Dec 26, 2011

Christmas Bird Count in Manu

Christmas Bird Count in Manu

Hi my friends, I am just back from Manu, I went on the 22nd december.

Birds on the 25th from Atalaya to Acjanaco:
*Birds were mostly seen while going by car.

Russet-backed Oropendola
Tropical Kingbird
Blue-black Grassquit
Rufous-collared Sparrow
White-throated Hawk (01)
Blue-gray Tanager
Plumbeous Pigeon
Yellow-billed Teal

Birds on the 25th from Acjanaco to Paucartambo:
*Birds were mostly seen while going by car.

Black-throated Flowerpiercer
Tyrian Metaltail (02, male and female)
Golden-billed Saltator
Creamy-crested Spinetail
Blue-and-white Swallow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Chiguanco Thrush
Yellow-billed Teal (01 flying, around Challabamba)

Purple Gallinule (See for more details on Facebook)

Dec 14, 2011

Birds of "Villa Marshes" (Pantanos de Villa)

Birds of "Villa Marshes" (Pantanos de Villa)

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasiliensis)

Peruvian Thick-knee (Burhinus superciliaris)

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Dec 3, 2011

Point 1-Sacsayhuaman, PE-CUS/03/12/2011 06:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Point 1-Sacsayhuaman, PE-CUS
03/12/2011 06:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Protocolo: Traveling
2.64 milla(s)
25 species
Andean Goose  1     Vocalizing
American Kestrel  1     Overhead
Peregrine Falcon  1     Overhead
Eared Dove  1
Sparkling Violetear  1
Green-tailed Trainbearer  2
Bearded Mountaineer  1     Was very active feeding on the "tobacco flowers", it was like for an hour nearby.
Tyrian Metaltail  3
Shining Sunbeam  1
Rusty-fronted Canastero  4
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant  5
White-browed Chat-Tyrant  3
House Wren  4
Great Thrush  2
Chiguanco Thrush  8
Cinereous Conebill  6
Golden-billed Saltator  6
Peruvian Sierra-Finch  2
Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch  1
Band-tailed Seedeater  11
Plain-colored Seedeater  2
Black-throated Flowerpiercer  6     Mostly in pairs.
Rufous-collared Sparrow  20
Black-backed Grosbeak  1     Feeding around a small farm.
Hooded Siskin  3
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Nov 24, 2011

1st Checklist for Birds around Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Site

Point 1-Sacsayhuaman, PE-CUS
24/11/2011 07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Protocolo: Traveling
3.0 kilómetro(s)
Comentarios:     04 ENDEMICS
24 species
Andean Tinamou  1
Aplomado Falcon  2
Bare-faced Ground-Dove  2
Green-tailed Trainbearer  3
Bearded Mountaineer  1     Sharing territory with Giant Hummingbird.
Tyrian Metaltail  3
Shining Sunbeam  2
Giant Hummingbird  1
Andean Flicker  1
Creamy-crested Spinetail  1     It was first heard.
Rusty-fronted Canastero  3
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant  8
White-crested Elaenia  1
White-browed Chat-Tyrant  2
House Wren  3
Great Thrush  1
Chiguanco Thrush  10
Cinereous Conebill  20
Golden-billed Saltator  3
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch  2
Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch  1
Band-tailed Seedeater  5
Black-throated Flowerpiercer  10
Rufous-collared Sparrow  20
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Sep 28, 2011

Manu 23rd-26th Sep.

23 SEP.

Species: Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
Date taken: September 23, 2011 at 14:20 hrs.
Location: Manu road between 1st and 2nd tunnel, Cusco, Peru

There were just 4 individuals, all of them adults. (melanurus)

24 SEP.

Species: Black-streaked Puffbird (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
Date taken: September 24, 2011 at 09:03 hrs.
Location: Manu road, San Pedro, Cusco, Peru

This beautiful Puffbird did not care at all about our presence, lethargic bird as the Trogons are too.

25 SEP.

Species: Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus)
Date taken: September 25, 2011 at 12:41 hrs.
Location: Manu, Erika Lodge, Madre de Dios, Peru

The first picture was taken from a platform, when doing the "Zip-linning" or "Flying fox" activity. This is one of the birds that are not easy to spot in the Amazon, because of their cryptic coloration they are one of the masters in camouflage. From far away they seem to be part of the tree-bark or palm snags, it really is amazing!.


Species: Pale-eyed Blackbird (Agelasticus xanthophthalmus)
Date taken: September 25, 2011 at 16:54 hrs.
Location: Manu, Machuwasi Lake, Madre de Dios, Peru

At Machuwasi Lake we go on a raft made out of "balsa wood", and steering with a wooden stick, is the best way to travel to don't scare away our feathered friends and other wildlife, such as the Capybara, considered the largest rodent in the world.

Sep 22, 2011

Manu (Buffer Zone)

Hello, my friends how are you doing?...
This would be the first post, showing my experiences in the field, when going to Manu.

Species: Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra), female.
Date taken: September 07, 2011 at 15:25 hrs.
Location: Manu road between Pillahuata and San Pedro, Cusco, Peru

Note very prominent rufous collar, the male is the one that shows an incredible long tail, maybe in the next adventures I'll be able to get one good picture of it, when flying.

These are nocturnal birds I have seen other species of this family mainly feeding on moths.

Today September 22, starts the Spring in the austral hemisphere of the world.

Tomorrow the 23rd, I will be leaving to Manu, in search of new adventures.

Have a good birding day my friends...

Sep 21, 2011

Birdwatching in Peru

Hello everyone,
I’m a Peruvian guide, specialized in Birdwatching. I’d like to start explaining the meaning of my blog's name “Tuku”, it is a quechua word (Andean language) that means Owl.And "The Birder Adventures", because I'll be writing and posting videos and pictures, of every experience I have in the field, like this would be a kind of a birder diary.

Peru is, and I think will continue to be, considered the paradise for birders; Peru is second place in bird diversity in the world with a number of about 1,850 bird species, plus has a greater number of endemic birds too (we have more than 116 birds that can only be found in our country).
"Ted" Parker, an American ornithologist, who was widely considered the finest field birder / ornithologist that the world had ever seen. Once said: Peru offers ‘bird-enthusiasts’ more than any other country in the world… Being here is like being a child visiting a huge store filled with new and fascinating toys”. And actually that is true.

The main objective of this blog is to promote "BIRDWATCHING" in Peru, a key for sustainable tourism. Also Peru offers cultural, gastronomic, adventure, homestay, esoteric and ecotourism.