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The Best Thing About Birding Holidays - Barry Trevis

Blog post   •   Feb 07, 2011 15:21 GMT

Hi everyone. I wanted to write a blog to share the secret of the best thing about birding holidays, but I may just have to wait and share that one later. I have to keep you all reading, don’t I? It’ll be worth the wait, I hope!
There’s a certain magic to birdwatching or birding holidays. Things can happen in the blink of an eye – one moment you’ve stopped at a lake, gazing at a Caribbean Martin, and then you just catch a glimpse of a beautiful Belted Kingfisher.

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That’s one of the best things about birdwatching holidays. They happen all over the world. You can be walking anywhere and still have so many different types of birds to see. You’ll never spot them all… but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? It keeps you exploring new places and meeting new friends. On the lookout for all the different types, you begin paying attention in a way you hadn’t before. You begin really looking and being part of a place, once you know the kinds of birds that live there.

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Let me tell you why I’m looking forward to the new Birds and Bears tour I’ll be leading. So many people have asked me where we’re going next, and I’ve found a great answer;  Finland and Arctic Norway!  Can you imagine a more magical and peaceful place than Siberian forests and Arctic tundra to go birding? It’ll make for a real adventure, especially spending a night in hide-cabins where we are expecting to see a number of Brown Bears up close. Not many people can say they’ve done that, I think!

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With so many different species to spot and such a wonderful place to explore and become part of, in a way, I’m really looking forward to it. I’m hoping to put the magnificent ‘northern owls’ on my list of birds soon.  But I’d better tell you the real secret now, the best thing about birdwatching holidays, for me. It isn’t in keeping lists and ticking off the birds I’ve seen (though don’t get me wrong, that can be great fun). It’s in the stories I can tell afterwards, the blog posts for people to enjoy,  the moments I can talk about with other birders “when we saw that huge colony of seabirds right in front of us”, and the memories I have of seeing some of the most beautiful creatures  flying over the face of the planet with my own eyes.
That’s the real magic of birding, isn’t it? Hope this was worth the read. See you all soon!

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