Trip report: Northern Colombia (Feb 2012) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas and Gabriel Bucheli.

This is a really fun itinerary, and the February tour certainly didn’t disappoint; it may be a short trip, but we sure pack a lot of great birds into it, and we had some great luck this year with some of the tougher birds. Two rare and endemic hummers topped the list of special birds: the poorly known Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird in the mangroves at Salamanca, and the scarce and erratic Black-backed Thornbill that was visiting the feeders at El Dorado Lodge. However, just like last year, it wasn’t even an endemic that won “bird of the trip”. The radiant White-tipped Quetzal took the prize – perhaps also because of the amount of effort required this year for the eventual great sighting; the thrill of the hunt sometimes tilts the balance. Other votes cast included Blossomcrown, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-crested Antshrike, Russet-throated Puffbird, and even one for the beautiful Cottontop Tamarin, and endemic monkey which is always a hit. I’ll also remember it for the fun and very friendly group – you folks really seemed to attract great birds! I hope to travel with you again on another tour.

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