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AMAZONIAN PERU: IQUITOS

Sunday 28th October - Saturday 10th November 2018

Pete Morris

The tough to come by Nocturnal Curassow (Pete Morris)

The tough to come by Nocturnal Curassow (Pete Morris)

The Amazon Basin is just about the most ecologically diverse region of our planet and as such, any visit to the region does little more than scratch the surface! It takes repeated visits to the region to build up a good personal selection of (bird) species. But in addition, each trip has a little selection of species that are easier to find there than elsewhere, and it was of course these that we focused on. Nocturnal and Wattled Curassows both showed superbly well and were two of the highlights. A suite of river island specialities all performed well, white sand specialities such as Brown-banded Puffbird and Cinnamon Neopipo gave great views and more widespread goodies included such delights as Zigzag Heron, Ornate Hawk Eagle at the nest, a tree full of entertaining Sand-coloured Nighthawks, rarely seen Rufous-capped and Brown Nunlets, the delightful Collared and Spotted Puffbirds, an amazing selection of eight species of colourful jacamars, a fantastic selection of antbirds (including the gorgeous White-plumed Antbird), the strange Rusty-belted Tapaculo, several stunning cotingas (including Black-necked Red Cotinga, Amazonian Umbrellabird and Plum-throated and Purple-throated Cotingas) and even the rare White-bellied Dacnis. And that is just a tiny selection of the 420+ species recorded! As well as the great birds, just experiencing the river trips on the Amazon and Napo and their tributaries, and the incredible canopy walkway at ACTS with the fantastic views of birds which are normally just dots in the canopy, all adds up to make for a great, if somewhat sweaty experience!

The stunning Zigzag Heron (Pete Morris)

The stunning Zigzag Heron (Pete Morris)