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
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.
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.
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.
Situated in Gir Forest, Gujarat, India. Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary-Sasangir is a 1412 sq km hilly tract of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub, evergreen and semi-evergreen flora and grasslands, fed by rivers and streams. Among the many water-bodies in the reserve is the Kamleshwar Dam, known for its large crocodile population. Gir National Park has about 411 lions and about 400 leopards, making it one of the major big-cat concentrations in India. Sambar and spotted deer, nilgai, chousingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and wild boar thrive in Gir National Park. Jackal, Striped Hyena, Jungle cat, Rusty-spotted cat, Langur, Porcupine, Indian hare & Pangolin are among the other mammals of Gir National Park. There are about more than 300 type of birds in Gir National Park make it Heaven for Birders & Ornithologist. Asiatic Lion Lodge has 16 cottages with en-suite modern bathrooms and all eco friendly modern room amenities, Varandah with safari chairs and an Indian seating inside for plenty of privacy. Swimming Pool and free Wifi is available. One can Find more than 55 species of birds in and around Asiatic Lion Lodge
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.