Guided by Fito Downs. This was a set-departure tour.
Ecuador is one of the finest birding destinations the continent. With a bird list of more than 1600 species, this charming country is truly an avian paradise. We had superb tour that visited a variety of sites in the Andes, from lowland rainforest to lush cloudforest to scenic paramos on the slopes of a volcano. The birds showed well to both our binoculars and our cameras, helped by the numerous feeders at the sites we visited.
Some highlights included our unforgettable encounter with the extraordinary Sword-billed Hummingbird at Yanacocha, both Yellow-throated and Choco Toucans feeding on bananas in Milpe, seven(!) species of antpittas including some very close encounters at Paz de las Aves, 34 hummingbirds including swarms of Booted Racket-tails at the Tandayapa feeders, displaying Andean Cocks-of-the-rock, Andean Condors soaring over a snow-capped volcano, the bizarre Oilbird roosting in a crevasse, and 44 colorful tanagers like the scarce Moss-backed Tanager on the right. Click the link below to read the full report
Read the full TROPICAL BIRDING Northern Ecuador Birding with a Camera trip report (PDF format; 3 MB size file).