Birding with Phyllis Morris (December 14 – 16, 2010).

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December 14-16 (2010) we did a short but very productive birding trip with Phyllis Morris (USA), visiting three great spots near Manizales: Los Yarumos Ecopark, Río Blanco and Los Nevados National Park.

At Los Yarumos Ecopark we were very successful, achieving great views of the endemic Stiles’s Tapaculo (Scytalopus stilesi) on the second ravine.

In Rio Blanco we enjoyed plenty of nice birds, having a particularly productive experience with four species of Tapaculos on a single place: Blackish (Scytalopus latrans), Spillmann’s (Scytalopus spillmanni), Ash-coloured (Myornis senilis) and Ocellated Tapaculo (Acropternis orthonyx), all of which we managed to see!

Birding Los Nevados was very successful too, having plenty of good looks of the Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii).

After the excursion, Phyllis wrote:

“Dear Daniel, Birding with you was fantastic. The Tapaculo sweep starting with Stile’s Tapaculo was unbelievable. The Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Rufous-crowned Tody-flycatcher and Brown-banded Antipitta were highlights at Rio Blanco. Finally the Tawny Antpittas, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanagers, and Bearded Helmetcrest were a sensational finale to two great days of birding. Feliz Navidad. Sincerely, Phyllis”.