In 2015, birder and author Noah Strycker undertook the ultimate birding adventure: Between January and December, he traveled through 41 countries and recorded 6,042 birds — about 60 percent of all the species on Earth. In doing so, he set a single-year birding world record, an amazing accomplishment.
In our June 2016 issue, on sale at Barnes & Noble now, Strycker presents his 10 top birding moments from his record-setting Big Year. We didn’t have room in the magazine to show all of the birds on Strycker’s list, which was a shame, because the species were top-notch.
They include Black-and-yellow Broadbill in Malaysia, Cape Gannets off the Cape of Good Hope, Great Bowerbird in Queensland, Scarlet Ibis in Colombia, Adélie Penguins in Antarctica, Atlantic Puffins in Iceland, Crowned Hawk-Eagle in Tanzania, and Harpy Eagle (pictured above), which Strycker recorded in Brazil. We assembled this gallery to give you taste of the world’s species that impressed him the most.
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