Tuesday, 31 July 2012

21 days of birding in Peru – 51 endemics

After our first 21 days of birding (excluding two not birding days) our trip total was 487 bird species seen.  We had also heard another 10 birds, giving a total number of birds recorded as 497.
Chris had seen 124 new birds, I had seen 125 and Birdgirl 128.  Between us, we had seen 133 new birds from our target list.

Of these, we have seen 51 Peru endemics out of a possible 103 official endemics and another 2 as yet undescribed endemic species.

I’m pretty pleased with this and it puts us on target for my ideal of 300 new birds between us from our target list (which Chris thinks is pie in the sky).

The trip so far has been great.  Our Guide, Alex Durand, from Kolibri Expeditions has been excellent and has put in effort to dig out the birds for us – really going the extra mile.

The trip has been well organised by Kolibri Expeditions and all very comfortable.  The hotels have virtually all been of a higher standard than I was expecting on a budget tour and certainly better than if we had booked them ourselves.  I would definitely recommend them.

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