Twitching rare birds has some side benefits; time with good friends, and in some instances, unbelievably beautiful locations that in normal circumstances you would never discover. I'd almost go so far as to say that together these perhaps even eclipse the lost waifs that you're attempting to see, even though I suppose it would be difficult not to be disappointed if the bird wasn't there - but of course this has never happened to me, so I cannot comment :-). So here are a few such places that birding has taken me to this year, but as this is holiday season and I am not in an altogether serious mood, the locations have been chosen not by me, but by Snuffi*.....
|Berneray, just up from North Uist|
|The Erg Chebbi, Morocco|
|Cap Formentor, Majorca|
|Lamba Ness, Unst, Shetland|
|Collafirth, Mainland, Shetland|
|Debrecen Great Wood, Hungary|
|Getting Christmassy......in St Lucia|
*Snuffi is one of the world's best-travelled panthers, and crops up periodically on this blog. He's not a big twitcher, but is always likely to make an appearance on any trip that goes beyond a couple of days. The reasons for this are unknown, he just seems to sense when a trip is in the offing and sneaks in the car when my back is turned. Honest....