Oh, The Places You’ll Go….To See Birds – The Scarlet-banded Barbet Excursion – June 27-28, 2015

Barbets are small to medium-sized, usually brightly colored birds with disproportionately large heads and thick bills. There are 83 known species dispersed throughout tropical environments in Asia, Africa, and Central & South America. Up until this point in our trip we had seen many species of Barbets, however we were about to begin a search … Continue reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go….To See Birds – The Scarlet-banded Barbet Excursion – June 27-28, 2015

The World’s Tiniest Owl – June 21-26, 2015 – Updates from North Peru

The morning of June 21st we woke up super early (AKA 4:30 AM) to make sure we’d be at our intended destination before dawn, because we were headed to Bagua Chica, aka “the hottest city in Peru,” and we wanted to beat the heat! Aside for being famous for the heat, this small town is … Continue reading The World’s Tiniest Owl – June 21-26, 2015 – Updates from North Peru

The Start of the North – June 15-20, 2015 – Tracking Down Endemics and Putting Up With A New Driver

The next portion of our Peru trip, really just an extension of what we were already doing, involved utilizing our vehicle to visit as many sites for endemic and range-restricted species as possible, obviously picking up all of the common birds along the way. This strategy worked extremely well for us and everywhere we went … Continue reading The Start of the North – June 15-20, 2015 – Tracking Down Endemics and Putting Up With A New Driver

Drama with our Driver – Peru – June 10-14, 2015 – Huanaco, Bosque Unchog, Pueblo Libre

After leaving Oxapampa, we arrived in the Huanaco area, an area with pleasant temperatures (warm days and cool nights) due to its elevation, which was to be our base camp for the next several days. The next morning, June 10 for those keeping track, we birded Carpish Tunnel trail, a birding area mentioned in several … Continue reading Drama with our Driver – Peru – June 10-14, 2015 – Huanaco, Bosque Unchog, Pueblo Libre

Finding a Cloud Forest Screech Owl – June 8-10, 2015 – Villa Rica & Ulcumano Ecolodge

Villa Rica, an area dominated by shade-grown coffee plantations, makes for surprisingly good birding. Located in the central part of the Peruvian Selva, Villa Rica is a quaint area with comfortable weather and is home to many bird species, many which we had never seen before and were excited to find! After leaving Satipo road, … Continue reading Finding a Cloud Forest Screech Owl – June 8-10, 2015 – Villa Rica & Ulcumano Ecolodge

The Start of Birding Peru with a Driver – June 2-7, 2015 – Santa Eulalia Valley, Lake Junin & Satipo Road

While planning our six month long worldwide adventure, Ross and I made the decision to hire a driver for the majority of our Peru trip. Although it was expensive, we coordinated with Kolibri Expeditions (a birding tour company based in Lima) to have a vehicle and thus be able to maximize our birding time. Travelling … Continue reading The Start of Birding Peru with a Driver – June 2-7, 2015 – Santa Eulalia Valley, Lake Junin & Satipo Road

The Amazon with Muyuna Lodge & AMR – May 26-June 1, 2015

The Wattled Curassow, a game-type bird that was nearly hunted to extinction. Found in remote rain forests in the western Amazon Basin, this particular bird was once widespread but is now endangered and extremely hard to come by. Currently the only reliable location to ‘tick’ this bird is from a particular lodge located near some … Continue reading The Amazon with Muyuna Lodge & AMR – May 26-June 1, 2015