Possibly one of the most productive birding holiday experiences you can have is on a wetlands tour. Particularly in migration season, these fertile and biodiverse areas are magnets for all manner of interesting birds, particularly waders. Unspoilt wetlands can be found in many countries around the world and they are often very accessible either by road or by boat. Take a tour of the wetlands of the Ebro Delta in north eastern Spain, for instance. These are an easy journey...
Possibly one of the most productive birding holiday experiences you can have is on a wetlands tour. Particularly in migration season, these fertile and biodiverse areas are magnets for all manner of interesting birds, particularly waders.
Unspoilt wetlands can be found in many countries around the world and they are often very accessible either by road or by boat. Take a tour of the wetlands of the Ebro Delta in north eastern Spain, for instance. These are an easy journey from Barcelona and can be visited on a day trip or enjoyed on a much longer stay. Day trips are also possible to the coastal wetlands near Naples in Italy. Similarly, the wetlands of Spain’s Cota Doñana and La Janda, the Danube Delta in Romania or the Tagus Estuary in Portugal are fascinating places to spend birding time.
As a contrast to a wetlands tour in Europe, a trip to Chiloé Island in Chile is an opportunity to see Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins. Or northeast Argentina where you find the extensive marshy areas of the Paraná River called the Iberá Wetlands. There are even wetlands high up in the Andes mountains, close to the city of Cusco in Peru. These Huacarpay Wetlands can be visited on a day trip as part of your tour to see the sights of Machu Picchu.
If you are keen to plan a holiday to the Cape in South Africa, you could spend time scanning at Strandfontein Wetlands for water birds such as Greater Flamingos, Red-billed and Cape Teals and Maccoa Ducks. The wetlands of the Okavango Delta in Botswana are home to the fascinating and unique Shoebill Stork, as well as all the classic southern African species. And further north, the creeks of the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve in Gambia are home to African Darters, Striated and Squacco Herons and Hammerkops.
The very special ecosystems of the wetlands in Queensland, Australia, which contain a number of tea-tree species, provide important habitat for nectar-loving birds. Black and Spectacled Flying Foxes can also be seen, taking the place of birds amongst the flowering trees at night.
Almost wherever you choose to go on a wildlife holiday you could experience a wetlands tour. Booking your trip directly with a Blue Sky Wildlife expert will ensure the benefit of their local knowledge to find the best wetlands and when to visit them.
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