Second birding trip for Debby Reynolds & David Copas (UK), and Jane Andrews (USA) (January 20 – February 6, 2015).

08 - 02 - 2015

After birding sections of the Eastern, Western & Central Andes of Colombia, Debby & David (UK) came back for a second 18-day tour (from January 20 to February 6, 2015), this time with friend Jane Andrews (USA). Landing in Bogota worked well for visiting Laguna de Fuquene & Rogitama nature reserve, after which we moved into the mid-Magdalena Valley, birding en route Tabacal Lagoon & Enchanted Gardens of San Francisco, and lodging at the Blue-billed Curassow reserve. Moving further north, we lodged at the Cerulean Warbler reserve near San Vicente de Chucurí and visited the Recurve-billed Bushbird reserve near Ocaña. Final leg of the tour could not be better, birding the Santa Marta Mountains, Isla de Salamanca & Guajira Peninsula.

A total of 438 species were registered (417 seen, 21 heard only). The “birds of the day” list included magnificent birds such as the endemics Black Inca, Blue-billed Curassow, Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, Black-backed Hummingbird (the “bird of the trip”), Santa Marta Antpitta and Chestnut-winged Chachalaca. Also, the near-endemic Chestnut Piculet and specialties such as the Rosy-thrush Tanager, Crested Bobwhite, Bare-crowned Antbird, Black Antshrike, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Jet Antbird, Chestnut-bellied Thrush, Brown-throated Parakeet and Golden-winged Sparrow.


From left to right: Daniel Uribe, José Luis Pushaina (our local guide for La Guajira), David Copas, Debby Reynolds & Jane Andrews at Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary in La Guajira peninsula.