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2 Fun Destinations For Bird-Watching Enthusiasts

If you are an avid bird watcher, then you might like arranging a vacation to a see some spectacular birds. Below are 2 suggestions that will help you decide where you would like to go. One location is in the United States and the other is abroad. 

Mount Desert Island, Maine

Mount Desert Island is located off the coast of Maine. It is home to Acadia National Park. The island is a popular tourist destination during the spring and summer. There are lots of small hotels to stay in. You can drive over a bridge, or take a ferry to the island.

One great thing about the island is that it is home to such a diverse array of birds. Because it is located right near the Atlantic Ocean you will see beautiful puffins, razorbills, gulls and terns. There are special boat trips that will take you along the coast so that you can photograph these birds.

In the interior of the island you can take guided tours and spot purple finch, warblers, chickadees, sparrows and swallows. You should arrange to spend one day touring the coastal regions, and a separate day to check out the interior. It would be too much to try and get it all in on one day.  

The best time of year to visit the island is in early June. This is when the annual Acadia Birding Festival takes place.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Many people travel to Africa to go on safari and see lions, elephants, and giraffes. However, it's also the place to go to see some of the worlds largest and most beautiful birds. Kruger National Park is home to the "big six", as they are known in birding circles. These birds are:

  • The Kori Bustard- The heaviest flying bird in Africa.
  • The Martial Eagle- The large, majestic eagle.

  • The Lappet Faced Vulture- A huge bird with an 8- to 9-foot wingspan.

  • The Saddle Billed Stork- A large, elegant, water bird with a black neck and red beak.

  • The Southern Ground Hornbill- An endangered bird. The park is one of the birds few sanctuaries.

  • Pels Fishing Owl- Large and mostly nocturnal. You can see them begin their nightly hunting over the parks lakes at dusk.

You have a few options when it comes to accommodations. The park has several safari lodges and hotels. These are operated by independent companies who lease out the rights to operate hotels. If you prefer to go the more rugged route, then you can choose one of the parks many camp sites. Contact a local travel agency, such as Lake City Travel & Cruises, for further assistance.