Located in the Jordan Valley in Israel, Kfar Rupin kibbutz is surrounded by ponds, fish farms and fields of crops that attract birds in large numbers. In the surrounding area it is easy to see Pygmy Cormorant, Great White Pelican, Black Francolin, Syrian Woodpecker, nesting Barn Owl and during the migration period large numbers of Lesser Spotted Eagles, Black Kites, Black Storks, and many passerines. During winter months Spotted and Imperial Eagles are easy to see. It is certainly one of the must stops if traveling from south to north or vice versa as it is located halfway between the southern desert areas and the Golan Mountains and close to the mythical Hula Valley and the Sea of Galilee. There are several houses for 2-4 people, fully equipped and very cosy. Breakfast is included, left in the kitchen in the morning. The accommodation is decorated with ornithological motifs and free Wi-Fi is available. The staff of the newly opened Birdwatching Center provide a checklist of the birds in the area as well as all the necessary information to find the best birding sites. They also have an extensive naturalist library mostly in Hebrew and they sell birding souvenirs.
Lonely Birder Establishments
Hotel located at 2000 m of height in the PN of les Capçeleres del Ter i el Freser, in the Girona Pyrenees. It is also a national hunting reserve, with which you can see other types of fauna, such as chamois, marmots, mouflons, roe deer and foxes, among others. In the forests and meadows you can see alpine birds such as Yellow-hammer, Red-backed Shrike or Black Woodpecker among others. On the peaks of the nearby peaks there is still a good population of snow ptarmigan. Regarding check in, this is usually at 4:00 p.m. If you come as a group you can arrange the theme of breakfasts and meals at certain times, sometimes picnics are requested. In addition to the normal rooms, the hotel has 20 apartments of 4 – 6 seats that allow greater freedom at the time of meals and planned departures. The only access to Vall de Núria is through the rack train that can be taken at Ribes enllaç, Ribes Vila i Queralbs. There is no access for vehicles, hence the charm of the place.
Located at the gates of the National Park of Doi Inthanon, the highest area in Thailand. This park is a must when traveling to the country. Being a high and mountainous area here are many birds that are not seen in other parts of Thailand such as Chestnut-tailed Minla, Green-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Green Cochoa and many others. The establishment is only one kilometer from the park gates. It has several types of accommodation more basic or luxurious according to the traveler’s preferences. It also has camping, something that is appreciated if you do not have many resources. On the farm there is a spring of mineral water and in the gardens there are good birds more typical of low areas. It has wifi and all the necessary amenities to make the stay as pleasant as possible.
Situated in East Iceland. It is very well located at the end of the fjord near Fáskrúðsfjörður, it is quiet and it is very cheap. The owner was very kind and charming. The house and the rooms at Tunguholt are quite large. There is a kitchen with a fridge, oven, etc. if you want to lunch there. There are a lot of parking space beside the house and it is extremely calm. The house is located at the end of the fjord which makes for a magnificient view Harlequin duck is easy to see near the guesthouse.
The Ankasa Conservation Area lies in Southwest Ghana on the border with the Ivory Coast. Covering 509km2, this Protected Area falls within an ancient rainforest and is the most biodiverse in Ghana. It represents the only wet evergreen protected area in almost unspoiled state The forest still holds viable populations of large and charismatic mammals, such as the Forest Elephant, Bongo, Leopard, and Yellow-backed Duiker. The area has an impressive bird list of over 260 species, the majority of these being truly forest dependant. Several rare birds endemic to the Upper Guinea Forest, e.g. White-breasted Guinea Fowl , Yellow-throated Olive Greenbul, Rufous-sided Broadbill and Rufous-winged Illadopsis are found in the area.
Hotel located in Matalascañas, at the gates of the Doñana National Park. Very good location to visit the Natural and National Park, 15 km from Rocío, marsh with lots of birds and good place to see, with luck, the Iberian lynx. The Acebuche Center is located halfway between these two locations and the Doñana beach is fantastic to see waders and seabirds. The hotel consists of several types of rooms, from simple to familiar and from different categories. The founder of the establishment is a great connoisseur of the area and especially of its birds. They have all kinds of documentaries, high quality photographic material of the birds that could be observed. They make special price to birders customers.