For those who have chosen not stay in the lodge of Tapichalaca Reserve, I have done a proposal which allow you the chance to visit the reserve and enjoy some of the sought after birds that you can find there, plus some target birds also you can find around the valley of Vilcabamba.
After a confortable rest in some of the nice hotels in Vilcabamba, one I prefer Madre Tierra Lodge, our trip begin very early in the morning, accompanied with our driver we are ready to star our amazing day of birds. Before leave Madre Tierra and depending of light day will be possible to hear some birds around the lodge itself, these include Scrub Blackbird, Peruvian-pygmy Owl, Pacific Hornero or the melodious White-edged Oriole. Immediately we set out our trip to the Tapichala Reserve, road which still is under construction and is paved with concrete the most of the way; this trip takes about 01h20 minutes. The road itself in some places is good to find mix flocks of birds and we most be ready for this encounter, and when we meet the large quantity of birds you will astonish watching lots of colorful birds such as Gray hooded-Bush Tanager, Black ? crested Warbler, Lacrimouse-Mountain Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Golden-crowned Tanager. These flocks also holds some of the sought after such as the inconspicuous Black-headed Hemispingus.
We most follow because we should arrive early to find our guide of the reserve. Once there in the reserve and if we are in the breeding season that begins from october you will be able to see the endemic and endanger of extinction Golden ?plumed Parakeet. Along the path also we can see some birds such as the Pearled Treerunner, Hooded-mountain Tanager, White-banded Tyrannulet, Russet-crowned Warbler and If we are lucky we will see the splendid Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan.
Jocotoco Antpitta Tapichalaca Reserve. Once in the place of the antpitta the park guide will be ready to call and bring sometimes up close or sometimes from far away the spectacular Jocotoco Antpitta, which after some years to get use to being calling and feed it, it have turned quite tame; that is unbelievable because we can feel the good relation that can turn between animals and the man; once they feel, know that none of these people wants to damage them, they can become in very friendly and tame birds. Here you will have the opportunity to make the best photos of one the birds symbols of Southern Ecuador. After to enjoy this marvelous moment and for those who wants to see the nocturnal birds this is the chance to experience seeing in the morning the roosting site of the Andean Potoo. Otherwise if we are unlucky we most go back in the afternoon at dusk, But this option in case we spend us the night in the lodge of the reserve. Another important bird that we don?t have to miss, is the White ? capped Tanger, one of my favorites and target of the birders. On the path itself is possible to find the Chusquea Tapaculo.
Once in the lodge you will see up close lots of hummingbirds while you are enjoying a warm cup of tea or coffee.
Jocotoco Antpitta Tapichalaca Reserve. On the road itself and going down on the way to Valladolid Town you will find other kind of Tanagers such as the Flame ? faced Tanager , Blue ? capped Tanager, or the Saffron ? crowned Tanager. Already in the town although there is not forest, in the surroundings where are some tress or in the place called las palmas is possible to see mara?on?s birds such as the Black ? faced Tanager, Mara?on Thrush.
This is just an overview of the unforgettable staying watching birds in the Tapichala Reserve. I invite you to enjoy this trip. Sincerely Pablo Andrade. firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my illustration of the Jocotoco Antpitta.
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