Lima’s Coastal Marshes and Humboldt Seabird Colonies: Jul 07—09, 2018

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Price: To Be Announced.
($1095 in 2017)
Departs: Lima
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker was born in England but considers himself to be Brazilian, having moved to ...

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Inca Terns and Red-legged Cormorants, Pucusana, Lima, Peru

Inca Terns and Red-legged Cormorants, Pucusana, Lima, Peru— Photo: Andrew Whittaker

Excellent accommodations in Lima for an exciting day of leisurely birding at rich wetlands just outside the colorful capital. Highlights include an exciting boating excursion to huge seabird colonies in these incredibly rich waters.

Heading south out of the city we enter the stark Atacama Desert, quickly reaching the oasis known as the Pantanos de Villa marshes, a wonderful nature reserve rich with both migrants and resident waterbirds. Birds abound here, with a list of around 200 species. Here we hope to see White-tufted and Great grebes; Least Bittern; Puna Ibis; White-cheeked Pintail; Cinnamon Teal; Harris’s Hawk; Plumbeous Rail; Peruvian Thick-knee; Band-tailed, Belcher’s, Gray-hooded, Kelp, and the unique Gray gull, as well as what must be the best-looking of all terns, the magnificent Inca Tern, and (with luck) the rare tiny Peruvian Tern; the stunning Many-colored Rush-Tyrant; Vermilion Flycatcher; Peruvian Red-breasted Meadowlark; Yellow-hooded Blackbird; Chestnut-throated Seedeater; and more.

The quaint little fishing village of Pucusana offers a trip highlight—a boating excursion exploring this incredibly rich coastline that is home to breeding colonies of thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Species we expect to see include the endangered Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Diving-Petrel (rare), Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, Red-legged and Guanay cormorants, the endemic Surf (Peruvian Seaside) Cinclodes, and Blackish Oystercatcher. We’ll enjoy exceptional looks at large colonies of noisy South American Sea Lions, as well as possible encounters with cetaceans that should include Bottlenose and Dusky dolphins.

A quick stop in desert scrub may reward us with Short-tailed Field-Tyrant and Lesser Nighthawk, and depending on flowering plants, we could encounter Oasis Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, and Peruvian Sheartail.