Birds of South America (Part 2)

This is the second webinar in this two-part series featuring birds of South and Central America. Erik leads off with his experience in Peru, followed by Ethan’s experience in Belize and Ecuador. Matt then rounds out the webinar talking about his experiences, particularly mainland Ecuador. View Part 1 of this series HERE

There are several links of note that complement this webinar. Check the list below!

  • Guide information from Matt:
  • Costa Rica:
    • Arenal Observatory Lodge is a beautiful hotel in La Fortuna with huge gardens and several trails. There’s free, short guided bird walks and professional guides available for more intense birding. Over 500 species have been recorded at the lodge.
    • While there are several nice hotels near Tortuguero National Park, transport by Jungle Tom Safaris has been my preferred method of reaching Tortuguero, which is accessible only by boat. Company shuttles pickup anywhere in San Jose and a guide is present on the 4-hour drive east to comment on Costa Rican history, natural history, cultural customs, and has eagle eyes for roadside sloths.
  • Ecuador:
    • Staying at Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge was one of the highlights of my trip. A sharp professional birding guide there leads tours 3x each day and is incredibly helpful in distinguishing between the many noisy ovenbirds vocalizing in the fog. The hummingbirds present in the Tandayapa valley are worth the trip alone.
    • If you find yourself on the west coast, many small companies in Puerto Lopez offer half-day tours to Isla de la Plata, sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s Galapagos.” The island is teeming with at least three species of boobies, plus a few other arid coastal oddballs like Collared Warbling-Finch and Crimson-breasted Finch.
  • Guide info from Erik
  • For my Bolivia trip, I volunteered for 3 months (October-December, 2016) with Proyecto Paraba Barba Azul – Blue-throated Macaw Project. Based near Sachojere, BO with nearest city I birded being Trinidad.
    • I used Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica book as a field guide
  • For my Peru trip, it was much more organized. I used outfitter South Adventure Peru Tours for a guide of surrounding area of Cuzco then used same outfitter for Incan Trail hike. Good birding opportunities but there is a pace to be kept on the hike so it was harder to bird.
    • Used Birds of Machu Picchu for a reference field guide.
  • In Amazon, stayed at Tambopata Lodge and Research Center. Also used a guide from WASAI Maldonado Ecolodge for a nature hike and canoe tour of Lake Sandoval (where the Hoatzins are).
    • I used Princeton Field Guides Birds of Peru.

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