Parasol de los Pobres
Velvet Purple Coronet
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager
Birds of Ecuador
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.
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.
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:
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.
Booted Racket-tail (female)
Rufous-fronted Wood Quail
Andean Ruddy Duck
Southern Yellow Grosbeak
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