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August 2013

Fundacion Jocotoco have reported that a flock of 36 Great Green Macaws was seen at their Canande Reserve in July. This is one of the largest sightings of this species in Ecuador, so fantastic news! If you would like to visit Canande please let us know and we can work it into a tailor-made trip for you.

Jan 2013 San Isidro feeders for Antpittas – a huge hit with visitors!

Previously it was hard to see Antpittas at San Isidro, like in most places, but due to the success of Angel Paz’s feeding techniques at his Reserve, San Isidro decided to follow this process too. Now there are two regulars pitching up for food each morning, White-bellied and Chestnut crowned. What a privilege to be that close to these incredibly shy birds.

Jan 2013 Sani Isla threatened by Oil Exploration

Sani Isla Kichwa community who run Sani Lodge, have long resisted the financial temptation of letting the oil companies in, looking to ecotourism as an alternative income in order to keep their forests intact. Recently the oil companies have found the community financially vulnerable and are attempting to interest them with offers of new infrastructure, but the people are aware of the immense environmental damage of the proposed seismic work and so far are resisting. See the article in the Guardian.

Dec 2012 Murray has recently produced two stunning apps:

  • Birds of Ecuador - Over 1,400 unique images of 350 of Ecuador´s key birds. Accompanied by description, vocalizations and distribution maps.
  • Hummingbirds of Ecuador - A photographic field-guide boasts a unique collection with 100 of Ecuador's 134 hummingbird species represented.

These can be bought at: or direct on itunes store with a search for Birds of Ecuador, or Hummingbirds of Ecuador.

Dec 2012 Audobon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

Every year birders take part in Audobon’s Annual Bird Count, counting birds for an entire day. Once again, Ecuador came first with 492 species in Yanayacu Valley. The second slot also went to Ecuador for the count in Mindo with 432 birds, followed by Costa Rica in 3rd place.

This just goes to show what an incredible country Ecuador is for birding……


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