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PERU'S AMAZONIAN WILDERNESS

Sunday 13th August - Sunday 27th August 2017

János Oláh

Pale-winged Trumpeters (János Oláh)

Pale-winged Trumpeters (János Oláh)

Peru is a one of those magical places where birders must return! This is not suprising, as over 1850 birds species have been recorded, of which 138 are endemics. Several repeated visits needed to see the special birds of this amazingly diverse and spectacular country. Most of the endemics are found in the Andes but a selection of special birds can be seen in the southeastern lowlands too. Our Amazonian Wilderness tour concentrates on these sough-after lowland birds in some superb untouched Amazonian forests. Many of these birds are restricted to bamboo habitat and it takes time to find them. On this remarkable tour we visit several lodges along the Tambopata, Madre de Dios and Las Piedras Rivers and as a unique feature we only use land transportation for a few hours on the entire tour! The superb birds, the fantastic lodges, the river cruises, the lack of long road journeys and the canopy towers makes this tour so very different from all others. A real wilderness experience! On our pioneering tour we recorded 392 species in two weeks, which included a long list of rare and hard-to-find birds like White-throated Tinamou, Orinoco Goose, Razor-billed Curassow, Starred Wood Quail, Harpy Eagle, Grey-bellied Hawk, Chestnut-headed Crake, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Amazonian Pygmy Owl, Long-tailed Potoo, Ocellated Poorwill, Pavonine Quetzal, Purus and White-throated Jacamars, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Golden-green and Rufous-headed Woodpeckers, Manu Parrotlet, Black-capped Parakeet, Blue-headed Macaw, Plain Softtail, Peruvian Recurvebill, Bamboo and Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaners, Bar-bellied and Inambari Woodcreepers, Bamboo Antshrike, White-eyed, Sclater’s and Ihering’s Antwrens, Riparian, Manu, Goledi’s and White-throated Antbirds, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, Amazonian Antpitta, Ash-throated Gnateater, Flammulated Bamboo Tyrant, Long-crested Pygmy Tyrant, White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher, Dusky-tailed Flatbill, Black-faced Cotinga, Fiery-capped and Round-tailed Manakins, Varzea Schiffornis and White-winged Shrike-Tanager. The ‘large macaw experience’ made it into the ‘top five birds’ competition of the tour as an overall experience as we saw them daily and probably around 350-400 individuals in total. Visiting a clay lick at the Tambopata Research Center was certainly a tour highlight with 14 species of psittacidae seen on that morning. Mammals were also numerous and a real extra on the tour. Highlights included nine species of monkeys, which included superb encounters with Black-headed Night Monkey, Emperor Tamarin, Gray’s Bald-faced Saki, Black Spider Monkey and Giant River Otter. Our first week was spent in three different lodges in the famous Tambopata National Reserve, which together with the Bahuaja Sonen National park – to the south of it – and with the Madidi National Park in Bolivia protects a vast area of primary forest. In the second half of the tour we ventured along the Las Piedras River to the hidden Lago Soledad lodge and finally we took a boat upstream on the Madre de Dios River to the Los Amigos Biological Station for the final leg. Five different lodges and five different birding areas with a great variety of Amazonian birds and mammls. It was a fantastic tour indeed!

Razor-billed Curassow (János Oláh)

Razor-billed Curassow (János Oláh)