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Top Places for Birdwatchers to Visit

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Bird watching is a wonderful hobby, and people all over the world love spending time in nature observing these incredible creatures. With thousands of beautiful, fascinating species of bird in every country in the world, there are limitless opportunities for keen ornithologists to travel and experience birds which they can’t see in their own country. There is nothing better than traveling the world to look at wonderful new species through the lenses of your binoculars. With the end of the Covid-19 Pandemic in sight, travel restrictions are starting to lift, so it will soon be time to start booking your next birdwatching trip. 

Top Places for Birdwatchers to Visit

Here is our guide to the fantastic places for birdwatchers to visit

  1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Arguably the most special place on the planet to see animals, the Galapagos Islands are a birdwatchers’ dream. Only accessible by a two-hour flight from the city of Guayaquil, the Galapagos Islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work on evolution. It is worth having some top-notch birding binos to use while out visiting the different islands on a boat trip. Here there are many bird species totally unique to the island as they have evolved in this most isolated of places. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, Darwin finches, and even Galapagos penguins are just some of the ornithological treats. As well as birds, you can see the famous giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, and countless marine animals from hammerhead sharks to bottlenose dolphins.

  1. Brecon Beacons, Wales

The Brecon Beacons are a mountain range in South Wales, and they are a must-visit for all British bird watchers and visiting bird enthusiasts. Best known for being the home of Red Kites, these once-endangered birds were painstakingly reintroduced to the Brecon Beacons after being hunted to the point of extinction in Britain. There is the Black Mountain Red Kite Feeding Station at Llanddeusant where up to fifty red kites visit every day along with buzzards, ravens, and countless other birds. It is best to bring a good pair of binoculars or a long lens telescope so you can see these majestic birds up close. You will find that just driving around the area you will see many red kites, with their distinctive forked tails, soaring above the hills.

  1. Colca Canyon, Peru

The Colca Canyon in Peru is the best place in the whole of South America to see the awe-inspiring Andean Condor. These enormous raptors nest right on the cliff edge of the canyon, and you can get within meters of these incredible birds. One amazing way to experience Colca Canyon is to do a two-day trek, in which you hike down one side of the canyon on the first day, eat dinner and sleep in charming bungalows with the other trekkers overnight, and then hike up the other side in the morning. 

  1. The Florida Everglades, USA

The Everglades National Park is a 1.5 million acre tropical wetlands found in Florida, and it is one of the most exciting places for all nature lovers to visit. As well as the famous alligators, there are hundreds of species of snake, panthers, pythons, dolphins, turtles, and, of course, some incredible birds. The USA’s iconic bald eagle can be frequently seen soaring the skies scouting for fish, and there are also many species of vulture, hawks, falcons, and different wading birds. There is so much for visitors to do in Florida that your trip into the Everglades can easily be part of a family holiday combining birdwatching with theme parks and other amazing things.

  1. Cuyabeno National Park, Ecuador

Situated in the incredible Ecuadorian Amazon, the Cuyabeno National Park is a dream for all nature lovers. Jaguars, pythons, sloths, caymans, and pink river dolphins can all be found in Cuyabeno along with thousands of incredible bird species. Adventurous bird watchers can book a tour in Cuyabeno from the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, and can expect to see blue and yellow macaws, harpy eagles, potoos, egrets, and many many more. The only way to experience Cuyabeno is to stay in one of the lodges right there in the jungle where you will be taken out each morning and evening to trek through the forest or sail down the river itself. As well as amazing bird watching, you will see many other incredible animals and maybe even do a little piranha fishing.

Top Places for Birdwatchers to Visit

There are so many wonderful places in the world where birdwatchers can find amazing species that we really are spoilt for choice. From the exotic Amazon rainforest to the wild hills of Wales, the world is a paradise of ornithological opportunities. Now that the world is starting to open up again, there has never been a better time to start planning a bird watching vacation. Try out some of the places on this list, and you won’t be disappointed!

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Published Date: Mon, 09 Nov 2020 14:49:26 +0000

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?

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People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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Title: What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?
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Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:14 +0000

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

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The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

By: Elizabeth Preston
Title: These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/shrimp-parade-thailand.html
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:02:07 +0000

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?

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There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.



Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

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Title: Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?
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Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:03:48 +0000

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