Guided by Andrew Spencer. This was a set departure tour.
Colombia has name draw like no other among bird-watchers. Not only does it have more species than any other country on Earth, it has a bewildering variety of endemics and spectacular birds. And it also, unfortunately, has a negative connotation in terms of safety that every birder has heard of. But, now a days it’s as a safe a destination as almost any other in South America, and more and more birders are sampling its wonders.
And that is a very, very good thing. Not only does it allow birders to see some of the best species on the continent, it pushes forward conservation and awareness of nature in this beautiful Andean country. This year’s tour to Northern Colombia got to see both some of these aforementioned amazing birds, and experience first hand the forefront of conservation in this mega diverse country. We had an excellent trip, establishing a new TB record for number of species seen on the tour, as well as seeing all but one of the possible endemics (two if you count the almost never seen sabrewing).