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White-tailed eagle

On the island of Smøla, mid-Norway, the densest population of white-tailed eagles in the world is found. Tours guided by eagle experts will take you out to get close encounters with these huge birds. With a wingspan of an impressive 2.5 meters, they look like small aircraft.

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A place of white birds: 7 transcendant moments in the Slovakian mountains

In the spring of 2013, a friend and I decided to hike the ridge of the Low Tatras, a central Slovakian mountain range. Slovakia is not the end of the world — it lacks the vastness of Siberia or the grandiose vistas of Yosemite. Nor is it a particularly popular tourist destination. What’s worthwhile about Slovakia is not always visible at first sight. Here are some snapshots from a few days in the mountains of Central Europe.

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Abdim’s storks in front of some storm clouds in Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa #travel #sky #clouds #birds #storks #abdimsstorks #etosha #namibia #colors

Birder’s bucket list: 10 of the world’s most elusive bird species

THERE ARE OVER 10,000 bird species in the world. A great many of them are relatively easy to find — you simply have to get to the right habitat in the right part of the world. Some are more challenging and take time, money, and effort. But a handful are so elusive, or occur in such isolated or dangerous places, that most birders will never see them in a lifetime of birding. 

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