Welcome to Birdquest
Saturday 1st November - Saturday 22nd November 2014
Total clean up? Well nearly, we saw everything one could reasonably expect to see on this tour. A staggering 652 species, with 56 Antbirds alone! We had a great trip, losing no time to rain and enjoying the hospitality of many Peruvian restaurants and lodges. We did not see Red-billed Ground Cuckoo or Iquitos Gnatcatcher but neither has anyone else for several years. However, we did see the rarely observed Nocturnal Curassow and the endangered Wattled Curassow, Blue-cheeked and Purplish Jacamars, Rufous-necked and Collared Puffbirds, Black-faced Hawk, Royal Cinclodes, Fulvous Antshrike, Black Bushbird, Amazonas and Allpahuayo Antbirds, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Black-necked Red Cotinga, Masked Fruiteater, Orange-crested Manakin, all the river island endemics, nearly ¬all the white-sand specialities and all the polylepis endemics which, I suppose, is no mean feat.
The Amazon is the most complex and endlessly fascinating ecosystem on the planet while the Andes is the most biologically diverse range of mountains. I could live there the rest of my life and still barely scratch the surface of that complexity in either. I guess it would get no votes back home but I would have a great time. Anyway, we were in my second home and about to begin our Amazonian odyssey in search of its legendary, mythical and indeed enigmatic denizens on what was to be a most enjoyable tour.