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White-masked Antbird twitch at San Lorenzo

 INTRODUCTION:

White-masked Antbird is now EASY to see at San Lorenzo.

White-masked Antbird Pithys castaneus Photo: Göran Altsted
Recently the rare and little known White-masked Antbird was found at San Lorenzo accessible with light aircraft from Yurimaguas.  Many other cool species occur here such as Black-necked Red-Cotinga and Black Bushbird. 

There is a decent forest around the village still. Birding here sends a message to conserve this accessible forest. 



 DEPARTURES:
  February 22 - 2017


If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.
 THE TOUR:

Day 1  Tarapoto-Yurimaguas. Birding tunel area and ACONABIKH reserve at km 34. 

Transfer to airport at 5.45. You board first flight with StarPeru to Tarapoto that leaves at 7:55 arriving in Tarapoto at 8.55. 
We head off for the Yurimagua road tunnel area which is a classic site for difficult and local Dotted Tanager, Purplish Euphonia and Blackish Pewee. The area is also good for Wattled Guan, Cock of the Rock, Cliff Flycatcher and tanager flocks. Around lunch we decend to the hummingbird feeders at Aconabikh reserve with Kopecke's Hermit and Gould's Jewelfront and many more hummingbirds. There is also a trail with a lek of Golden-headed Manakin. Recently there has been a staked out Long-tailed Potoo here. (Those who would have stayed overnight in Tarapoto the previous night would be birding the tunnel area from dawn)

At km 34 we shall leave the roadside to bird at ACONABIKH reserve and have enjoy one of Kolibri Expeditions famous field lunches and bird the feeders for uncommon endemic Koepcke’s Hermit and the sparsely occurring Gould’s Jewelfront, among many other hummingbirds. Nearby, there has recently been a day perch for Long-tailed Potoo. On the trail to the lek of Golden-headed Manakin, we may have luck to find an army antswarm with Hairy-crested Antbird and White-plumed Antbird attending. 
In the afternoon we continue to Yurimaguas.

Day 2. Flight desde Yurimaguas a San Lorenzo

We shall be early at the airport even though the flight will not leave until 7 AM the earliest. This is one of the most unreliable services of all of Peru, and even though we will have a reservation, we may often get bumped by locals who have preference. All too often have we been told to charter the aircraft. All passengers should carry at least $200 extra in case this happens. We shall make frequent  requests from our office to prevent this, but best to be prepared in any case.

In any case we hope to arrive in San Lorenzo well before lunch, to do birding most of the remaining day.  Apart from the White-masked Antbird, we shall look for Black-necked Red-Cotinga, etc. Basic lodging in San Lorenzo. 

Day 3 Nov 26.  San Lorenzo

All day at San Lorenzo. We may need to find an antswarm to spot our target even if it often has been lured out with careful playback. Other possibilities include. 
Green-tailed Goldenthroat, White-eared Jacamar, Black Bushbird, Lunulated Antbird, Short-billed Leaftosser, Three-striped Flycatcher, Black-necked Red Cotinga and Western Striped and White-crowned Manakins.

If time permit, one may even try to do a boat trip looking for river island specialities. Basic lodging at San Lorenzo. 

Day 4. Flight to Yurimaguas and travel to Bellavista. 

Midmorning we return to Yurimaguas where are van is waiting and drive via the tunnel area again to Tarapoto. Some people will contntinue this day to do our 5 day Marvelous Spatuletail and Owlet twitch or contnue to the little town of Bellavista 2 hours south of Tarapoto for the Scarlet-banded Barbet.   



 TRIP SUMMARY:
DAY 1 Tarapoto-Yurimaguas. Birding tunel area and ACONABIKH reserve at km 24.
DAY 2 Flight to San Lorenzo. Birding in San Lorenzo.
DAY 3 All day San Lorenzo for White-masked Antbird. NIght San Lorenzo
DAY 4 San Lorenzo birding in the morning. Flight to Yurimaguas and on to Tarapoto.
 
 PRICES :


Option: White-masked Antbird twitch at San Lorenzo Days: 4
Price: US$ 1120 (Minimun 5 people).
 
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
 
Single supplement: 30 US$
 

Includes scheduled flight, but note that the flight service is very regular. Sometimes we have been forced to charter the flight with additional costs to be paid at the spot. Be aware and bring $200 extra in case there is this kind of trouble. Also includes food and lodging. The lodging at San Lorenzo is very basic. Bottled drinks during meals is not included. Treated water is included while travelling by road. Bottled water in San Lorenzo is not included. Any small community fees to be paid are not accounted for and has to be paid for on the spot.

 


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