Ecuador 2011
February 13 - Rio Bombuscaro Sector, Podocarpus Nat'l Park
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Bird List
We spent the morning on one last birding trip downhill from Tapichalaca Lodge, into the lower foothills of the Amazon Basin. A nice selection of birds, including some lovely views of Speckled Chachalacas. By late morning, the fog had blown in from the lowlands (or the clouds had descended, take your pick). So we made the long, twisty drive to Zamora and the Rio Bombuscaro sector of Podocarpus National Park.

The southern entrance to Podocarpus National Park along the Rio Bombuscaro is well known among birders. Diverse mixed flocks frequent the area for much of the day. It was a bit slow between mixed flocks, but it was frenetic when the mixed flocks moved through. There is so much activity that most birders only make it to the administration building of the park; the half-hour walk from the parking area usually takes all morning. We made it perhaps 1/8th of a mile past the headquarters bulding.

We moved from there to the superb Copalinga Lodge, among the best lodges we visited on the trip. Terrific food, a great hostess and wonderful feeders are just part of the charm. The grounds are ladscaped for birds, and attract an amazing assortment of hummingbirds. Copalinga ranks with better known places like Asa Wright as a birding diestination itself.

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Gold and Green Tanager

Magpie Tanager

Palm Tanager

Speckled Chachalaca

Violet-headed Hummingbird

Tropical Parula

Jim and Nancy, Bombuscaro

Fork-tailed Woodnymph

Spangled Coquette

All photos and text © 2011 Jim & Nancy DeWitt / Frozen Feather Images