Posts from May 2014
Bird photo trip for Japanese photographers – Hisao komori & Yasunobu Shiga (April 26 - May 4, 2014).
After driving 1,055 kilometers in 9 birding days through the Western and Central Andes of Colombia, we managed to photograph 175 bird species out of 275 species registered (with 26 species heard only).
Birds photographed included 25 species of hummingbirds, 23 tanagers, 21 flycatchers, 8 woodpeckers, 5 ducks, 4 antpittas and 3 ibises, among many others.
Some of Daniel´s images can be seen at his Flickr site:
The Paramo Tapaculo, photographed at Los Nevados National Park (Central Andes).
Posts from October 2013
Bird photo trip for Italian photographer – Francesco Veronesi (August 16 – September 01, 2013).
This report covers a 16-day bird photography trip organized for Italian photographer Francesco Veronesi, guided by Daniel Uribe. We covered nature reserves & birding localities from Cali to Medellín, along the Western and Central Andes.
Francesco´s images of the trip can be seen at his Flickr site:
Some of Daniel´s images can be seen on section “The Birds” at:
And at his Flickr site:
Tricolored Brush-Finch photographed at Paso Galápagos (Western Andes).
Posts from March 2013
Back to Colombia for a second time (February 15 – March 03, 2013): Peter Hawrylyshyn & Bob Lewis search for more hummingbird species and bird specialties at new birding sites.
After a highly successful introductory birding tour last August 2012, Peter & Bob return to Colombia in 2013 searching for several specific endemic species, visiting two additional important birding areas (Santa Marta and Cerro Montezuma). As stated by Peter´s concluding remarks: “Another amazing trip – we saw about 435 species of which 55 were lifers for Bob. The 59 species of hummingbirds which we saw included all our “must-see” target species except for the Mountain Avocetbill. Our hosts couldn’t have been friendlier, especially at Finca Montezuma and Finca Alejandría. … Accommodations at all the lodges were more than adequate … Once again the food was excellent, and no one got sick. Lastly, very special thanks yet again to Daniel for helping organize this custom tour. As more areas of Colombia open up to birding, chances are we’ll return for a third trip.”
And a nice hummingbird video prepared by Peter can be seen at: http://youtu.be/lyeNI4hAH6A
Above, from left to right: Peter Hawrylyshyn, Bob Lewis & Daniel Uribe, at Rio Blanco nature reserve.
Posts from November 2012
Central & Western Andes Endemics: 10-day trip report (October 6-15, 2012).
This is a 31-page trip report with photos & complete species account of birds seen with Robert & Sarah Carr from Boston, Massachusetts. After traveling 1,200 kilometers along our settled itinerary, we managed to see or hear 22 of the 28 endemics. Overall, we saw 327 species and heard 21 additional species, for a total of 348 species. Besides the 22 endemics, at least 55 more species were true Andean specialties.
Below: The uncommon & semi-diurnal Andean Pygmy-Owl was seen vocalizing at Los Nevados National Park. Photo by guide Daniel Uribe.
Posts from October 2012
Bird photography in Colombia: searching for Andean endemics & hummingbirds (August 22 - Sept. 07, 2012).
This 12-page trip report by traveler & photographer Peter Hawrylyshyn from Toronto (Canada) describes a 17-day bird photography trip to the Eastern, Central & Western Andes of Colombia. It includes a detailed account of all birding sites & lodges, with GPS coordinates. Traveling logistics are discussed, as well as birds seen and photographed. This was a highly specialized bird photography trip, with much time invested in the photography of endemics, near-endemics and hummingbirds.
Here are Peter’s concluding remarks: “An amazing trip - we saw about 350 species of which 95 were lifers for Hanno and 62 were lifers for Bob (who saw his 4000th life-bird on the trip). We saw 60 species of hummingbirds, which included 14 target birds on my “must-see” list (only missed the Golden-bellied Starfrontlet). Colombia was certainly safe in the areas we visited. We saw only one army checkpoint along the road to the Piha Reserve. Everywhere the people were friendly and always trying to be helpful. Accommodations ranged from very basic (La Victoria) to luxurious (Bogota Mariott), and were more than adequate at all the eco-lodges (ProAves, Rio Blanco and Rogitama). The food was excellent everywhere we visited – importantly, no one got sick. Lastly, a special thanks again to Daniel, without whom, the success of the trip would have been impossible. Plans are already being formulated for a follow-up trip in 2013”.
Endemic Indigo-capped Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanifrons) by Bob Lewis.
Beautiful Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae) by Peter Hawrylyshyn.