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Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail 5 day Get-away


Long-whiskered Owlet - Foto Alex Durand

Marvelous Spatuletail and Long-whiskered Owlet Get-away

If you want to see Marvelous Spatuletail, but have very little time, this is the best program for you without being rushed and which will give you a number of other good birds, including a chance to see the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet. Please note that the Spatuletail leks between November and April, but that perfect males can be seen throughout the year.  
The trip also gives visits at bird feeders - especially hummingbird feeders - which provides excellent opportunity for Bird Photography. Some 30-40 species of Hummingbirds can be seen on the trip. 

  December 25 - 2019

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

Arrive in Tarapoto on the evening flight

Hotel in Tarapoto. Dinner not included. 


Day 1: Tarapoto-Rioja. Birding Yurimaguas Road, Tunnel Area and Morro Calzada. Dotted Tanager and Oilbird

Travel to the tunnel area on the Yurimaguas road. Here we find a number of special upper tropical species such as Blackish Pewee, Dotted Tanager and with luck the localized Plumbeous Euphonia.  We also often see Cock of the Rock, Swallow-tailed Kite and Paradise Tanagers. Later we continue to AKONABIKH where there are hummingbird feeders that att


Around noon we continue towards Moyobamba. On the way we shall stop to look at Oilbirds at the Quiscarumi gorge. We finish the afternoon at Morro de Calzada, a strange rock formation on the Moyobamba-Rioja plateau. This area is good for Mishana Tyrannulet, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail and sometimes Spot-fronted Swift and White-chested Swifts which come to roost.  It is also a good spot for nightjars at dusk with Spot-tailed, Rufous, Blackish and Little Nightjar and often calling Common Potoo, as well as Stygian Owl.


We drive for an hour to our hotel in Nueva Cajamarca. 

Day 2: Birding, Yacumama - Afluentes - Abra Patricia - Pomacochas. Ash-throated Antwren, Speckle-chested Piculet

We start the morning in the new birding resource at Aguas Verdes called Arena Blanca. Here the is a fantastic feeding station for Rufous-breasted Wood-Quail and Little and Cinereous Tinamou. Also Yellow-billed Sparrow comes to the grains provided from the feeding station. There is also an area set up for hummingbirds. The speciality here are Green-fronted and Blue-fronted Lancebill, as well as Wire-crested Thorntail,  but there are loads of other hummers too. 


The white-sand forest is very interesting with Northern Chestnut-tailed (Zimmer's) Antbird and  Mishana Tyrannulet.

Midmornig we transfer to the birdy Afluentes area. The flocks in the subtropical roadside forest can be very impressive. Vermilion Tanager, Speckle-chested Piculet, Montane Woodcreeper, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Streaked Xenops, Parasdise, Golden, Blue-necked  and Bay-headed Tanagers and the endemic  Ash-throated Antwren and many other birds. Sometimes we have seen Black-billed Toucan, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Umbrellabird and Andean Cock of the Rock in this area.


In the afternoon we shall continue to Pomacochas via some birding at the Abra Patricia pass for Royal Sunangel, Bar-winged Wood-Wren and Cinnamon-breasted Tody-Tyrant.  We finish the day at the wonderful gardens of Puerto Puerto Pumas hotel where several species of Hummingbirds can be seen, including Black-tailed Trainbearer.


Night at Hotel Brisas.

Day 3: Hummingbirds at Huembo and Pomacochas. Marvelous Spatuletail

We shall be visiting a lek site for Marvelous Spatuletail  in the morning. Later we spend some time practicing bird photography at the Hummingbird feeders at  Huembo with close-up views of the Spatuletail and other hummers such as Collared Inca, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Sparkling Violet-ear, Long-tailed Sylph, White-bellied Woodstar, White-bellied Hummingbird and Bronzy Inca. A rare visitor is Little Woodstar.


Those who are fit enough may want to try for Pale-billed Antpitta up the track to San Lorenzo. Also you can take the vehicle all the way to San Lorenzo, other birds that may be encountered, are Chestnut-crowned Cotinga, White-capped Tanager, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, schulenbergi race of Plain-tailed Wren and Russet-mantled Softtail.

In the afternoon we drive back to the Abra Patricia area. At dusk we shall make the first try to try to see the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet.


Night: Fundo Alto Nieva 

Day 4: Birding at Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge. Ochre-fronted Antpitta and Lulu’s Pygmy-Tyrant

We shall mainly bird the trails at the Fundo Alto Nieva and check out the feeders. The trails are good for Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Barred Antthrush, Wattled Guan, White-faced Nunbird, etc. The feeding flocks contain Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Blue-backed Conebill, Spectacled Whitestart, Pearled Treerunner, White-throated Tyrannulet, Blue-and-Black Tanager and Metallic-green Tanager.


The feeders have Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Bronzy Inca, Violet-fronted Brilliant and Collared Inca. From the lookout one may often see White-capped Tanager. If necessary, we may do a second try for Long-whiskered Owlet at night or try for Cinnamon Screch-Owl. 


Night: Fundo Alto Nieva

Day 5:  Abra Patricia - Afluentes - Waqanki Hummingbird Feeders. Royal Sunangel and Rufous-crested Coquette

After additional search for Antpittas and a stop at the site for Royal Sunangel, if we shall still need, it we shall be birding at Afluentes once more. Later we descend to Moyobamba to have lunch at Waqanki while we are watching the hummingbird feeders here. It is possible to count around 17 species in an hour or so.  One of the best is the Rufous-crested Coquette. We shall arrive to Tarapoto to bird the dry scrub around Juan Guerra for Huallaga Slaty Antshrike and Ashy-headed Greenlet until dusk.


Evening flight to Lima. 


Extension: A way to extend this trip if you have time, is to stay stay the night of Day 5 at Waqanki in Moyobamba. There is a very interesting forest behind Waqanki at Quebrada Mishquiyacu and the Moyobamba vicinity is one of the best areas in all of Peru for various owls and nightjars.



Option: Long-whiskered Owlet and Marvellous Spatuletail 5 days get-away. Days: 5
Price: US$ 1235 (Minimum 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
Single supplement: 80 US$

Include hotels, all food, guiding, transport, checklists.

Does not include flight, bottle drinks with meals, tips and personal expenses .  There are some community and reserve fees you pay directly

For instance: 

Km 24 near Tarapoto - Kopecke's Hermit reserva ($10), 
Aguas Verdes Arena Blanca $10
San Lorenzo fee $10



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