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NORTHERN PERU

Monday 2nd November - Tuesday 24th November 2015

Pete Morris

Long-whiskered Owlet (Pete Morris)

Long-whiskered Owlet (Pete Morris)

Our Northern Peru tour has become a real blockbuster over the years! It is one of those tours that really has evolved over time, with more and more goodies being added as knowledge increased. The only downside is that there really is a lot to pack in now, but hey, who’s going to complain when the total list was well over 700 species (721) and the top birds included Long-whiskered Owlet, Scarlet Banded Barbet and Pale-billed Antpitta. I have highlighted these three as, just a few years ago, we would have only dreamt of seeing these species! Now they are most definitely a reality! The barbet no longer takes a week long tough expedition – just a few hours muddy drive! Other toughies, such as Ochre-fronted Antpitta and a number of rare hummingbirds have become much easier to see, whilst old favourites such as White-winged Guans, Marvellous Spatuletail and Peruvian Plantcutter are still doing us proud! Of particular note on this tour were the 18 species (if one splits Marañon Screech Owl) of owl recorded (14 of which were seen well), and the sixty species of hummingbirds. By special request, we also added a short extension at the end of the tour. This produced spectacular numbers of storm petrels, including the rare Hornby’s Storm Petrel, good movements of skuas and Sabine’s Gulls (the latter joined by spectacular but similarly-plumaged Swallow-tailed Gulls!), and some stunning Waved Albatrosses as well as a few cetaceans.

Buff-bridled Inca Finch (Pete Morris)

Buff-bridled Inca Finch (Pete Morris)