TRIP REPORT, SOUTHERN ECUADOR, by EXPLORAVES, leaded by PABLO ANDRADE.
SOUTHERN WINGS. February 2018.
The south of Ecuador, another of the recondite destinations chosen in this amazing country with the most attractive landscapes, ecosystems and endemic birds, do together with an affordable accommodation, private reserves, and the Podocarpus National Park, an unique an excited experience that captivates those who wants to enjoy and to know different birds, or complete their list with the specialties of the south from the highlands until the lower regions of the Chocó and Tumbesian regions.
The initiative for this trip was made by David Cock, a traveled birder, together with Pablo Andrade designed an affordable trip in Loja, Zamora, and el Oro provinces. In spite that days stablished were a little short, we covered the main and important areas of ecosystems and birds, from the highlands to the lowlands, and completing with the amazon basin along the Nangaritza River.
Our program was of 11 days and 10 nights and the places visited were: Zamora Province: Tropical Forest: Copalinga Reserve and Podocarpus National Park; Yankuam Lodge – Nangaritza River – Maycu Reserve; Paquisha – Chinapinza – Cordillera del Condor; Tapichalaca Reserve –Cloud Forest (Casa Simpson lodge ); Cerro Toledo (Páramo); Hacienda Gonzabal – dry forest; Buenaventura Reserve – Choco Región – Umbrella bird Lodge - Cloud forest.
The participants: a nice team of 8 serious birders: David Cock, Scott Ramos, Dave Swayne, Faye McAdams Hands, Tom O'Callahan, Laurel Parshall, Jan O'Callahan, Janet Woodward, and the guide Pablo Andrade.
Among the large amount of birds we saw and heard I can mentioned severals: Torrent Duck, Gray headed Kite; Plain breasted Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Bearded Guan, Wattled Guan, Plumbeous Rail; Military Macaw, Golden-plumed Parakeet, Pacific-pygmy Owl, Black and Whte Owl, Tawny-bellied Hermit, Black-eared Fairy, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Great Saphirewing, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Velvet-purple Coronet, Purple-throated Sunangel, Glowing Puffleg, Neblina Metaltail, Green-back Trogon, Coopery- chested Jacamar, Black-streaked Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, Pale-mandibled Aracari, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari, Choco Toucan, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Red-stained Woodpecker, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Spectacled Prickletail, Lined-checked Spinetail, Fasciated Antshrike, Collared Antshrike, Lined Antshrike, Uniform Antshrike, Black-crowned Antshrike, Checker-throaed Antwren, Foothill Antwren, Pygmy Antwren, White-flanked Antwren, Slaty Antwren, White-browed Antbird, Zimmer´s Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Esmeraldas Antbird, and others heard; Jocotoco Antpitta, Chestnut-naped Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Slate-crowned Antpitta; Elegant –crescen Chest, chusquea Tapaculo; Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Rufous-headed Pygmy Tyrant, White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant, Black-and-white Tody Tyrant, Orange-banded Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Baird´s Flycatcher, Yellow-checked Becard, Barred Becard, Foothill Schiffornis; Dwarf-tyrant manakin, Blue-rumped Manakin, Golden-winged Manakin, Barred and Fiery-throated Fruiteater; Amazonian and Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Andean Cock-of the-rock; Marañon Thrush; Tawny-faced Gnatwren; many Tanagers including Flame-crested Tanager and Orange – throated Tanager.
Top Birds: Lanceolated Monklet, Wattled Guan, Neblina Metaltail, Jocotoco Antpitta, White-bellied Pygmy Tyrant, Amazonian Umbrella Bird,
I was very pleased to share and work with these people. Thanks to all of them.