Thought I’d share with you some content from the last newsletter sent out about 10 days ago. I have done some editing, so please have a read through again if you already read this once. Another newsletter is in the pipeline. If you have not signed up, please do so now to the right. You will get blog summaries, notes on upcoming trips, discounts and special offers. This particular newsletter is a compilation of 6 weeks of posts and hence way too long. Future newsletters will be shorter.
In this issue:
- Upcoming trips Dec-Jan
- Request for suggestions for fixed departures 2010
- Blog posts by Gunnar since the last newsletter.
- Fascination by Mega twitches, new species to science, re-discovered species and critically threatened species.
- Social Media
- Recommended links the last month from Gunnar’s Twitter and Facebook stream.
Upcoming trips December-January.
- Satipo road 7 days with confirmed departures on Dec 26 is species rich and endemic rich at the same time. The trip supports the local community, where a community lodge is to be build soon.
- Los Amigos rain forest birding Confirmed departure Dec 10.
- Manu Community lodges with Greg Laden as host and official blogger. Dec 30. This trip needs more people to run.
In January, 2009 there are more trips. Some are already full, but we can open space on other trips if we get demand.
- Two confirmed Tumbes trips with pelagic included on Jan 4 (two vacancies) and Jan 21 (No vacancies).
- North Peru 2 program (7 days) on Jan 25 (No vacancies), if there is interest a 7 day North Peru program can be set up on Jan 9.
- Manu Community lodges with Rick Wright from Wings as host and official blogger. Jan 10 (need five people to run). Fixed cost.
The rest of the year 2010?
When and where should the tours go? How long should the programs be. One idea which is already happening is promoting the community lodges in Manu through the blogging tours, but one may also do a longer trip to maximise the yield. There are also the community programs in Central Peru of various lengths (one week or Birding Carpish and Satipo road 18 days). We may also want do offer some more comfortable trips ot Manu and Amigos as well as North Peru.
A. Mega-twitches, re-discoveries and critically threatened species.
- MEGA: Eastern Crowned-Warbler draws crowds in the UK
- MEGA: White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis-California first
- MEGA: Alvaro Jaramillo breaks new ground for Pelagics in his backyard
- Banggai Crow (Corvus unicolor) rediscovered.
- Want to re-discover some extinct seabirds?
- The Jamaican Petrel, is it extinct or alive?
- Critically threatened: Spoon-billed Sandpiper special on 10000 birds
- Critically threatened: Floreana Mockingbird restoration
B. Social Media for birders.
- Facebook. The difference between profile, fan-pages and groups.
- Bird blogger’s Tweet club #006
- Bird Blogger’s Tweet Club #007
C. Birding in Peru
- Best time to visit Peru?
- Marvelous Spatuletail. Wordless Wednesday
- Peruvian Thick-knee. Luciana got another lifer #43
- Pishtacos – Human oil extractors – The Bogeymen of Peru.
Recommended links from my Facebook streams.
The number one link was without doubt the BBC high speed footage of the Marvelous Spatuletail lek from the series Life – presented by David Attenborough. A bit bitter-sweet though, because our protegé Santos Montenegro was paid peanuts (290 US$ for 3 weeks of work) and no funding was secured to protect the lek-site on the small reserve which Kolibri Expeditions have funded by raising the money so Santos could buy the land. I am preparing a longer blog post about this issue during the coming days so please check in later – and BBC will be approached. I am sure it wasn’t intentional not to give a larger donation for the conservation project of the lek.side. Needless to say, I was not involved in the filming. I was however approach in an early stage of BBC:s planning and did recommend both Santos and our reserve as well as mentioning the importance of securing the site.
In any case, if you want to see this lek live and in action – the only known place in the world where it can be seen with certainty is within Santos and Kolibri ‘s reserve between December to May.
Jean Paul Perret has done some excellent blog posts on Neotopical birds that I highly recommend. For example.
Niall Perrins from South Africa has a report from North Peru and Lima.
Twitter and e-mail aren’t making us stupider, but they are making us more distracted. A new book explains why learning to focus is the key to living better.