“Thee Creature of Extreme Awesomeness“, Sword-billed Hummingbird hovering – Guango EC – 2014-08-14 photo by Greg Miller
Nothing like a little shooting at the local mall to keep me indoors long enough to complete a trip report on the most phenomenal birding adventure I have ever experienced. Ecuador. It is a fantastic place full of thousands of orchids, fresh fruit all year (no seasons), deliciously strong, dark coffee, 16,000-foot mountains with cloud forests in the West, the Amazon Basin rainforests in the East, many wonderful people, and bird diversity like nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere (and arguably, the World).
Northern Ecuador – Andes & Amazon – Aug 2014
Long-tailed Sylph. Ecuador. Photo by Kevin Loughlin, Wildside Nature Tours
Wow! Check out this Long-tailed Sylph! What a stunning creature!
I will be co-leading this trip with Edison Buenaño of Wildside Nature Tours . I met Edison this year at Biggest Week in American Birding. I’m sure many of you also met him. He has a delightfully bright personality and is a keen birder. The tour dates for this trip are August 10-25, 2013. The tour covers a number of fabulous birding areas in Northern Ecuador and the high Andes Mountains. We will also bird in humid rainforests and the Amazon Basin. It will be an exciting itinerary with a wild diversity of birds!
Crimson-mantled WoodpeckerEcuador. Photo by Kevin Loughlin, Wildside Nature Tours. .
And this Crimson-mantled Woodpecker. Jaw-dropping.