Puffleg Expedition


Instead of writing a regular blog post we decided to make a video about our recent experience searching for Black-breasted Pufflegs and Turquoise-throated Pufflegs in Pinchincha, Ecuador with Jocotoco Foundation. Unfortunately, this will also be our last regular blog post. Kathi has accepted a position with Rainforest Trust and will be working [...]

Birding Coastal Ecuador: Cerro Blanco, Rio Ayampe, Atahualpa, and more


27 February – 7 March 2016. The forests along Ecuador’s south-west coast support numerous dry & semi-humid forest specialty species such as Pale-browed Tinamou, Gray-and-Gold Warbler, Speckle-breasted Wren, Elegant Crescentchest, Pacific Elaenia, Ecuadorian Piculet, Necklaced Spinetail, Esmeraldas Woodstar, Little Woodstar, [...]

Gareno Lodge and El Para Reserve


16-21 February 2016. With our mixed luck getting access to good Amazonian sites, we were trying find good sites for rare birds, so we opted to give Gareno Lodge a try. Gareno Lodge (near Tena, Ecuador) is famous for day-roosting Rufous Potoo and for quite good hilly terra firme birding. Indeed, the Rufous Potoo is still easily found during the [...]

Rio Bigal – A hidden treasure of amazing pristine Amazonian foothill birding!


12-15 February 2016. The foothills in the tropics are hands down one of our favorite zones to go birding in. Anywhere from about 600 – 1500 m in good habitat the birding can be not just good, nor really good, but truly mind-blowing. Not to mention that the climate is typically mild, not too hot, not too cold, and frequently there are fewer bugs; [...]

Amazonian Birding at Sacha Kawsay


3-6 February 2016.  We made plans to visit Shiripuno Lodge in Western Amazonia. Shiripuno is one of the best sites for remote and intact rainforest where there is little hunting pressure; hence you can still find a lot of mammals, Curassows, and Tinamous. Unfortunately, a week before our scheduled visit, one of the uncontacted tribes that still [...]