Endemics Bonanza Tour
Dates: March 4 to March 25, 2018.
Price: USD 6.300 – GBP 4.375
Supplement single room: USD $482 – GBP 335
Limit: 7 persons
Endemics Bonanza Tour in Colombia in its third consecutive year, in the 22 days tour we observed 55 endemics birds of the 625 that were in total. Visiting the northern part of the Central Cordillera, Valle del Cauca, Magdalena, Choco region and the Caribbean region, including SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA
Day 1: Arrive in Bogota.
Your international flights are likely to arrive in the early morning or late afternoon and you will be taken to your hotel.
Day 2:La Florida park and transfer to Ibagué
We depart around 5.30 for the La Florida park on the edge of Bogota for the Bogota Rail and the Apolinar’s Wren at the edge of the wetland (Both are endemics), also we will look for Silvery-throated Spinetail, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, and small numbers of Spot-flanked Gallinule. Then we will head to the Magdalena Valley, stopping for Velvet-fronted Euphonia and Apical Flycatcher on route.
Day 3: Clarita Botero Area
In Clarita Botero Area, we will look for the elusive and endemics Tolima Dove and Yellow headed Brush-finch another notables include Colombian Chachalaca, Andean Motmot, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Rufous-naped Greenlet and Whiskered Wren.
Day 4-5: Rio Claro Reserve
We will spend a day at Rio Claro where we will look for Grey-cheeked Nunlet, Saffron-headed Parrot, Oilbird, Barred Puffbird and Antioquia Bristle Tyrant.
Day 6- 7: Las Tangaras Reserve and La M Area
We arrive in the Chocó region at one of ProAves top bird reserves “Las Tangaras” named for the many endemic and rare tanagers, including the Gold-ringed, Crested Ant and Black-and-gold Tanager, plus Chocó Vireo, and “Alto Pisones” Tapaculo. We also hope to find the near-endemic Purplish-mantled Tanager, Toucan Barbet, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Empress Brilliant, Velvet-purple Coronet, Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Indigo Flowerpiercer, and many more.
We will head to a place called “La M” to look for Munchique Woodwren and Tanager-Finch, before making our way to Jardin where we hope to visit an Andean Cock-of-the Rock lek.
Day 8: Jardín Area
We will bird the excellent Jardin town Area in the Western Andes. Our main target will be the endemic and endangered Yellow-eared Parrot, the place is full of several species of Tanagers and Hummingbirds as the the White-capped Tanager, Turquoise Dacnis and the Dusky Starfrontlet
Day 9-10: Rio Blanco Reserve
Rio Blanco is one of the best birding sites in Colombia, In particular it is a mecca for lovers of skulking species. Rio Blanco was the first birding location in Colombia to develop feeders for birds especially for antpittas. Our targets there include the Streak headed antbird, masked saltator, green and black fruiteater, Ash colored tapaculo, ocellated tapaculo and grey browed brush finch. Further searching should reveal Black collared jay, streaked xenops, yellow billed cacique, olive sided flycatcher, bar bellied and crimson mantled woodpecker, slaty brush finch, chestnut capped brush finch, lachrymose mountain tanager.
Day 11-12: Otun Quimbaya Reserve
Taking a walk along an open quiet road we hope to connect with several sought after birds including the impressive Red ruffed fruitcrow, the endemic Cauca guan, black winged saltator, Hooded antpitta, Stiles tapaculo, Moustached puffbird, black billed mountain toucan, Golden plumed parakeet followed by such delights as the Highland motmot, white napped brush finch and white capped tanager, white winged becard, saffron crowned, fawn breasted, flame rumped tanagers, green fronted lancebill, marble faced and variegated bristle tyrants and Rufous breasted flycatchers.
Days 13-14: Tatamá Reserve (Montezuma Lodge)
We will spend two full days at Montezuma where we hope to find many cloud forest species. One day will be spent at higher elevations looking for Munchique Wood-Wren, Chestnut-bellied flowerpiercer and White-faced Nunbird. On a second day we will bird at lower elevations where we may come across Gold-ringed and Black-and-Gold Tanagers, Black Solitaire and OIlivaceous Piha. We will also take time to enjoy the hummingbird feeders which hold such species as Velvet-purple Coronet, Violet-tailed Sylph and White-tailed Hillstar.
Day 15: Transfer to Minca, Magdalena
we will leave Montezuma in the morning and take a flight to the city of Santa Marta and from there we will go to a nearby town called Minca. In the afternoon, we will look for the White-vented Plumeleteer, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Steely-vented Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin, Black-throated Mango and Whooping Motmot at the restaurant´s bird feeders. All of them can be photographed easily.
Day 16-17: El Dorado Bird Reserve
We’ll spend the morning birding around Minca and climb up to the ProAves flagship El Dorado Bird Reserve and spent three nights here for 20 endemics, including Santa Marta Parakeet, Blossomcrown, White-tailed Starfrontlet, Santa Marta Woodstar, Santa Marta Antpitta, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta Warbler, Santa Marta Foliage Gleaner, Sierra Nevada Brush-finch and the new Santa Marta Screech Owl.
Day 18: Transfer to Minca
We´ll try as much as possible to clean up all the Sierra Nevada specialties, so in day 18 we may either go back to San Lorenzo Ridge or to lower elevation towards Minca if we missed any target the days before. We also may spend time on the feeders and the compost pile of El Dorado Lodge, where Black-fronted Wood-Quail, Lined quail-dove, Sickle-winged guan, Band-tailed guan and the gorgeous Blue-naped Chlorophonias are common visitors.
Day 19: LosFlamencos Refuge
This afternoon we go to the Guajira desert for near endemics at Los Flamencos Refuge, including Chestnut Piculet, White-whiskered Spinetail, Tocuyo Sparrow and Vermillion Cardinal.
Day 20-21: Tayrona National Park Area
Tayrona is one of the most important National Parks in Colombia, well-known for their superb beaches, but also it is home of a variety of wildlife. Lance-tailed Manakin, White-bearded Manakin and Buff-breasted Wren are quite easy to see, plus the White-necked Puffbird, White-fringed Antwren, and Golden-headed Manakin. The elusive, endemic and critically endangered Blue-billed Curassow is also possible to see there in the early mornings.
Day 22: Sumapaz Paramo
Sumapaz Paramo, is considered the largest páramo ecosystem in the world. Our target there include: Bearded Helmecrest, Apolinar’s Wren, Bogota Rail, Bronze Tailed Thornbill, Chestnut Winged Cinclodes, Many Striped Canastero, Andean Tit Spinetail, Paramo Seed-eater, Plain Coloured Seedater and Black Chested Buzzard Eagle