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COLOMBIA WITH A DIFFERENCE

Saturday 2nd February - Sunday 24th February 2013

Eustace Barnes

Yellow-throated Spadebill (Eustace Barnes)

Yellow-throated Spadebill (Eustace Barnes)

It is hard to say whether this trip could run more successfully but I always find myself thinking this for a short while after a tour. We did manage to record a modest 607 species of birds and some great mammals. These included such spectacular species as the magnificent Blue-billed Currassow, the odd-looking Recurve-billed Bushbird and the stunningly graceful Black-tipped Cotinga.

There were many more highlights which included a Highland Tinamou, a superb pair of Gorgeted Wood-Quails, the uncommon Northern Screamer; stunning Flame-winged Parakeets and a Rusty-faced Parrot, the subtly beautiful Tolima Dove, Blue and yellow and Great green Macaws, the endemic Black Inca and Chestnut-bellied Hummingbirds amongst a total of 53 hummingbirds, Black-breasted Puffbird, the lovely White-mantled and Spot-crowned Barbets, Beautiful Woodpecker at a nest hole, the rarely seen Brown-billed Scythebill, the recently discovered Urrao Antpitta and a noisy Streak-chested Antpitta, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Black-billed Flycatcher and the rarely seen Yellow-throated Spadebill, several Blue Cotingas a pair of Ocellated Tapaculos, Sooty Ant-Tanagers, Scarlet and white Tanagers, the localized Yellow-headed Brush-Finch and the endemic and endangered Baudo Oropendola and Colombian Mountain Grackles. One runs out of superlatives with the Neotropical avifauna but suffice to say we had a great time Oh and let’s not forget the mammals which were surprisingly good with superb sightings of troops of Geoffroy’s Tamarins and White-fronted Capuchins being escorted by Double-toothed Kites, a troop of White-bellied Spider Monkeys, two Tayras and a Neotropical River Otter. A great list reflecting a packed and exciting trip!

Northern Screamer (Eustace Barnes)

Northern Screamer (Eustace Barnes)