Great Sapphirewing


Glossy Flowerpiercer


Booted Racket-tail


Cloud Forest


Shining Sunbeams


Carunculated Caracara


Sickle-winged Guan


Yellow-breasted Antpitta


Sword-billed Hummingbird


Brown violet-ear


Tyrian Metal-tail


Shining Sunbeam


Purple-bibbed White-tip


Green-crowned Woodnymph


Golden-naped Tanager


Parasol de los Pobres


Velvet Purple Coronet


Andean Gulls


Orange-billed Euphonia


Green-crowned Brilliant


Sparkling Violet-ear


White-bellied Woodstar


White-throated Quail-dove


Purple-throated Woodstar


Mt. Antisana


Green Violet-ear


Sapphire-vented Puffleg


Spotted Woodcreeper


Flame-faced Tanager


Black-tailed Trainbearer


Blue-winged Mountain Tanager


Brown Inca


Chestnut-crowned Antpitta


Sparkling Violet-ear


Giant Antpitta


Sparkling Violet-ear


Otavalo


Shining Sunbeam


White-throated Quail-dove


Andean Coot


Otavalo

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Birds of Ecuador
October 2018


Andean Cock-of-the-Rock


  • Ten days of photography
  • Small group – limited to 5 participants
  • Multi-flash hummingbird photography (equipment provided)
  • Instruction and advice based on your needs and experience
  • Seven locations
  • Diversity of species, habitats, and elevations
  • All lodging, meals, guides, and in-country transportation included

With over 1,600 species in an area smaller than the state of Arizona, Ecuador's diversity of birds is among the highest in the world. The country's location on the equator means that migrating birds will visit from both the northern and southern hemispheres, and its range of elevations, from sea level to over 20,000 feet, provides a great variety of habitats. On past trips we have photographed
100 or more species of birds, including up to 30 species of hummingbirds.

For our next trip to this beautiful country, I will be adding a few new locations along with some favorites from past years. We will visit seven birding locations in Northern Ecuador, sampling habitats on both sides of the Andes for maximum biodiversity. Our elevations will range from about 4,000 to 13,000 feet (1,200 to 4,000 meters), and our target species will include toucans, trogons, antpittas, tanagers, barbets, quetzals, caracaras, and many more. We'll visit a lek to photograph the mating display of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. We'll look for Andean Condors on Mt. Antisana. And we'll see an amazing variety of hummingbirds at almost every location.

Our photography will include a variety of techniques, using both existing and artificial light. In many locations we need to rely only on natural light, using high ISO as needed. In other situations, we'll use on-camera fill-flash to soften shadows and balance the natural backlighting. We'll also use multi-flash lighting setups at feeders to capture stunning photos of hummingbirds in flight. Instruction and advice will be provided based on your level of experience.



Masked Trogon


Itinerary
The itinerary for 2018 has not yet been finalized. If you'd like to be among the first to receive the details,
get in touch and I will email you as soon as I have them. Meanwhile, you can read the itinerary from 2016, and a list of species that we have photographed on previous trips.

Cost
The cost will be announced as soon as the itinerary has been set. I expect it to be the same or very close to previous trips, at around $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Your cost includes:
  • Lodging for eleven nights
  • Three meals per day, beginning with breakfast on Day 2 through breakfast on Day 12
  • Bottled or filtered drinking water
  • All transportation within Ecuador, using private vehicles
  • Local, English-speaking guides
  • Tips for our driver and guides
  • All entrance fees
  • Use of multi-flash lighting equipment
  • Photography instruction based on your level of experience
Not included: Travel to and from Ecuador, alcoholic beverages, additional meals, additional nights lodging, laundry, phone, additional tips, other personal expenses, or travel insurance. Please ask about any specific dietary requirements.

Other options: If you'd like to arrive early, stay late, or explore Quito - a beautiful city full of history and culture -
just ask and I'll send you the details.






Andean condor



Sword-billed hummingbird



Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager


Yellow-breasted Antpitta


Booted Racket-tail



Otavalo



Crimson-rumped Toucanet


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Sparkling Violet-ear


Rufous Antpitta


Crimson-rumped Toucanets


Blue-winged Tanager


Russett-backed Oropendola


Red-headed Barbet


Masked Flowerpiercer


Golden Tanager


Cinnamon Flycatcher


Booted Racket-tail (female)


Plain-brown Woodcreeper


Palm Tanager


Rufous-fronted Wood Quail


Rufous-naped Brush-finch


Tyrian Metal-tail


Eared Dove


Green-crowned Brilliant


Stout-billed Cinclodes


Purple-throated Woodstar


Blue-gray Tanager


White-whiskered Hermit


Buff-tailed Coronet


Tawny Antpitta


Carunculated Caracara


Andean Ruddy Duck


Blue Morpho


Great Thrush


Red-tailed Squirrel


White-whiskered Hermit


Great Egret


Southern Yellow Grosbeak


Wolf Spider


Rain Frog


White-tailed Deer


Sparkling Violet-ear


Buff-tailed Coronet



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