March 2009

  • More bird photos uploaded on my Carpish blog now. Bay-vented Cotinga and Diademed Sandpiper-Plover for example. #
  • My sweet dentist(my wife)just finished session 2 of the root canal. She says the molar beside of is broken. Extraction! I didn’t even notice #
  • I am pricing a tour from April 11 over 8 days containing birding Amazon rainforest, Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, Lima and a Pelgagic. #
  • good morning twitters. I am up early. Wife off to work soon and and daddy’s with Luciana. Let’s do something fun. #
  • feeding Luciana. Green spaghettis. Same stuff every saturday. #

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Birding Carpish

I am very pleased to announce yet another trip to Carpish mountains in April. Yesterday, I got a new booking right after Easter April 18-26. I have recently blogged about my last speed birding 4 day trip to Carpish with Scott Robinson and his friends. See the following posts.
Day 1. Lima-Huanuco.
Day 2. Birding the Carpish Tunnel.
Day 3. Birding Unchog and Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager.
Day 4. Birding Junin.

This time will do a full 9 day tour described on our web-page, but it is possible to shorten it to 7 days.

I thought I’d wet your appetite with some pictures below. They birds are all waiting for you.

Junin Lake. Great for migrating waders, ducks and critically threatened Junin Grebe.

Bay-vented Cotinga. Another threatened endemic of Bosque Unchog, Huanuco, Peru

Andean Goose in flight. Can be seen at Junin Lake for instance.

Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant. Endemic to Peru. Readily found at Carpish. Tied to bamboo.

Rufous Antpitta. ssp obscura  – which has a completely different song.

Diademed Sandpiper Plover. DSP. Isn’t this one of the most spectacular wader there is?. Readily found on the Marcapomacocha road and near Ticlio which we visit on the last day of the trip.

Had to show this mega bird again, when talking about Bosque Unchog.
Endangered Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager.
The maing target bird on the trip.

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Nigeria scam hitting on Peruvian birding company

It is hard to believe that anyone would actually fall for the scam emails stating that you have won, inherited or are asked to store millions of dollars. These are know as NIgeria scams. But a scam type using the same methods is also used to buy items (often on ebay) or services. The other day I got a mail asking for a two week trip.

Here is the mail:


I want to make a reservation for two adults(couple) starting from 14/102009 – 28/10/2009. However,a Certified Bank Cheque of 7,550 EURO will be sent to you, that will cover your rental services and you should keep the remaining money which will be used by the couple for their daily welfare on their arrival.

So,confirm this and provide me with the followings:
(1)The total costof the reservation for the 14 days starting from 14/10/2009 – 28/10/2009
(2) YOUR FULL NAME (name for cheque of 7,550 EUROS )
(3)ADDRESS (for chequedelivery) (4) PHONE NUMBERS. for payment to be delivered to you.Please remember that this business requires prompt response.I also hope there stay will be made comfortable.The clients name are below for the paper work Timothy and Ann King 12 London Rd . .Ashford. Middx. TW15 3AAUK .

David Cole

One could almost believe it is legitimate, because they are asking for a service we can actually provide.  However, suspicion rises when no particular tour is mentioned. Anyway, I decided to play along this one time, because it could be a good excersize to warn others against these practices.

Here is my reply:

Dear David

Thanks so much for this reservation. I assume it for the 15 day birdwatching tour in Northern Peru.
The cost of the trip for two people is 3680 US$ per person – and thus the total is 7360 US$  approximately 5850 Euro.

You find the bank details on our web-site.


Gunnar Engblom

Learn how to recognize the Nigeria Scams on this great wikipedia link.

I shall post updates on this page… come back to pay us another visit.

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Blog Carnival of Birding – I and the Bird

I only started blogging seriously two months ago. And it has been a fantastic experience. One of the best ways to get your birding blog exposed is to participate in a blogging Carnival. You should also promote your blog on social media. Try to use a catchy phrase when promoting instead of just saying “New blog on
I have gotten to know some of the top name of bloggers this way. One of them is Connie Kogler -also known as Lefthanddbirder on Twitter – and she is hosting this issue of the bi-weekly birding blog carnival – “I and the bird” on her blog Birds O’ The Morning.  Connie usually blogs about amazing Colorado, but this time she is on a exploring hunt as she recaptures the bloggers from all over the world. I have the honour to be participating with one story previously published on this page. It is a fine field of bloggers in this issue. Get your buts over there now for some good reading that takes you to India, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Guatemala, Mexico, Singapore, Trinidad&Tobago and of course a number of North American localities.
Where you have to go. I told you once! Birds O’ The Morning.

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Best shots of Pelagic birds from Kolibri Expeditions pioneering Tumbes Pelagic.

This pelagic ran on June 24, 2008 from Punta Sal in Tumbes department and was the first pelagic we arranged in Northern Peru. The result was very satisfying. Indeed it was so satisfying that I immediately re-wrote our North Peru itineraries to also include an optional Tumbes pelagic.

On the trip we documented 2 species previously not photographed in Peruvian waters – Galapagos Petrel and White-faced Storm-Petrel. The later a lifer for me and the former a Peru tick. On March 18, 2009 we shall run the second pelagic. We hope to be able to photograph additional species on this trip, that previously are not documented. See Kolibri Expeditions pelagic web-page for more info.

Above photo: Waved Albatross.

Elliot’s Storm-Petrel

Galapagos Petrel

White-faced Storm-Petrel

Pink-footed Shearwater

Swallow-tailed Gull

Immature Peruvian Booby

Cook’s Petrel

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There is more to a birding tour to Peru than just birds.

For once I am making an exception and blog about a future trip. This particular one includes birding and culture in a great fashion. Also read through the article you shall see that I am giving a fantastic last minute offer. And there are very cheap flights from Miami now. The itinerary is request for the middle of March, combining Northern and Southern Peru and features a pelagic, Chaparri, Machu Picchu and optionally the Amazonian rainforest. What more could you ask for? It is a “best of Peru tour”. The perfect trip to bring your non birding spouse as it gives beautiful scenery as well as many cultural attractions. The trip visits Tumbes, Piura and Chiclayo in the North. Cusco, Machu Pichu and Los Amigos biological Station in the South. Lima acts as a hub with a trip to see condors in Santa Eulalia canyon.

Highlight birding localities of the trip

  • Condor watching in Lima going up the impressive Santa Eulalia Canyon for an overnight stay. Also here Great Inca-Finch and Black-necked Flicker.
  • Birdwatching in Tumbes forest. Semi-dry Spanish moss clad deciduous forest with giant balsa trees with bright green bark and the many species of birds that are endemic for this region.
  • A pelagic tour from the lovely beach resort Punta Sal on which we apart from birds like Galapagos Petrel and Waved Albatross find Humpback Whale and Bottle-nosed and spinner Dolphins.
  • Later we visit Chaparri with the captive breeding program of re-introduced White-winged Guan and Spectacled Bear – as well as spectacular birds such as White-tailed Jay and Black-faced Ibis. Also it is a great place to watch Hummingbirds bathing in a nearby pond.
  • Bosque Pomac that holds the rare Peruvian Plantcutter and Rufous Flycatcher among the target bird species
  • Huacarpay lake in Cusco with many water birds as well as endemic species nearby,  such as Bearded Mountaineer, Rusty-fronted Canastero and Streak-fronted Thornbird
  • Abra Malaga road – cloud forest. With endemics like Marcapata Spinetail, Scaled Metaltail, Red-and-White Antpitta, Cusco Brush-Finch, Parodi’s Hemispingus and spectacular birds such as Sword-billed Hummingbird, Golden-collared Tanager, Grass-Green Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager.
  • Abra Malaga road – Polylepis forest. With rare species such as Royal Cinclodes, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Rust-crowned Tit-Spinetail, Tawny Tit-SPinetail, Puna Tapaculo, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, etc.
  • Abra Malaga road – dry slope. With endemics such as Creamy-crested Spinetail and White-tufted Sunbeam.
  • The cloud forest around Machu Picchu with Cock of the Rock, Torrent Duck, Highland Motmot, White-eared Solitaire, Masked Fruiteater, Inca Wren and Ocellated Piculet.
  • Optional full week at Amigos Research station gives good lodging in the rainforest and over 200 birds and 10 species of monkeys – usually….and maybe more. Electric light and WIFI internet access. Bring your computer to blog from here!

Cultural Highlights.

Did we just loose your spouse??? Call her/him back.

Here are the many cultural highlight and other attractions to the non birder.

  • Guided tour in Lima with visit the excellent Archeology museum. The Incas are only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Lima is the gourmet capital of South America. We shall enjoy some of the fine cuisine while here.
  • Relaxed stay on the beach of Punta Sal.  You may work on the tan if you don’t like boats. Exquisite food.
  • Visit to the Lord of Sipan Museum in Lambayeque.
  • Visit to the pyramids of Tucume and the Tucume museum.
  • Charming Chaparri  Eco Lodge
  • The Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman
  • The Inca ruins of Pisac
  • The Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Cusco town – is one main cultural attraction.

Scenery Highlights

Spectacular scenery and wholesome nature experiences

  • Santa Eulalia Cañon
  • Tumbes forest
  • Pacific ocean at Punta Sal
  • Chaparri Communal reserve
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred valley
  • Abra Malaga
  • The Amazon rainforest at Amigos research station close to Puerto Maldonado.

Day to day Peru program 18 days.

In the below program, flights, hotels, transport, food, excursions, guiding and entrance fees are included in the price. Airport taxes, drinks and tips are not included.

Price: Last minute offer for couples. 3000$ per person.

March 15. AM. City tour with Archeological museum. PM. Start of Condor program

March 16. Condor program in Santa Eulalia Canyon. Return to Lima and flight to Tumbes.

March 17. Tumbes program. Visit Tumbes forest AM. In afternoon transfer to Punta Sal.

March 18. Punta Sal Pelagic. PM transfer to Piura and birding Mangroves of Vice.

March 19. Visiting the Royal Tomb Museum of Lord of Sipan in Lambayeque.  PM arrive to Chaparri.

March 20. Chaparri AM. Rest of morning at Bosque Pomac for Peruvian Plantcutter. PM at Tucume. Evening flight to Lima.

March 21. Start of Machu Picchu cultural birding program (program C) Early flight to Cusco. City tour. Sacsayhuaman, Cathedral, Coricancha in this order. Lunch. Departure to Pisac. Visit Huacarpay on the way. Overnight in Pisac. Charming town and charming small hotel.

March 22. Early visit to Pisac ruins. Birding walking down to Pisac town. Visit the Pisac market. Continue to Ollantaytambo. Visit the archeological site of Ollantaytambo in the PM. Night in Ollantaytambo at Hostal Muñay Tika.

March 23 Full day to Abra Malaga. We shall take evening train to Aguas Calientes. Night in Hostal Pachacutek.

March 24. Full day at the Machu Picchu ruins and birding in the cloude forest nearby.

March 25. Birding cloud forest around Aguas Calientes. In afternoon train and bus to Cusco. Hostal Emperador Plaza.

March 26. Morning in Cusco. Flight to Maldonado at 11.00 Birding near Puerto Maldonado. Hotel in PM.

March 27-April 1. Birds and monkeys at Amigos Research Center. Click on the link for more info.

Photos: License by Common Creative. Machu Picchu: Brian Snelson
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