June 21, 2016
For the last 27 years, the biggest event related to Birdwatching has occurred in Rutland, UK. Also known as the “Birdwatching Glastonbury”, the Bird Fair attracts thousands of birdwatching enthusiast from all over the world, as well as tourist operators and the leading brands in the birdwatching industry.
BirdFair 2016 Trailer:
As any regular reader already knows, Manu National Park is a premier destination for Birdwatching.
To put things into perspective, North America has roughly 915 species of birds. Manu National Park has over 1000. And our list at Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, exceeds the 350.
For example, if you wish to see the 16 species of Hummingbirds that live in North America, it would take you weeks of travel around the US and Canada. However, if you wish to see to see 16 species of Hummingbirds in Manu, it might take you a morning or two.
Talking about Morning walks, a typical early-morning walk will provide the average tourist with a lot of interesting birds. We normally have a few Owls and Potoos around the Lodge calling at dawn, as the tourists get ready for their day. Once the sun reaches over the horizon, activity peaks. The real treasure of the Amazon Rainforest are the mixed flocks –a conglomerate of different species of birds moving together throughout the forest. A single mixed flock can provide you with up to 50 species in less than 5 minutes!
In 1982, Ted Parker and Scott Robinson managed to identify 331 bird species on a single morning, in the grounds of Cocha Cashu Biological Station. This record remains unbeaten (without the use of motorized transport).
In 2015, Cornell University and eBird introduced the ‘Global Big Day’, and international event that challenged people to see and record as many bird species as possible during a 24-hour period. In 2015, Peru won, recording over 1000 species. And a few weeks ago, Peru managed to get the first place again during the 2016 edition, remaining the undefeated champion, with over 1100 species.
During the 2015 edition of the Peruvian Big Day, Alfredo Fernández and Angel Bartra represented Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. They recorded around 80 species from a stationary point –the Blanquillo Claylick- as they waited for recently reported Turquoise-fronted Parrot, a species that could not be seen anywhere else in the country.
There is still a lot of research to be done in this remote corner of the Amazon. Lets not forget that roughly one year ago, a Turquoise-fronted Parrot was recorded in our Blanquillo Clay-lick, being the first record of that species in Peru!
In hopes of further promoting –and therefore, conserving- this amazing ecosystem, we have teamed up with PromPeru, and will be taking part of this year’s Bird Fair. If you happen to be visiting the event, don’t hesitate to visit the PromPeru booth, or contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).