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The 9 Best Spots for Bird Watching in the World

William Brown Oct 24, 2019
Read about the top 9 best spots in the world which are a haven for all the bird watchers. This piece is a must read if you consider yourself a bird watcher!


Bird watching is a hobby for which people travel the world. With so many amazing species found in different habitats, it is difficult not to want to go see them all! Here we have compiled a list of the best spots for bird watching. Check OuterOptics.com for binocular and monocular reviews.

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1. Costa Rica

First on the list is the small Caribbean country of Costa Rica. Famous for rainforests and beaches, Costa Rica is  a birder's paradise with dozens of nature reserves including Wilson Botanical Gardens, with more than 300 bird species, including hummingbirds and toucans, at top spot.

2. Kruger National Park, South Africa

A firm favorite not only for bird watchers but for animal lovers too. Grab your binoculars and go on a safari and see just how many of the top 6 bird species the park is famous for, including the Saddle-Billed Stork. The park is over 20,000 square kilometers with elephants, rhinos, lions and other big names, calling it home.

3. Yellowstone National Park, United States

The Bald Eagle is symbol of patriotism of United States and bird watchers can sight the majestic Bald Eagle at Yellowstone National Park. It is said that there are about 18 nests within the reserve boundaries.
Bald Eagles are usually around water bodies like rivers and lakes as they love feeding on fish.

4. Papua New Guinea

The Varirata National Park in Papua New Guinea is a definite must. This is a bit isolated, making it an ideal habitat for birds and other animals. If you’re lucky you might see the way these birds of paradise display their courtship. This involves dancing around another birds, gathering feathers or pebbles. It's a spectacle worth seeing!

5. Rift Valley, Kenya

Back in Africa, but this time in Kenya, we have the famous Rift Valley, known for incredible wild flamingo population. Sad to say, the population seems to be dwindling down every passing year, so be sure to get there soon. Lake Nakuru National Park is the place to be on every bird watcher's bucket list.

6. Norfolk, UK

There is no better place for bird watching in Britain than Norfolk, known for the range of habitats. One place to visit is Snettisham. On a spring tide, you will see thousands of waders take flight to find a safe space to roost.
Oystercatchers belt out above the sky. The tide pushes the birds off the mudflats making it important for them to catch flight for safer ground. It a magical experience for any bird watcher. Some notable birds you’ll see is the Pink-footed goose which gathers around mid-October until February and Shelducks; they can be found on the mudflats.

7. Iceland

Iceland is the place to be from April to September each year. That’s when you can spot the adorable puffins who migrate from the sea to the shore to start their breeding colonies. They mostly settle to nest on cliffs so if you want to spot these birds. That’s why you should join a boat trip of Iceland islands in order to catch a glimpse of them.

8. Colca Canyon, Peru

The elusive and majestic Andean condor is home in the Colca Canyons of Peru. It is one of the largest bird species - not to mention that they're endangered. They're also mysterious and choose to be in coastal or mountainous areas. We decided to choose Colca Canyon because the Andean condor loves rocky slopes of the mountains.

9. South Georgia Island

In southern Atlantic ocean is the island of South Georgia. Here you will find thousands of King penguins milling around. In peak season you will see around 25,000 penguins. Although King penguins are main here, there are also different birds, including albatrosses and other species of penguins. It is an amazing spectacle.

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Bird watching has become increasingly popular so take your hobby global and see some of the most iconic birds upfront. No wildlife documentary will be able to compete with the real deal!