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CENTRAL PERU

Tuesday 8th November - Saturday 26th November 2016

Eustace Barnes

Golden-backed Mountain Tanager (Eustace Barnes)

Golden-backed Mountain Tanager (Eustace Barnes)

Central Peru is remote and little known. It is a region of unparalleled biogeographical complexity with a commensurate suite of endemics and stream of newly discovered taxa. The landscapes are dramatically varied from deserts to jagged snow-capped peaks and verdant cloud forests. Previously a tour for the more determined, we have incorporated many new sites and species into the itinerary and so it does far more than it ‘says on the can’ now. Staying at great new lodges and birding many new superb sites Central Peru does not suffer the tedium of a set routine or a predictable menu of near-tame lodge-based birds fed for our entertainment. It is an exciting region to visit where birding is as we used to know it with the element of the unknown added to the mix. All this while birding largely un-spoilt habitats set in the most spectacular landscapes in South America. This is usually the point at which I try to invent a new way of saying (a) we are the best, (b) we do have genius at work and (c) we have just seen more birds than anyone else in the history of bird tours. Apart from the evident truth of point (b) practically no one else does the tour anyway and we are certainly not in the business of working up big lists for the sake of it. Does anyone actually read these reports anyway? I think we will let the 100 photos do the talking. The tour went without a hitch and day after day we found our target species and many others besides, producing 482 species and a record breaking 110 write-ins plus a few BQ lifers and the inevitable selection of near-arctic waders.

Junin Grebe (Eustace Barnes)

Junin Grebe (Eustace Barnes)