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This October Birding Ecotours tour leader and guide Andy Walker led a custom Pacific Tour around New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa. This custom tour followed our scheduled departure Pacific Tour itinerary, and the 2017 itinerary can be viewed here. The trip report is now online and can be found here. Below, Andy summarizes the trip and provides a few photos. Please visit our tour page for many more photos.

 

We had a great tour around several Pacific Islands this October. First stop was Grande Terre, the largest island in New Caledonia and home to plenty of endemics, several of which are totally astonishing, like Kagu, Cloven-feathered Dove, Horned Parakeet, and the tool-using New Caledonia Crow. These are some of the most interesting, beautiful, and bizarre birds on our planet, and we enjoyed taking pictures and observing them all at length.

birding ecotours kagu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kagu

Cloven-feathered Dove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloven-feathered Dove

We also enjoyed spending time with numerous other endemics, such as New Caledonian Whistler, Yellow-bellied Flyrobin, Crow Honeyeater, White-bellied Goshawk, New Caledonian Myzomela, and Red-throated Parrotfinch.

Our second destination was Fiji. We spent time on three islands: Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, and Kadavu. Here we experienced real Fijian culture and weather and an assortment of exciting birds. Endemic parrots were a big draw with Masked Shining Parrot, Maroon Shining Parrot, Crimson Shining Parrot, and Collared Lory all spectacular birds. However, the shining parrots were outshone by the totally outrageous fruit doves with the following all seen well: Golden Fruit Dove, Orange Fruit Dove, Whistling Fruit Dove, and Many-colored Fruit Dove.

Orange Fruit Dove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Fruit Dove

It wasn’t all about the doves and parrots, though, with loads of other endemics seen well: Azure-crested Flycatcher, Vanikoro Flycatcher, Fiji Whistler, Sulphur-breasted Myzomela, Black-throated Shrikebill, Fiji Goshawk, and of course one of the main Fijian targets – Silktail.

Our final stop was a brief one on Upolu, Samoa, where we found some very nice birds during our short stay. Flat-billed Kingfisher was a big target, and we got good views of several birds. Other highlights included the showy Crimson-crowned Fruit Dove, Cardinal Myzomela, Blue-crowned Lorikeet, Pacific Robin, Mao, Samoan Whistler, and Red-headed Parrotfinch. It was also hard not to enjoy the sight of Buff-banded Rails walking around gardens and roadside verges out in plain sight and totally abundant!

Also while on Upolu we saw the graceful White-tailed Tropicbird and White Terns displaying over forests we were birding in along with a constant stream of Brown Noddies passing overhead taking a shortcut across the island. All very spectacular!

Cardinal Myzomela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardinal Myzomela

This Pacific Tour gives the perfect introduction into the region. Some great food, scenery, and people also accompany the wonderful birds and make for a great experience. A final word from Andy:

There is a lot of work to do on the taxonomy of many species in the region. Recent updates from BirdLife International hint at many proposed splits; however, we used the IOC taxonomy for our tour and so will have to wait whether any of these are accepted by the IOC.

We saw several subspecies across different islands in Fiji or the wider region, and many of these may be elevated to full-species status in the near future. Examples that spring to mind include the Fiji Whistler complex – we saw at least three very different subspecies on the Fijian islands we visited (these looked and sounded very different to each other – see the photos below of two of the three subspecies we encountered, one from Vanua Levu and one from Kadavu). Similarly, the Streaked Fantail on Grande Terre (New Caledonia) looked and sounded very different to those seen on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu (Fiji)… just some food for thought.

The trip list in the Trip Report is broken down to subspecies level so that we can keep track of any potential armchair ticks that may arise in the future!

Fiji Whistler – (aurantiiventris) from Vanua Levu, Fiji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiji Whistler – (aurantiiventris) from Vanua Levu, Fiji

Fiji Whistler – (kandavensis) from Kadavu Island, Fiji.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiji Whistler – (kandavensis) from Kadavu Island, Fiji.

 

 

 


Peru Birding Tours

Peru has the second-highest species list on earth and a huge list of 125+ endemic species; ever more are being discovered as the forests are studied now more readily than in the past. There is a huge amount of habitat to discover, and the remnants of the Inca Empire add to the majesty of any trip here. Because of its large size several trips or one long one are recommended to cover the major regions and give all of the fantastic EBAs (Endemic Birding Areas) due birding.

Birding Tour Peru - Hoatzin- Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests 2017

Duration: 16 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 01, 2017
Date End: July 16, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$6698 per person sharing for 4 - 8 participants, US$7076 for 3 participants, US$8558 for 2 participants
Summary: Welcome to the next tour in our ‘Birding Tour Peru’ collection. This is a classic Southern Peru birding tour, in which we sample a huge range of different habitats from coastal desert to high a...

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Birding Tour Peru - Peruvian Pelican - Alan van Norman

Birding Tour Peru: The Lima Area – Extension to South Peru 2017

Duration: 4 days
Limit (Group Size): 1 - 6
Date Start: July 16, 2017
Date End: July 19, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: 4-6 participants US$ 1174 per person sharing, 3 participants US$ 1336 per person sharing, 2 participants US$ 1490 per person sharing, 1 participant US$ 2180
Summary: During this short ‘Birding Tour Peru’ excursion we will be birding Pacusana, the Santa Eulalia Road,and the Lomas de Lachay national reserve, searching, among others, for the legendary Diademed...

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Birding Tour Peru - Marvelous Spatuletail - Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains 2017

Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 25, 2017
Date End: August 08, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$4871 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$7087 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants. Barbet extension US$1990 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$1826 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants.
Summary: We’re excited to bring you this fantastic ‘Birding Tour Peru’ adventure. Birding in Peru is a great trip that will offer an amazing set of endemic and classic Neotropical birds such as Lo...

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Golden-headed Quetzal by Alan van Norman - Peru Birding Tour

Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road 2017

Duration: 20 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: September 01, 2017
Date End: September 20, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$ 5590 per person sharing (6-8 participants), US$ 5950 per person sharing (4-5 participants), US$ 8728 per person sharing (2 participants)
Summary: Our Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road is perhaps ‘the’ birding adventure of South America, and the Manu Road is one of the obligatory birding destinations of the world. Our 20-day trip will tak...

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Golden-backed Mountain Tanager - Alejandro Tello

Birding Tour Peru: Central Peru 2017

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 27, 2017
Date End: October 14, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$5605 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants, US$8492 per person sharing for a private tour with just 2 participants
Summary: This tour is designed to search for endemics and localized birds of the Central Peruvian Andes. Exploring the highlands of Lima and Andean heights of up to 5000 feet as well as dry riverbeds, cloudforests,...

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Koepcke's Screech Owl by Alan van Norman

Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurimac Jewels 2017

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 6
Date Start: December 12, 2017
Date End: December 19, 2017
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$ 2850 per person sharing (6 participants), US$ 3000 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), US$ 3730 per person sharing (2 - 3 participants)
Summary: Our itinerary “Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurímac Jewels” is designed to provide you with one of the best selections of endemic, range-restricted, and classic Andean species in one of the most popu...

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Birding Tour Peru - White-capped Tanager - Trevor Haardaker

Birding Tour Peru: The Endemic-rich North and Cordillera Blanca 2018

Duration: 26 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8
Date Start: June 05, 2018
Date End: June 30, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$7259 assuming 6 – 8 participants, US$8229 assuming 3 – 5 participants
Summary: This expansive ‘Birding Tour Peru’ expedition of the magnificent north of Peru will lead us through all of the most rewarding birding hotspots of this astounding area brimming with avian riches...

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Birding Tour Peru - Hoatzin- Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests 2018

Duration: 16 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 01, 2018
Date End: July 16, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$7300 per person sharing for 4 - 8 participants, US$7713 per person sharing for 3 participants, US$9328 per person sharing for 2 participants
Summary: Welcome to the next tour in our ‘Birding Tour Peru’ collection. This is a classic Southern Peru birding tour, in which we sample a huge range of different habitats from coastal desert to high a...

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Birding Tour Peru - Peruvian Pelican - Alan van Norman

Birding Tour Peru: The Lima Area – Extension to South Peru 2018

Duration: 4 days
Limit (Group Size): 1 - 6
Date Start: July 16, 2018
Date End: July 19, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: 4-6 participants US$1280 per person sharing, 3 participants US$1456 per person sharing, 2 participants US$1624 per person sharing, 1 participant US$2376
Summary: During this short ‘Birding Tour Peru’ excursion we will be birding Pacusana, the Santa Eulalia Road,and the Lomas de Lachay national reserve, searching, among others, for the legendary Diademed...

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Birding Tour Peru - Marvelous Spatuletail - Ken Logan

Birding Tour Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains 2018

Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8
Date Start: July 25, 2018
Date End: August 08, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$5309 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$7725 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants. Barbet extension US$1297 p/p sharing, 4 - 8 participants; US$2169 p/p sharing, 2 - 3 participants.
Summary: We’re excited to bring you this fantastic ‘Birding Tour Peru’ adventure. Birding in Peru is a great trip that will offer an amazing set of endemic and classic Neotropical birds such as Lo...

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Golden-backed Mountain Tanager - Alejandro Tello

Birding Tour Peru: Central Peru 2018

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 27, 2018
Date End: October 14, 2018
Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: US$6109 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants, US$9256 per person sharing for a private tour with just 2 participants
Summary: This tour is designed to search for endemics and localized birds of the Central Peruvian Andes. Exploring the highlands of Lima and Andean heights of up to 5000 feet as well as dry riverbeds, cloudforests,...

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Buff-fronted Owl - Alan van Norman

Owls of Northern Peru

Tour Start:: Lima
Tour End:: Lima
Price: To be determined
Summary: Birding Ecotours has been operating tours in Northern Peru for almost a decade and has been pioneering in developing a tour like this. Our main objective during this trip will be to track down and show you...

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Diademed Plover - Niall Perrins

Peru day tours

Duration: 1 day
Summary: We offer 1-day Peru birding tours out of Lima. Please contact us for availability and details. ...

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Featured Guide - Eduardo Ormaeche

Head of our South/Central American office in Peru, and senior tour leader in this region. Since 2004 Eduardo Ormaeche has not stopped working for Birding Ecotours. He started guiding tours in his nati ...

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I joined a custom trip, followed by an African Bird Club conservation tour, with Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours, in November 2012. I sent Chris a wish-list and he was very quick to reply with a detailed itinerary based on the list I sent him. I got 42 lifers on this trip, which actually exceeded my expectations: with a world list of over 7000 species, it is tough for me to see new birds anywhere. Both the custom trip and the conservation trip were extremely well-organised, and the Birding Ecotours guides were superb. The African Bird Club will be doing more trips with Birding Ecotours.

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