Below are selected links to websites that feature Bird Photos, Bird Videos, Birding
Resources, and much more. I hope you will find them not only interesting, but also useful.
THE INTERNET BIRD COLLECTION
This is largest free Internet based library of bird videos, photos, and sounds
from all over the world. You can also sign-up and start contributing your own
videos, photos, and audio recordings to this valuable ornitholgical resource.
A publisher of high-quality ornithology and natural history books, including the
"Handbook of the Birds of the World", the first work ever to illustrate and deal
in detail with all the species of birds in the world. Lynx Editions is also the proud
sponsor of "The Internet Bird Collection".
HANDBOOK of the BIRDS of the WORLD ALIVE
Access the most comprehensive online source of ornithological knowledge. Have all
of the contents of the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, continuously updated
by a professional team, at your fingertips.
BIRD IMAGES VIDEO GUIDES
This is the site of my long time friend Paul Doherty, who has produced among the best bird
identification video guides on the market, and was the one person who most inspired me to
migrate from bird still photography to capturing birds on video. Paul's videos are well
produced and well shot. His latest videos on DVD, "Birdwatching in England" and
"Birdwatching in Norfolk" are some of his best work and are must have DVD's, even if it's
just for the scenic content and spectacular bird life shown. Be aware that Paul's work is
produced in PAL format, so even though they won't play properly on North American
NTSC TV's, they will play perfectly on any PC or Mac that has a DVD player.
WELCOME TO THE GULL IDENTIFICATION WEBSITE
Created by Steve Hampton, and supported by many contributors, this site is dedicated
to those rakish scavengers from the north (okay, some are from the south): gulls!
gulls! gulls! This site features images, links to images, and individual species/subspecies
descriptions (limited to the larger "white-headed" species).
Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation, is
both a natural history collection specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world,
and a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. The Foundation's
collections are among the largest in the world, and its mission is to contribute to the
conservation of the world’s wild bird species through the accessibility of the collections
and their data to researchers, educators, students, and the public.
BIRDWATCHING IN GUATEMALA
A small country in Central America, Guatemala stands out at a worldwide level for its
extraordinaire biological diversity, and its wide variety of beautiful landscapes.
A country of only 108,000 km2, it lists over 700 bird species. In a few weeks, a
birdwatcher may identify more than 300 species in a fabulous trip, that goes from
humid cloud forests to desert-like lands, while at the same time having the chance
to visit many of Guatemala's archaeological and cultural legacy sites. Within a
geographic mosaic of 7 main ecosystems, Guatemala holds one of the most interesting
bird assemblages in the world. Take a look at our Guatemala map to discover more
about each of our unique birding regions.
LOS TARRALES RESERVE, GUATEMALA
Los Tarrales Reserve is located at Atitlan Volcano in southern Guatemala on the Pacific Slope.
This reserve protects pristine forest from the upper volcano slope at 3,000m (9,800 ft)
down to 700m (2,300 ft). If you have ever thought of traveling to Guatemala as a birding
destination, you won't be disappointed with a stay at this eco and cost friendly facility.
Also, Los Tarrales is one of only a few places in Guatemala where you have a chance to see
Horned Guan and Azure-rumped Tanager, which are among the 310+ species of birds that have
been recorded at Los Tarrales.
PATROCINIO RESERVE, GUATEMALA
Just half an hour from the city of Retalhuleu, Patrocinio Reserve is an easily accessible
site to get away and enjoy country life. Our highlights are agrotourism, birdwatching,
observation tower, volcano watching, ziplining, and comfortable lodging. The Patrocinio
Reserve is a site for easy and good birding. Skilled birders can see more than 100 species
on a good day during migration season. A network of trails gives access to a mosaic of
forests and different plantations. Our observation tower and feeding stations for
fruit-eaters and hummingbirds are excellent spots to see the birds.
CHELEMHÁ CLOUD FOREST RESERVE, GUATEMALA
The CHELEMHÁ Cloud Forest Reserve is located in the Atlantic mountain range of
Guatemala. It is part of the Yalijux Important Bird Area, and harbors 16 regional
endemic bird species, and a healthy population of Resplendent Quetzals. Chelemhá
offers an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy the tropical cloud forest. Explore
the unique flora and fauna, learn about the local culture, and relax in our comfortable
lodge in the tranquility of a remote mountain.
WELCOME TO OPERADOR LATINO, GUATEMALA
Operador Latino is a Guatemalan travel agency focused sustainable tourism
and birdwatching. Our primary objective is to offer and promote tourism to Guatemala;
to show Guatemala to the world as the truly spectacular travel destination it is.
Operador Latino was founded by Irene Rodríguez, who has more than 25 years of
experience in the Guatemalan tourist industry. Operador Latino is supported by a
professional team, qualified in and commitment to Guatemalan development. Our team
is proud to be Guatemalan, we are passionate about our folklore, history, traditions,
and people. We are also deeply involved with the development of "birding", and
are part of the National Guatemalan Birdwatching Round Table, with its main function
being to promote Guatemala as an ideal world class destination for this activity.
CAYAYA BIRDING, GUATEMALA
Owned and operated by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño, their goal is dedicated to
nature conservation in Guatemala. They are aware that we use natural resources by
operating birding tours – CAYAYA BIRDING aims to have an overall positive impact
on the areas we visit and support conservation. Guatemala is now becoming a world
class birding destination, and CAYAYA BIRDING is ready to assist in any way, be it
an independent traveler or a group, to make your Guatemala birding experience a
GUATEMALA NATURE TOURS
Guatemala Nature Tours focuses on sustainable tourism for rural areas of Guatemala
with an emphasis on birdwatching, and habitat conservation. Our vision is to be
Guatemala's leading birdwatching tour company, and in the professional handling of
conservation and sustainable tourism. We work with the best Guatemalan and
international guides, biologists and bird experts that we will be delighted to share
their knowledge and answer every question to the travelers and birdwatchers. The
Texas based birding tour company Field Guides, has already travelled with us, along
with having organized expeditions for specialized corporations such as Nikon.
FATBIRDER - linking birders worldwide
Fatbirder is the premier web resource about birds, birding & birdwatching for
birders - hundreds of pages & tens of thousands of links about birding everywhere
in the world; a page for every country & state; every bird family; books, guides,
forums, reserves, accommodation, trip reports, bird clubs, ornithology, twitching,
conservation, binoculars, birding tours. So if you want to go birding, or are a
birdwatcher who wants to know about particular birds then Fatbirder is for you!
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO BIRDING TODAY
This is probably the largest and most visited birding resource for those wishing to
find out more about world wide birding locations that your considering visiting. This
site also has an extensive world photo gallery, clothes and gear, fun stuff, and more.
WELCOME TO ALGARVE BIRDERS, PORTUGAL
June Taylor and Peter Dedicoat offer top quality birdwatching and wildlife
photography tours from their base in Tavira, in the Eastern Algarve, Portugal, and
includes the Algarve, the Baixo Alentejo, and in the area around Doñana National
Park in neighbouring Andalucía, Spain. They also lead group birdwatching tours to
other parts of the world for UK-based company, Avian Adventures.
Here is also a direct link to June and Peter's Jupiter Birding Blog.
This is a mega one stop birding resource that has it all, PHOTO GALLERIES,
LATEST FORUM POSTS, TRIP REPORTS, BLOGS, BIRDING ID ARTICLES,
VIDEOS & PODCASTS, BIRDING RESOURCES, BIRDING NEWS, LIFE AND
YEAR LISTERS, SURFBIRDS STORE, and much more.
REFUGIO DE LAS AVES
The well known Sam Woods has visited Ángel Paz many times and here is what he
has to say in his blog Lost In Birding: "When a farmer near Mindo (Ángel Paz)
begun inadvertently feeding a strange bird (the rare Giant Antpitta) that hopped
along the trail with him while he was building a new trail, few birders could
have seen the far reaching consequences just a few short years later. He thus
began a trend of antpitta feeding throughout this rich birding country."
This is the website of Nick Athanas who lives in Quito, Ecuador, and is a co-founder
of Tropical Birding. Nick is not only a great photographer, but his gallery of Neotropic
birds is one of the largest and most complete that I have ever seen for a single website.
He also has a gallery of birds from countries outside of the Neotropics, which is also
amazing because of, not only the number of contries represented, but the number of
BIRDING ADVENTURES TV
Nikon's Birding Adventures TV focuses on destination and adventure bird-watching.
Explore the best exotic birding destinations on the planet; the most unusual, rare and
highly sought after bird species; amazing cultures and wildlife. Thanks to our informative,
passionate - and sometimes crazy! – host James Currie, BATV portrays a unique blend of
information and adventure, making bird-watching refreshing, contemporary, interesting
and exciting. The program has a strong conservation emphasis and highlights the importance
and urgency of preserving the planet’s incredible birdlife.
ChirpTracker is a thriving worldwide community of people who love to find, share
and talk about birds. From a birder who has 30 years of experience, to a young
child interested in the natural world, ChirpTracker is the perfect home for you to
share your sightings, experiences and passion of birds. We share this passion for
birds with you and that is why we've built and are continuing to build advanced
tools to make connecting and sharing with other birders easier. Whether you are a
ornithologist, field guide, back yard birder, or someone simply interested in the
natural world, connect with ChirpTracker today.
A community based site for sharing your bird videos and photos with others that have
similar interests. Membership is free and signing up will give you immediate access
to uploading and sharing your work with others.
WILD LIFE TV
Another video posting site loaded with wildlife content, but mostly birds.
BirdForum TV, part of BirdForum and one of the net's largest communities, is dedicated
to videos of wild birds, wild animals, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, sea
life plantes, trees, fungi, and destinations. This site is absolutely free, and once you are
registered, you can start uploading your own videos, photos, view the gallery, join in on the
different forums, start your own blog, see equipment reviews, and much more.