Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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View down the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa Photo © Jason Leifester 54 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 ing Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. And then Keith's article was published. His recommendation for those he called "dabblers" (people who were not ad- dicted to travel, but would make four major world birding trips) aligned well with my plan, although my goal was a little different. The article focused on maximizing a bird list while visiting the fewest coun- tries. I was less concerned about a to- tal list number, although I am a lister. Instead, I decided to visit places that held particular interest for me, and not just because of the birds. Other wildlife, scenery, and food were also important. Favorite Birding Moment •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• South Africa: Taking the time to observe a Southern Masked-Weaver carefully threading long strands of grass into the nest he was building. Early risers looking for larks and chats on a hillside in Karoo National Park, South Africa. Photo © Jason Leifester Photo © Jason Leifester Knysna Turaco in South Africa. Photo © Jason Leifester 8-Dabbler.indd 54 3/4/14 1:17 PM

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