What are the Best Bird Photography Destinations?

Bird photographers can have it tough, with the discipline requiring enormous lenses, amounts of patience, and travel to get the best images of some of the world’s most interesting and elusive birds. But where are the best, must-see locations?

I haven’t done a great deal of bird photography. While I enjoy it, it requires specialized kit that I don’t own and would never use outside of rare trips to locations where birding might be on the cards. However, I have done bird photography while testing equipment for manufacturers, and in a few places which are stunning for wildlife. One of these was Norway, which Jan Wegener mentions in this video, but the other isn’t mentioned.

Costa Rica is different from most entries on Wegener’s list, but is by far my favorite location for wildlife photography, which includes birds. Despite shooting there for less than a week, I saw and photographed toucans, different colored macaws, falcons, vultures, and a whole host of river birds. It was thoroughly addictive and there was always a bird to be spotted and photographed.

I’m not sure why it isn’t one of the most popular bird photography locations — perhaps it is — but I could have spent months there taking thousands of images per day of the feathered locals.

Where do you think is the best location for bird photography?


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