NE Brazil [2015/2016]

A three-week independent trip to NE Brazil together with Marten Hornsveld and Vivian Jacobs. For logistic convenience we decided to do a roundtrip from Salvador, leaving birding around Fortaleza for a next trip. We visited the Atlantic Rainforest sites of Tamandare, Frei Caneca, Murici, Estancia, Michelin, Boa Nova, Serra Bonita and Mata do Passarinho. Furthermore, we explored the caatinga inland at Boa Nova, Chapada Diamantina, Canudos and Crato.
With almost 450 species it was a fantastic experience of all the great birding NE Brazil has to offer. Many thanks to Ciro Albano and Caio Brito whom we ran into and provided us with crucial birding information, Kevin Flesher and Alexandre Enout for arranging our visits to Michelin and Balbina. Bill, Charles Douglas, Josepha for excellent guiding and Vitor Becker for a wonderful stay at the Serra Bonita Reserve.

Tripreport NE Brazil 2015
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Colombia [2015]


In our previous trips to Ecuador and Peru we became a big fan of birding in the Andes. We decided that the next South America destination would be Colombia. We were joined by Jelmer Poelstra, Sander Bot and Janne Ouwehand and together we planned a nice 2.5 week trip through the Central and Western Andes. We visited Rio Claro, Anori (Chestnut-capped Piha reserve), Urrao (Dusky Starfrontlet reserve), Bolombolo, Jardin, Apia, Montezuma road, Rio Blanco, Nevado del Ruiz and Monterrondo. Since Jelmer, Sander and Janne had a few days extra they also visited Otun Quimbaya & Parque Florida (and skipped Monterredondo).

Tripreport
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Ecuador [2012]


Helen started with a two month stint volunteering for Las Gralarias.Las Gralarias newsletter
Some photo’s of the birds at Las Gralarias

After this Rob joined Helen and we birded Northern Ecuador for four weeks (Februari 18th- March 17):
Las Gralarias, Bellavista, Mashpi, Mindo, Angel Paz, Milpe, Rio Silanche, Mango Loma, Sani Lodge, Wild Sumaco, Gareno lodge, San Isidro/Huacamayos ridge, Papallacta (including visit to Guango lodge).

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Northern Peru [2011]


South America was high on our wishlist of birding destinations. After some research we chose the North of Peru as our first encounter with the continent (we did have some experience with the birdspecies from previous trips to Mexico and Costa Rica).
Peru is an excellent destination for an independent birding trip (although speaking some Spanish makes it easier). Beautiful varied landscape, cheap and most important: lots of endemic species. We saw 528 species in four weeks.

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