Bird photography trip for Francesco Veronesi from Italy (August 16 – September 01, 2013).

03 - 09 - 2013

A very productive bird photo trip visiting outstanding sites at the Western & Central Andes of Colombia. After landing in Cali, we visited Juan José Arango´s hummingbird feeders in Cali, Finca Alejandría at Kilometer 18 above Cali, El Vínculo tropical dry forest near Buga & Paso Galápagos near El Cairo in the Western Andes, obtaining photos of outstanding species such as Gold-ringed Tanager, Grayish Piculet, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Indigo Flowerpiercer, Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager, Purple-throated Woodstar, Colombian Chachalaca, Spectacled Parrotlet, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Handsome Flycatcher, Flame-rumped Tanager & Rufous Spinetail, among many others. At this time of the year, the amount of tanagers visiting the feeders at Finca Alejandría was surprisingly low, but the hummingbirds were great!

We then move into the Central Andes, visiting Otún-Quimbaya Sanctuary, Cameguadua marsh, Rio Blanco and Los Nevados National Park, with wonderful photo opportunities for outstanding species such as Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Bearded Helmetcrest, Black-billed Mountain-Toucan, Powerful Woodpecker, Bar-crested Antshrike, Brown-banded, Chestnut-crowned & Slate-crowned Antpittas, Paramo Tapaculo, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Black-capped Tyrannulet, Rufous-naped Greenlet, Dusky Piha, Gray-browed & White-naped Brush-Finches, Golden-fronted Whitestart, Torrent Duck & White-capped Dipper, among many others.

Our very productive trip finished with visits to Morro Amarillo and ProAves´s Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve at Ventanas´s Pass above Jardín, Las Tangaras reserve at Carmen de Atrato (Western Andes foothills in Chocó) and La Romera Ecopark in Medellín, obtaining very nice images of species such as Chestnut Wood-Quail, Yellow-eared Parrot (perched and in flight at short distance), Black-and-gold Tanager, Crested Ant-Tanager, Red-bellied Grackle, Glistening-green Tanager, Violet-tailed Sylph, Brown Inca, Greenish Puffleg, Toucan Barbet, White-tailed Hillstar, Olivaceous Piha, Black-collared Jay and Olive Finch.

We even had time to visit “La M” above Carmen de Atrato, where Francesco managed to take amazing pictures of Munchique Wood-Wren & White-capped Tanager.

Francesco´s images for the trip can be seen at his Flickr site by clicking on the next image:

Glistening-green Tanager - Las Tangaras - Colombia_S4E4586


Francesco and Daniel, at Rio Blanco in the Central Andes of Colombia.