Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Best Birding Sites Outside U.S.

Where are some of the best places around the globe to go birdwatching?

South America - the jungles of South America are home to thousands of beautiful birds. Bird watching hot spots in South America include the Itatiaia National Park in Brazil, which is home to around 350 different species of birds native to the Amazon. The Iguazu National Park is the leading natural reserve in Argentina, with over 400 types of indigenous birds. Other good places to check in South America are the Hato Pinero and Hato Cedral ranches in Venezuela, which are especially popular for birdwatching.

The Caribbean - the Caribbean Islands, while normally associated with vacations of a different sort, are actually another good place to visit on a bird watching world trip. In the Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island is the most popular place to go for bird watching. Bermuda is another good place to visit, as there are seven major natural reserves there sponsored by the Audubon Society. In Jamaica, the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary is popular because the birds there are so tame they literally perch on the bird watchers and eat out of their hands.

Europe - there are tons of popular spots in Europe for birdwatching. In Britain alone there are actually hundreds of birdwatching spots. If you're considering Britain, one thing to look out for are the annual bird fairs and conventions held in various local districts. Scotland and Ireland are also popular bird watching places, as they have little lakes and isles around these two countries are home to many different forms of bird life that are unique solely to these islands.

Asia - if you're willing to range far afield, Asia is a wonderful place to go for bird watching as a lot of different species live there that have no equivalent counterparts in the west. Japan alone is home to around 600 species of birds. The Lake Utonai and Tateyama Bird sanctuaries in Japan are the most prominent wildlife preserves where you can see them. China's main attraction is not only its indigenous species of birds, but the fact that certain places like Beidaihe are a migratory hub for far-ranging birds from all across Asia. Another good place to visit for bird watching is Thailand's Doi inthanon International Park, which boasts 382 resident species.

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