with Birdlife Malta and sponsored by ZEISS Sports Optics
"Malta, a holiday destination for many, but a country as a life-long naturalist and conservationist, I know it comes with serious baggage. Malta forms a vital link in the journey of migrating birds travelling through Europe into Africa."
Follow Darren Woodhead and a group of ornithologists to Malta, where they spent ten days exploring the fauna of this beautiful island in September 2018. Get inspired by their experiences and take a look at Darren's fantastic paintings.
Where many people think of a vacation paradise, of white or black sand beaches, volcanoes, or tropical cocktails, a birder approaches the islands of Hawai‘i in a slightly different fashion. A vacationer might enjoy relaxing next to an azure sea, but someone in search of the island chain’s endemic bird species is going to have to work. There will be hiking, maybe climbing, sometimes over brutal sun-baked rocks, sometimes up narrow trails with considerable elevation gains.
There will be much straining of one’s neck to watch tiny and bewilderingly similar-sounding greenish-yellow birds as they race through forest canopies, a straining not unlike the “warbler neck” that paralyzes many birders in North America during migration.