oman during the northern hemisphere winter season. Located on the edge of the western Palearctic, between Africa, Europe and Asia, Oman is the wintering destination of avifauna from three distinctive zoo-geographical areas. The country has a wealth of varied habitats to cater for the specific needs of hundreds of bird species, and birding enthusiasts can be assured that each bird watching excursion will be a rewarding experience.

Officially called the Sultanate of Oman, the country is an Arab state located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman form the coastline of the country, providing plenty of opportunities for seabirds and waders to enjoy the sea’s bounty. Husband and wife Janne and Jens Eriksen are experienced birdwatchers based in Oman, and they are making a concerted effort to bring the country’s rich birdlife to the attention of birders around the world. While the winter months, between October and March, are particularly interesting because of the foreign feathered visitors that join the locals, Oman has a thriving all-year-round population of around 500 species of birds spread throughout the more than 300,000 square kilometers of land.

The Oman Ministry of Environment, together with the Ministry of Tourism, is actively involved in both protecting the natural heritage of the country, and promoting eco-tourism. Authorities have allocated fifteen protected conservation areas and have sponsored the publication of books on birding in Oman to encourage both locals and international tourists to enjoy the birdlife of the country. The Eriksens note that while people flock to shopping malls for recreation, they are missing out on spending their leisure time in nature. This is a situation they would like to change and believe that nature clubs in schools are the answer, as these could encourage the younger generation to get involved in bird watching and hiking.

November is one of the most popular times for bird watching in Oman, as this is when large flocks of migrating birds arrive, providing plenty of action on the coastline as they establish territory for the winter by strutting about, swooping and diving in an endless flurry of activity. By December the birds are more settled and bird watchers can observe them going about their daily routines. In January, the water level of the lagoons and wetlands rises, attracting wintering waterfowl in large numbers. Certainly, birders who have spent time observing the birds of Oman agree that the diversity and number of birds is astounding, and well worth experiencing.

Borneo Bird Festival 2010

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The Rainforest Discovery Centre will once again by hosting the Borneo Bird Festival that is a noteworthy event for bird watching enthusiasts all over the world. The festival is held to promote and develop both eco-tourism and bird watching in the country, and two books in regard to birding will be launched from well known authors Quentin Phillips and Susan Myers. The stores and booths at the festival will offer everything from bird tours to cameras and birding equipment.

Workshops will also be held during the festival, with speakers from various wildlife establishments attending, as well as fascinating guided tours and lectures.

Date: 15 – 17 October 2010
Venue: Rainforest Discovery Centre
City: Sepilok, Sandakan Sabah
Country: Borneo

British Birdwatching Fair

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One of the most exciting events of the year, for bird lovers, is the annual British Birdwatching Fair. Every year thousands of people descend on the fair, taking part in its informative seminars and workshops, or merely to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings of the venue and browse through the hundreds of exhibitor stands. But the most important feature of the British Birdwatching Fair, is the organizations it is able to assist, through its fundraising, and in so doing, saves hundreds of birds each year.

The first British Birdwatching Fair was held in 1989, and over the years it has grown in strength and support, welcoming approximately twenty thousand visitors and accommodating more than three hundred exhibitors at the fair. Entrance fees and projects enable the fair to raise funds for conservation organizations and foundations that do outstanding work locally and internationally, saving bird species from extinction, raising awareness and giving many birds a second chance at life. The fair also supports and showcases businesses in the conservation industry, such as eco-tourism establishments, bird products, books and research, equipment and various other initiatives that enhance the life of birds and wildlife as a whole.

This year, the Birdfair will take place from the 21st to the 23rd of August 2009, at the Egleton Nature Reserve in Rutland. A vast variety of exhibitors have confirmed their presence at the Birdfair this year and range from bird food and accessories stalls, bird specialists, booksellers and tourism agencies; to camera and binoculars experts, photographers, artists and charity organizations. This offers visitors an extensive range of products and information throughout the fair. Facilities include courtesy busses, disabled parking, campsites, toilet facilities, first aid, bicycle parking and mouth watering catering services.

The Birdfair does not only give visitors the opportunity to indulge in their passion for birds and wildlife, but to explore new territory and ideas by speaking with exhibitors, fellow enthusiasts and workshop hosts. Visitors also have the knowledge that just by attending this spectacular bird watching fair, they are aiding the conservation efforts made by the various foundations. Purchase an item at the auction, listen to seminars or just enjoy the festivities and celebration, either way, the Birdfair should not be missed. It is a fair that will entertain and be enjoyed by all, from avid bird watching fanatics to the curious.

Bird Watching Galore in Panama

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As the southernmost country of Central America, connecting the North American and South American continents, the Republic of Panama is located on an isthmus with the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Panama boasts many places of natural beauty that attract tourists from all over the world, and is home to around 950 species of birds, making bird watching in Panama an exciting experience.

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Costa Rica: A perfect bird-watching holiday

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Many bird-watchers see their first tropical birds in Costa Rica. More than 850 species of birds inhabit Costa Rica’s rainforests, mountains, and tropical islands.

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