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EASTERN VENEZUELA

Sunday 10th April - Tuesday 26th April 2016

Eustace Barnes

Greater Flowerpiercer - a cracking Tepui endemic (Eustace Barnes)

Greater Flowerpiercer - a cracking Tepui endemic (Eustace Barnes)

A spectacularly diverse biological haven; Venezuela is one of the most exciting destinations for birders although not one without its problems. Extending the tour to explore remote sites including the other-worldly summit of Mount Roraima makes for what is, the most adventurous and rewarding tour to this fascinating region. We had a record breaking tour with more of the endemics found than on any previous tour, finding 40 of the 42 possible Tepui endemics, while in the north-east we recorded all the endemics. This was helped in no small way by having such a committed group. We had difficulties in the Orinoco delta as we could not access the sites and, in the three years, since Birdquest was last in Venezuela the traditional rainforest sites have been destroyed making that element of the tour very difficult. This should make this document something of an interesting historical record.

Rufous Crab Hawk - a very localized raptor (Eustace Barnes)

Rufous Crab Hawk - a very localized raptor (Eustace Barnes)