Do you want to broaden your horizons with a new birding location? Maybe you have spent hours at the park and the same birds keep showing up every day. If you, like many who enjoy this beautiful hobby, want to see some exciting new birds that don’t fly in to your back yard, but aren’t quite sure where to go, consider joining a bird watching tour for a new experience. These tours bring together people who enjoy the same hobby and the same environment, for something that they don’t usually have the opportunity to do. Led by knowledgeable guides who are familiar not only with the location and the terrain, but also with the species you are likely to encounter, these bird watching tours offer a great way to spice up your hobby.
For far-flung adventures, bird watching tours also offer the benefit of travelling in a group. For many, the daunting prospect of travelling abroad to a location not accustomed to receiving tourists can be more than a little frightening. But knowing that you are with a group, and escorted by guides that have made this trip before can relieve many of the pressures and anxieties you might feel at the prospect of travelling abroad. If this isn’t a concern for you, or you want a different feel to your trip, many groups also offer private bird watching tours that can vary in length and price, while still offering you the same great experience.
Tours can vary depending on provider, but it is always helpful to note that unlike tourist travelling packages, these tours will have a great focus on the birds you are there to see. Whether arranging accommodation where you will be in a great location for sightings, or preparing materials and bird-finder pamphlets, every operator will have a specialty that enhances the draw of the specific tour. And if you’re a repeat visitor, there is the option that you will be able to travel with the same guide if you have built up a rapport and want to travel with someone you are comfortable with.
Bird watching tours offer plenty of perks for the hobbyist who is looking for a new way to expand their experience. Adventure, companionship, safety, and great-value for money are all elements that attract people to this form of birding, and have contributed to it becoming the wonderful, growing trend that it is.