Birding

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Birders have long explored the Amazon River and its tributaries, as theses waterways are home to a diverse collection of avian species, many of which are rarely glimpsed outside of the region.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent a week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of Santa Cruz Island, the most populated island in the archipelago.

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The Caribbean may be more popular for its beaches than the possibilities for nature travel, but those with an eye for birdlife are going to love International Expeditions’ new journey to Guyana and Trinidad. While there is a wealth of birding destinations for travelers heading to the island nation of Trinidad, there is no better place to spot the local avian life than Asa Wright Nature Center.

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It’s a highlight of any Galapagos Islands cruise experience — standing just steps from comical male blue-footed boobies as the honk, sway, whistle and dance their way to a mate. But it turns out that dancing ability may not be all it tales to impress a female.

According to a group of Spanish and Mexican researchers, the intense blue hue of the male bird’s feet is actually an external indicator of age and fitness for breeding.

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While many adventurers book nature travel to experience the world, a large number of travelers are interested in expanding their birding “life list.” While birders spend much of their time researching the behavior patterns and physical characteristics of their avian infatuation, many remain clueless when it comes time to take a photo of their feathered friends. Fortunately, there are a few ways to ensure that your photos of the majestic icterine warbler or a resplendent quetzal (pictured) come out perfectly.

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While many factors motivate nature travel, you can typically separate adventurers into two groups: those hoping to glimpse a unique foreign culture and those seeking to spot rare and exotic wildlife. Fortunately for travelers heading to Borneo, the state of Sarawak has plenty of both.

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Recent years have seen birdwatching emerge as one of the most popular nature travel activities. Yet while some vacationers are eager to catch a glimpse of our feathered friends, simple mistakes can make a birding adventure an exercise in frustration.

Fortunately, there are a few things that amateur birdwatchers should keep in mind whenever they enter the brush in search of an elusive species.

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