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A WEEK IN THE LLANOS OF COLOMBIA: HATO LA AURORA

A week in the Llanos of Colombia: Hato La Aurora

2017-llanos-colombia-ascanio.pdf (461 Kb)

 

CUBA (5) 2017

Cuba (5) 2017

2017-cuba5-bird-note-ascanio.pdf (477 Kb)

 

CUBA (4) 2017

Cuba (4) 2017

2017-cuba4-ascanio.pdf (608 Kb)

 

CUBA (3) 2017

Cuba (3) 2017

2017-cuba3-ascanio.pdf (483 Kb)

 

CUBA (2) 2017

Cuba (2) 2017

2017-cuba2-ascanio.pdf (546 Kb)

 

AMAZON CRUISE 2017

Amazon Cruise 2017

2017-amazon-cruise2-ascanio.pdf (538 Kb)

 

PANAMá 2016

Panamá 2016

2016-panama-ascanio.pdf (459 Kb)

 

VENT LESSER ANTILLES ABOARD THE SEA CLOUD 2016

Tour description: Once again, a sea with pastel blue or green colors, an incredible and rich history, outstanding cuisine and the beautiful and breathtaking Sea Cloud combined with exquisite birds opened to a memorable journey across six of the Lesser Antilles to see all the endemic parrots, tremblers, hummingbirds, orioles and bullfinches.

2016-lesser-antilles-ascanio.pdf (367 Kb)

 

VENT CUBA (3) 2016

Tour description: No matter how many consecutive times I lead a Cuba tour there´s is always an excitement accompanying me as if this was my first time ever guiding in this amazing island. Maybe be because its uniqueness or its endemic birds, or probably the mix of Neotropical warblers, perhaps its amazing art deco architecture mixed with an unique contemporary history or quite surely the mix of all of it.

2016-cuba3-ascanio.pdf (403 Kb)

 

VENT CUBA (2) 2016

Tour description: Our Cuba tour started at the airline counter of the Miami airport with Cuban-Americans checking bags of all sizes, many covered with a protective blue plastic, flat screen TV’s, electronic devices, tires, car parts and much more. I reminded you to say good-bye to fresh lettuce and uncooked vegetables for these days and with an espresso coffee in hand we boarded the flight to Cuba. Shortly after 45 minutes in the air the plane tires screeched the tarmac of Santa Clara airport and big hands were offered to the pilot: A local tradition. What a nice welcome to Cuba!

2016-cuba2-ascanio.pdf (489 Kb)

 

VENT COSTA RICA (2) 2016

Tour description: once again, a great success. How different can it be when such small country hosts an amazing mix of hummingbirds, tanagers, tyrant-flycatchers, toucans and great people?

2016-november-costa-rica-ascanio.pdf (495 Kb)

 

VENT COSTA RICA (1) 2016

Tour description: It might has been a sunny afternoon of 25th September 1502, when Christopher Columbus (he liked to be called thenCristobal Colón) reached what´s today called Puerto Limón, in the Caribbean lowlands of Middle America. I can only imagine his crew astonished seeing a pair Great-green Macaws flying and some of the American natives with Collared Aracaries in their shoulders as pets. But, what really surprised Colón were the gold-ornaments that many of the Quiribís were wearing and, having the false impression that such land was very rich in gold he decided to call it Costa Rica. Neither Colón or his crew ever imagined that the richness wasn´t its gold or other

precious metal but the hundreds of birds that decorate Costa Rica and make it a great birding destination. In fact, it wasn´t until the late 1800 and early 1900 that ornithologists started focusing in Costa Rica and only then they discovered the true gold of this amazing country: its biological richness.

2016-july-costa-rica-ascanio.pdf (718 Kb)

 

VENT AMAZON CRUISE 2016

Tour description: Our flight to Iquitos left arid Lima behind as it gained elevation. Those of you that had a window seat enjoyed the snow-capped peaks and glaciers as we passed through the Andes. As soon as we were on the East side of the Andes we noticed that these mountains were dropping to an extensive green carpet, so big that the word “extensive” seemed minute when compared to it. As we approached to Iquitos we noticed windy rivers, flooded forest and oxbow lakes. From the air, this vegetation seemed homogeneous. Yet, the days to come were an eye-opening experience to understand the complexity of this “apparently” uniform vast green biome.

2016-amazon-cruise2-ascanio.pdf (585 Kb)

 

VENT COSTA RICA R&E 2015

Our tour started in Cerro de la Muerte, a mountain that´s part of the Talamanca Cordillera, where a hummingbird-filled week gave us views of the near-endemics Volcano Hummingbird, White-throated Mountain-Gem and Fiery-throated Hummingbird. But Cerro de la Muerte is notorious not only for its unique tanagers and hummingbirds but also for hosting a healthy population of the incomparable Resplendent Quetzal. Thanks to the effort of Marco and Santiago, you got to see not only a female but also an adult male throughout the scope.

The second part of our tour focused in theCosta Rican Caribbean side and included a visit to the buffer zone of Braulio Carrillo national park. We took a gondola ride along the aerial tram and we were welcomed with views of orchids, epiphytes and canopy feeding flock, at eye level! Add to such list of wildlife a view of the Bare-necked Umbrellabird, a member of the Cotingidae only found in Costa Rica and Western Panama and also the rare Baird’s Tapir.

In the lowlands we visited the famous La Selva (OTS) station. This impressive land mixes tropical humid forest with edge habitat and covers approx. 3,900 acres. As we were in a relaxed and easy style, we birded the entrance area and walked the flat trail along the river edge.

To complement the mix of habitats, we took a boat trip to the Sarapiqui and San Juan rivers. From the starting point we were exposed to seeing new species, from the common Mangrove Swallow to the less common and hard-to-find American Pygmy Kingfisher. We came across Buff-rumped Warbler, trogons and found a tree packed with figs where 4 males Snoy Cotingas were pulling fruits continuously. On our way back to the dock we saw something jumping into the water: a neotropical otter! This magic moment wrapped-up a tour that I am sure will take many days for you to digest, once you´re back home, in a cooler but drier environment.

2015-costarica.pdf (6035 Kb)

 

VENT PANAMA’S CANAL R&E 2015

Gamboa, with its picturesque houses, was our starting point and headquarters for this week filled with wildlife. Well maintained gardens were home for a Buff-breasted Wren nesting, an energetic male Fasciated Antshirke and Gray-headed Chachalacas. At the mouth of the Chagres river we enjoyed views of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Blue-winged Teal and Muscovy Duck. There was also a Pied-billed Grebe and Magnificent Frigatebird. We also came across interesting mammals and reptiles such as White-throated Capuchin Monkey, Mantled Howler Monkey, Geoffroy´s Tamarin, American Crocodile and iguanas. A bird commotion in the brush at the river edge revealed a Red-tailed Boa that had just digested a small bird although one of the highlights for the tour was a Red-brocket Deer, a lifer for Eliécer - our local guide.

Along the famous Pipeline Road we saw the unique Green Shrike-Vireo, White-whiskered Puffbird, two species of trogons (gartered and slaty-tailed), woodpeckers, motmots, a family of Purple-throated Fruitcrow plus Golden-collared and Blue-crowned manakins.

In the unparalleled Canopy Tower we enjoyed the diminutive but well-dressed Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, a young male Blue Cotinga, Brown-hooded Parrot in flight and much more. Down, along the road, we experienced army ant specialists. All tour participants saw the beautiful Bicolored Antbird and some glimpsed the bird-gem of the swarm, the Ocellated Antbird.

Our last afternoon was spent at the Metropolitan Park, where we received our last and most important gift for the day: a Rosy Thrush-Tanager perched and seen throughout the scope. This rounded-up this compact tour that visits so many locations, in a Relaxed & Easy pace, and still offers you an amazing mix of birds, history and culture of unique Panama. Want to see more?  Join us next year in another Neotropical bird experience!

2015-panamacanal.pdf (5701 Kb)

 

VENT CUBA 1, 2015

Cuba continues to offer a unique mix of birds, culture and architecture hardly matched anywhere in the Caribbean. Our first approach to the Cuban birdlife allowed us views of the widespread Cuban Blackbird and the territorial Cuban Emerald. We also saw our first Red-legged Thrush, a distant Cuban Pewee and several Antillean Palm Swifts nesting in the restaurant´s entrance roof. Day by day we added more endemics and rounded up seeing most of it! Highlights included the Blue-headed Quail-Dove and the Cuban Today!

2015-cuba1.pdf (464 Kb)

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VENT AMAZON CRUISE 2015

Our second-of-the-year Amazon Cruise was what I would call a magic trip.  That means a nice mix of quality birding, great group dynamic and unparalleled ship’s staff! Day by day, we learned about various topics, from sedimentary river islands and oxbow lake, to Moriche palm stands or terra firme and riverine forests types. We also discussed the differences between Varzea (riverine forest in white water rivers) and Igapo (riverine forest in black water rivers) and appreciated the birdlife in each one of these habitats. The Amazon wasn’t a show just to your eyes but to your ears as well. Do you remember the cacophony of macaws, parrots, parakeets and parrotlets every morning when commuting to the foraging grounds? Or the choreography of the Black-capped Donacobius when one met another? That´s the Amazon!

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VENT CASA MARIA & HATO PIÑERO 2015

Our Casa Maria and Hato Piñero tour provided an incomparable mix of birds, mammals and habitats unique to the Neotropics. This year we started in a different way: with views of blue-and-yellow and chestnut-fronted macaws flying over the valley of Caracas. We also enjoyed orange-winged and yellow-crowned parrots in flight as well as the Rose-ringed Parakeet (introduced from Asia) commuting to the roosting site. In Casa Maria we enjoyed an amazing mix of tanagers while in Hato Piñero we were chased by a jaguar!

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VENT NEW YEAR IN THE LLANOS TOUR 2014-2015

Our last of the New Year tour in the llanos was filled with amazing views of Sunbittern, Agami Heron, Pinnatted Bittern and an amazon array of desert scrub species due to a domestic flight missed. We will relaunch this tour in few years!

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VENT PANAMA´S CANAL R&E TOUR 2014

As I wrote this Field List I found myself wandering between images and memories of our Panama´s Canal Zone tour and, it was hard to pick one or a handful of it as favorites. There was a good reason: there were so many highlights! From tiny and colourful hummingbirds to astonishingly beautiful tanagers and honeycreepers. Everyone agreed that having an Ornate Hawk-Eagle landing on a heavy branch was a highlight of the tour.

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VENT PANTANAL PHOTO SAFARI 2014

Our inaugural photo safari into Pantanal could not start in a better way: with six jaguars seen (and photographed!), giant anteater, red-legged seriemas, Helmeted Manakin, superb close views of hyacinth macaws and amazing sights of giant river otters! Please, see the photo album to enjoy cardinals, parakeets, lizards, snakes, curassows, finches and orioles!

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VENT EASTERN VENEZUELA 2014

Our 2014 Eastern Venezuela tour started near the southern bank of the Orinoco river in the Cachamay falls. Here, Orinocan Saltator was seen. Continuing south, we drove to one of my favorite birding areas: Sierra de Lema where we admired the astonishing Guianan Cock-of-the-Rocks and the bright and distinctive White Bellbird. Also, we saw a Black Curassow walking along the road and a pair of Roraiman Barbtail climbing a mossy branch. A visit to Rio Grande represented my my 25th consecutive year seeing this amazing eagle! A grand-finale boat trip to the Orinoco Delta gave us views of the recently described Rio Orinoco Spinetail and Delta Amacuro Softtail. Also an unnamed wagtail tyrant and Black-chested Tyrant!

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VENT-IE CUBA 2014

Cuba has been the most interesting, fascinating and intriguing tour I have ever lead in the Caribbean. A mix of unique history, endemic birds and unparalleled charming people made this tour one hard-to- forget in the years to come.

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VENT THE LESSER ANTILLES CRUISE 2014

“Six countries, seven islands and a wonderful ship to sail the Caribbean” That’s definitively the way to describe the Lesser Antilles Cruise. We travelled for the birds but also enjoyed the unique cuisine, learned about plants and trees, discussed sugar trade and the making of rum, learned about back-and-forth battles and the presence of pirates during the colonial time as well as other aspects of the Caribbean people’s life. We virtually saw all the endemics we could see (including all the endemic parrots) and rounded-up the tour with an amazing view of the Whistling Warbler!

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VENT ANTIGUA, BARBUDA AND MONTSERRAT (PRE-TRIP) 2014

A pre-trip focused in finding Barbuda Warbler and Montserrat Oriole. We nailed both species! Finding the oriole involved a walk in a forest rich in ferns and lush vegetation. After about half an hour we came across a pair of orioles but they were difficult to see. We decided to continue the trail another pair were enjoyed foraging from about eyelevel to midstory. This species was a lifer for everyone and a great birthday gift to me!

2014precruise-lesserantilles.pdf (317 Kb)

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CASA MARíA & HATO PIñERO 2014

A colorful welcome by a parade of tanagers,euphonias and trogons was the way to start this unique tour in the Neotropics where you get to see a myriad of tanagers, flycatchers and waterbirds and still look for birds at a relaxed and easy style. Also, a good number of mammals, reptiles and amphibians were observed. Some included spectacled caimans, llanos side-necked turtles, capybaras, iguanas and a 20+ minutes encounter with an ocelot rounded up a fantastic tour!

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VENT PANAMA’S CANAL R&E 2013 (TOUR 2)

Our second Panama relaxed & easy tour was equally successful to the first one! We enjoyed a nice mix of neotropical birds, a boat trip in Lake Gatun, frenzy bird feeders including honeycreepers, tanagers and parakeets, siesta time every day, delicious meals, a superb visit to the old Panama city and above all, easy birding. Enjoy the tour report!

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HELIANGELUS: TEPUIS OF VENEZUELA AND RORAIMA IN BRAZIL 2013

Samuel visited Venezuela with a group of Swedish birders and visited the north central and eastern parts of Venezuela as well as northern Brazil. They got amazing views and photos of little known bird species. The list speaks for itself!

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VENT PANAMA'S CANAL R&E 2013 (TOUR 1)

Our inaugural Panama relaxed & easy tour provided more than expected: A superb mix of neotropical birds, frenzy bird feeders, siesta time every day, lots of laughs, beautiful hummingbirds, delicious meals and above all, easy birding. See the tour report and enjoy it!

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VENT ESTERN VENEZUELA 2013

Once again, Eastern Venezuela provided superb views of bird difficult in other Neotropical locations. Highlights included Tepui Tinamou, Red-banded Fruiteater, Gray-winged Trumpeteer, Flutist and Museician wrens, and Guiana Cock-of the-Rocks. A boat trip to the Orinoco Delta gave us excellent views of Delta Amacuro Softtail (recently described!), River-island Spinetail and an unmanned wagtail tyrant.

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YANOMAMI 2012

An expedition to spend days with a Yanomami community in their Shabono (rounded communal house) was a great opportunity to look for birds in this remote corner of Venezuela. Various range extensions found!

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PANAMá BIRDERS 2012

Bill Adsett and many friends came to Eastern Venezuela and visited Sierra de Lema, Rio Grande, Tumeremo, Tucupita, the Orinoco Delta, the Caripe area (and the Oilbird cave), the Turimiquire mountains and the Araya and Paria peninsula. Eastern Venezuela is a most for birders wanting to see a large number of endemic species along with cotingas and Harpy Eagle.

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THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2012

This report compiles the species seen in the fifth consecutive VENT Dominican Republic tour and what a way to celebrate it: with astonishing views of a pair of Hispaniolan Crossbill and a Bay-breasted Cuckoo scoped while perched on a open branch. On seeing both species we were able to nail all the diurnal endemic birds of the Dominican Republic .

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LOS ANDES & HATO EL CEDRAL 2012

This was our inaugural VENT R&E tour to this part of the country and what a way to start it: with views of Red Siskin, Zigzag Heron and Agami Heron! While in the andes we observed birds in humid and moist forest, in the llanos it was the time for enjoying extensive wetlands and gallery forest. Despite the large number of species seen we worked at a slow pace.

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CASA MARíA & HATO PIñERO 2012

Once more, the most popular R&E VENT tours succeeded in showing an impressive number of bird species and still spend short time in the field. The light bulb of Casa Maria provided views of woodcreepers, antshrikes, and an impressive array of tanagers. At night, Black-and-white Owl was seen as well. Then, in Hato Piñero we saw all seven species of ibises, 11 species of waterbirds and 14 species of birds of prey!

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PUERTO RICO 2011

Our first full day in the island found us at the Maricao highlands where Elfin Woods Warbler, Puerto Rican Spindalis, Puerto Rican Emerald and Green Mango were observed nicely. At the following day the Guanica forest and La Parguera were our locations, and from there we saw Puerto Rican Flycatcher, Puerto Rican Woodpecker, Puerto Rican Tody and the threatened Yellow-shouldered Blackbird. Furthermore, in the night of the 18th we matched the success of the morning when having astonishing views of Puerto Rican Nightjar and Puerto Rican Screech-Owl, being both species our last yet-to-see endemic of the island. Well, except for an almost-impossible-to-see: The Puerto Rican Parrot, which was seen very well at the end of our tour!

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THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2011

This was the driest Dominican Republic tour I have ever lead. At Los Limones we were fortunate to enjoy a pair of Ridway´s Hawk while in Sierra de Bahoruco we had amazing views of most of the endemic species of this small but interesting country. Our tour ended with birding in Lago Enriquillo and Laguna de Oviedo where enjoy distant views of the American Flamingo.

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THE LESSER ANTILLES 2011

When Birds of the West Indies was published in 1936 little was known about the ecology of these Caribbean islands and much less about its author: James Bond. Today, endemic birdlife of each island is protected under rigid conservations laws and programs and thanks to that we were able to observe and enjoy all the parrots and endemic species of the islands we visited, except for the Semper’s Warbler. Read the tour report enclosed and you will find a paragraph explaining how James Bond the ornithologist, was later related with another Bond, the code name 007!

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SUNBIRD MAIN TOUR 2011

A tour report covering most of the relevant birding locations in western Venezuela, including the Andes, the Llanos and the Henri Pittier national park.

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2011

Unlike the 2010 tour, this time we were exposed to rain almost every day and that affected bird activity. Birds that normally are active during the dry season were somehow quiet, while many uncommon passerine were not only active but singing regularly. Also, Masked Duck was seen with ducklinks and Pinnated Bittern flew in front of our van in the W side of the island of Trinidad. In Waterloo we were able to report a rare vagrant to these islands, Herring Gul. One of the most special moments was the finding of Rufous Night jar (singing and scoped!) in Aripo, a lifer for our local guide, Mahase.

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CASA MARíA & HATO PIñERO 2011

Where can you expect to see a roost of Scarlet Ibis, dozens of Yellow-knobbed Curassow, more than 13 species of passerine eating the moths attracted by a light bulb, Black-and-white Owl, 25 species of Tyrant-Flycatchers, hummingbirds, tanagers, woodpeckers, wrens, warblers, the Venezuelan Troupial and still bird at a very slow pace? Our Relaxed and Easy Casa María & Hato Piñero tour is the answer! Look at the enclosed tour report and you will discover it!

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COSTA RICA 2010

There is no other country in the Americas where the saying small is beautiful applies better than Costa Rica. Our tour visited key birding areas inclusing Carara, Monteverde, Arenal, Selva Verde and Poas volcano. We did bird narrow trails, visited suspended bridges, took boat trips and enjoy hummingbird feeders while enjoying the rich and tasty coffee of Costa Rica!

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PUERTO RICO 2010

In this tour we enjoyed great cuisine while having the opportunity to see all the endemic birds of the island. Sadly, it was our last tour visiting Hacienda Juanita.

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THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2010

Birding the Caribbean always brings great expectation due to the fact that as a leader I will always face something unexpected! This year those unexpected situations turned-out in our side: While seeing Eastern Chat Tanager sang in fairly open understory for several seconds we realized that all the endemic bird species of the Dominican Republic were seen throughout the scope! That included astonishing views of LaSelle Thrush. Also, at Los Limones we enjoyed 7 individuals of the severely threatened Ridgway’s Hawk.

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2010

This time we were astonished to enjoy 13 species of birds of prey in a single day, and 13 species of hummingbirds for the whole trip! In Little Tobago and well camouflaged White-tailed Nightjar was roosting next to the trail while tanagers and honeycreepers were enjoyed at the feeders of Asa Wright. An interesting feature of this year was the presence of the weather pattern named El Niño, bringing a severe drought on northern South America. While forest birds were seen actively searching for a small berry, a fruiting tree or a stream with dripping water, birds inhabiting grassland had to deal with the extensive fires in fields and grasslands.

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CASA MARíA & HATO PIñERO 2010

Relaxed & easy does not necessary means fewer birds than any other regular tour. This is our third tour prepared for a relaxed birding and still saw more than 260 bird species ranging from the ground-dweller and solitary Short-tailed Antthrush to the active and gregarious Guira Tanager. This short tour also offered the opportunity to study tyrant flycatchers, and we saw 34 species of it!

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EASTER VENEZUELA 2009

Our sixth consecutive Summer Eastern Venezuela, where we managed to see all the tepui endemic species, Black-chested Tyrant, River Island Spinetail and a Softtail yet to be described!The tour packed 22 species of Psittacidae (Macaws, parrots, parakeets and parrtotlets), 25 species of hummingbirds and 67 species of Tyrant-Flycatchers. A must for the neotropical birder!

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THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2009

In a little more than a week we packed all the endemic species of this little but rich country. Most of the endemics were found in the Barahona mountains and surroundings, where we had great views of La Selle Thrush and White-fronted Quail-Dove. This country is a must for the birder interested in island endemic species and island biogeography.

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CASA MARIA (CARABOBO) AND HATO PIñERO (LLANOS) 2009

Relaxed & easy does not necessary means low richness. This is our second tour prepared for a relaxed birding and still saw about 250 species, ranging from the astonishing Agami Heron to the diminutive Southern Nightingale Wren. This short tour also offered the opportunity to study tyrant flycatchers, and we saw 36 species of it!

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THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2008

In a little more than a week we packed all the endemic species of this little but rich country. Most of the endemics were found in the Barahona mountains and surroundings, where we had great views of La Selle Thrush and White-fronted Quail-Dove. This country is a must for the birder interested in island endemic species and island biogeography.

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EASTERN VENEZUELA 2008

Our classic VENT Eastern Venezuela tour involved amazing views of Black-faced Hawk and Harpy Eagle (this was our 18th year having views of Harpy Eagle!). Birding in the Pacaraima mountains was better than ever, as we birded from the same area without sop for more than 4 hours. In this tour we were able to sight 21 tepui endemic species, plus the always rewarding Rufous-throated Antbird and White-plumed Antbird!

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HATO PIñERO 2008

R&E tours are designed for participants willing to have a more relaxed birding experienced. Nevertheless, this does not means a dramatic drop-off in the number of species at all! In a week tour we packed almost 200 species while spent all nights in the same location. There was ample time given for midmorning siesta and prior to each meal. One remarkable aspect of the tour is that we gave enough opportunities to study the tyrant-flycatchers, having seen 30 species of this impressive family.

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SIERRA DE LEMA, RIO CUYUNI WATERSHED, RIO GRANDE AND THE ORINOCO DELTA 2007

This is the fifth consecutive VENT Summer Eastern Venezuela tour. Highlights were a Harpy Eagle, 26 tepui endemics and three yet undescribed species: a softtail, a wagtail-tyrant and a spinetail. Also 17 species of Pisttacidae, 22 species of hummingbirds and 59 species of Tyrant-Flycatchers in a eleven days tour.

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EASTERN VENEZUELA PRIVATE TOUR 2007

This inventory gives a good idea of the massive richness of the birds in eastern Venezuela. Neil came with friends for the second time to Venezuela, this time to look for many endemic species as possible, plus the massive Harpy Eagle and the inquisitive army ant specialists. In two weeks we reached 500+ species, including more than 25 endemic species!

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MATURíN, CAñO COLORADO, CARIPE AREA, MORICHAL LARGO RIVER, TUCUPITA AND ORINOCO RIVER, SE VENEZUELA 2007

Here is the birdlist for the day tours, post-conference tours and Hotel Morichal Largo area. Highlights includes Harpy Eagle (seen in two tours!) and many tepui endemics

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COAST OF ARGENTINA, CHILE, PERU, ECUADOR AND PANAMA 2007

The spreadsheet review the species seen in the different field trips during the Explorer Cruise along the West Coast of South America. Many good records of pelagic birds, as well as visits to Lauca national park, in Chile.

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SIERRA DE LEMA, GRAN SABANA, PACARAIMA MOUNTAINS, RIO GRANDE, PUERTO ORDAZ 2007

This is the VENT Eastern Venezuela tour that runs every year during the first three months of the year. The Pacaraima mountains were exceptionally good providing sights of Tiny hawk and Bicolored Hawk. Great views of Ash-throated Crake, Harpy Eagle, 22 pantepui endemic species were reported, along with great views of Rufous-throated Antbird and White-plumed Antbird. This file contains photos so it may take some time to open!

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TOBAGO, LITTLE TOBAGO, ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE, MAIN RIDGE AND LOWLANDS OF TRINIDAD 2007

The VENT Trinidad and Tobago tour packed 245 species, representing about 55% of all the birds of this fascinating country. Highlights includes the third record of Double-striped Thick-Knee, White-winged Becard, Sooty Grassquit, Azure Gallinule, Mangrove Cuckoo, Vaux's Swift (may represent the first sight for the country!), Caribbean Martin, Scaled Antpitta and Trinidad Pipin-Guan. This file contains photos so it may take some time to open!

trinidad-tobago2007.pdf (507 Kb)

 

HATO PIñERO, COJEDES. 2007

The 2007 VENT Hato Piñero tour. A week devoted to enjoy the wildlife of this unique private reserve. Again, we suprased the 200 species, with great views of Red-legged Tinamou, Yellow-knobbed Curassow, Sunbitter, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher and many other species. Jaguar was heard while Ocelot and Tapir were seen!

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CAñO CAPUANA, AMAZONAS. 2006

This is the Phelps museum expedition sponsored by Ascanio Birding tours to rediscover the Orinoco Sofftail. Great photos and more than 10 individuals seen!

orinoco-softtail2006.pdf (1534 Kb)

 

CHILEAN FJORDS, TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK (CHILE), CAPE HORN, TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK (ARGENTINA) AND RIO GRANDE AND ATLANTIC COAST OF PATAGONIA. 2006

This is the Clipper Adventurer expedition to the Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn and the Tierra del Fuego. Great views of sea birds as well as rheas, elephant seals, sea lions, dolphins and penguins!

tierrafuego2006.pdf (89 Kb)

 

PARIA PENINSULA CARACAS HENRI PITTIER NATIONAL PARK MORROCOY NATIONAL PARK. 2006

This is the last of the great trip report series done by David Southall. Excellent photos, including range extensions.

nv2006.pdf (1150 Kb)

 

SIERRA DE LEMA, RIO CUYUNI WATERSHED, RIO GRANDE AND THE ORINOCO DELTA. 2006

This is the fourth consecutive VENT Summer Eastern Venezuela tour. Highlights were two Harpy Eagle, 24 tepui endemics and a yet undescribed Softtail. Also 19 species of Pisttacidae and 51 species of Tyrant-Flycatchers in a ten days tour.

se2006.pdf (234 Kb)

 

CARIPE, MORICHAL LARGO, SIERRA DE LEMA, RIO GRANDE, HENRI PITTIER, MORROCOY, CUARE AND MACARAO (COLONIA TOVAR). 2006

This trip was arranged by Ian Sinclair to look for the endemic, near-endemic and rarities of many locations of Venezuela. We started in Caripe for Gray-headed Warbler, continiuing to SE Venezuela for the Roraiman Barbtail and many tepui endemic species. The trip followed towards the coastal area, where Scallop-breasted Antpitta was seen among many other endemic species. Total numbers includes 37 species of hummingbirds, 25 of macaws, parrots and parakeets, 81 species of tyrant-flycatchers and 58 endemic species!

sinclair2006.pdf (671 Kb)

 

HATO PIñERO, COJEDES. 2006

The 2006 VENT tour to Hato Piñero. 218 species, including great views of Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Agami Heron, Yellow-knobbed Curassow, maguari Stork, Spectacled Owl, Chestnut-vented Conebill and Nacunda Nighthawk. Mammals included Ocelot, Capybara, Tapir and Porcupine.

hp2006.pdf (44 Kb)

 

EL AVILA NATIONAL PARK. 2006

A sample of what to expect on half day birding along the road, starting at sea level, in Macuto and reaching 1900m and the ridge of the mountain.

avila2006.pdf (44 Kb)

 

SIERRA DE LEMA, ALTO CUYUNI, GRAN SABANA, RIO GRANDE, CARUPANO, VUELTA LARGA, PARIA. 2006

Jim Black´s tour to eastern Venezuela. A good sampling on what to expect and where to look for many restricted distribution species.

e2006.pdf (111 Kb)

 

SOUTHERN HEADWATERS OF THE CARONI RIVER. 2006

The bird assessment of the southern headwaters of the Caroni river, with a new location for Black-chested Tyrant and many new records for the birds of Venezuela.

pauji2006.pdf (59 Kb)

 

EL PALMAR, RíO GRANDE, LAS CLARITAS, SIERRA DE LEMA (LA ESCALERA ROAD). 2005

For the third consecutive year, here is again the VENT Summer Eastern Venezuela report. Highlights were Harpy Eagle, Crested Eagle, Roraiman Barbtail and the new Roraima Antbird. Also, 19 species of Psittacidae and 46 species of Tyrant-Flycatchers.

se2005.pdf (193 Kb)

 

SIERRA DE LEMA (ESCALERA ROAD), LA MUCUY (PICO HUMBOLT TRAIL), PáRAMO SANTO DOMINGO, YACAMBú NP, CERRO SAROCHE NP, SAN PABLO MARSHES, CUARE WILDLIFE REFUGE, MORROCOY NP, HENRI PITTIER NP. 2005

This was indeed the Antpitta trip and the one with the record of the largest number of endemic antpittas for a single trip, including Scallop-breasted Antpitta and Great Antpitta.

senw2005.pdf (508 Kb)

 

MOUNT RORAIMA. 2005

The exploratory trip to Roraima in 2005 provided many good records, including the first recording of the pantepui race of Band-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus longirostris).

roraima2005.pdf (157 Kb)

 

HATO PIñERO, UPPER LLANOS OF COJEDES. 2005

The classic one week tour to hato Piñero. 211 species and sightings of Ocelot and Jaguar!

hp2005.pdf (50 Kb)

 

HENRI PITTIER NP, LA ARBOLEDA FARM, MORROCOY NP, CERRO LA MISIóN, YACAMBú NP, BARINAS, PáRAMO SANTO DOMINGO, LA MUCUY (PICO HUMBOLT TRAIL). 2004

The classic best of NW Venezuela. We saw all the possible Venezuela endemic species in the itinerary including Scallop-breasted Antpitta and Great Antpitta.

nwb2004.pdf (423 Kb)

 

SIERRA DE LAJAS (PERIJá MOUNTAINS), VILLA DEL ROSARIO. 2004

This is the bird assessment to the Perija mountains. Here we got the first verifiable record of Harpy Eagle and learned about the habitat of Recurve-billed Bushbird.

perija2004-07.pdf (45 Kb)

 

EL PALMAR, RíO GRANDE, LAS CLARITAS, SIERRA DE LEMA (LA ESCALERA ROAD). 2004

Here is the second VENT Summer SE Venezuela. Highlights included a huge army ant swarm with many of the specialists,a s well as Harpy Eagle, both Bellbirds, Ground-Cuckoo and two species of crakes.

se2004.pdf (890 Kb)

 

HENRI PITTIER NP, YACAMBú NP, LA AZULITA, LA MUCUY (PICO HUMBOLT TRAIL), ALTAMIRA, PáRAMO SANTO DOMINGO, SAN ISIDRO, HATO EL CEDRAL. 2004

This trip may holds a world record. 11 species of Antpittas and Antthrushes in 12 days. We worked out every single one, and saw all but one!

nwa2004.pdf (89 Kb)

 

LA ARBOLEDA FARM, CUARE WILDLIFE REFUGE, MORROCOY NP. 2002

P. Shoultz private trip. A short visi to the plains of the E Falcón with the birdlist of La Arboleda farm.

nwb2002.pdf (49 Kb)

 

COLONIA TOVAR, HENRI PITTIER NP, CUARE WILDLIFE REFUGE, MORROCOY NP, CERRO LA MISIóN, LA AZULITA, LA MUCUY (PICO HUMBOLT TRAIL), ALTAMIRA, PáRAMO SANTO DOMINGO, SAN ISIDRO, HATO EL CEDRAL. 2002

This list contains the birds and mammals seen on the 2002 Grand Venezuela tour.

nwa2002.pdf (191 Kb)

 

HATO PIñERO. 2001

A short visit to Hato Piñero. Here is a good sample of what to expect in a short trip to the Llanos.

hp2001.pdf (30 Kb)

 

EL PALMAR, RíO GRANDE, SIERRA DE LEMA (LA ESCALERA ROAD), GRAN SABANA, LA VUELTA LARGA, PARIA NP. 2001

The 6-go Birding group hired D. Ascanio for a birding trip in Eastern Venezuela, from the Gran Sabana to the Paria peninsula.

e2001.pdf (568 Kb)

 

COLONIA TOVAR, HENRI PITTIER NP, CUARE WILDLIFE REFUGE, MORROCOY NP, CERRO LA MISIóN, SAN PABLO MARSHES, ALTAMIRA, PáRAMO SANTO DOMINGO, SAN ISIDRO, HATO EL CEDRAL. 2001

Here is the VENT Summer Grand Venezuela birdlist. This report is a good sample of "what to expect" in the rainy season in NW Venezuela. Lots of altitudinal records! VENT Summer Grand Venezuela.

nwb2001.pdf (97 Kb)

 

EL PALMAR, RIO GRANDE, LAS CLARITAS, SIERRA DE LEMA (LA ESCALERA ROAD). 2001

VENT Summer Eastern Venezuela. With the assistance of the Pygmy-Owl we packed 385 species in a week trip. Highlights included 23 endemic and near-endemic pantepui species in a single day!

se2001.pdf (99 Kb)

 

HENRI PITTIER NP, LA AZULITA, MUCUBAJí, ALTAMIRA, HATO EL CEDRAL. 2001

Here is Richard ffrench´s trip report to Venezuela with Avian Adventures. Includes sightings of special birds such as the Red Siskin.

nw2001.pdf (64 Kb)

 

LOS ROQUES ARCHIPELAGO NP, HENRI PITTIER NP. 2000

The VENT Bird Banding Workshop. Participants had a tremendous opportunity to learn about bird banding techniques and had close encounters with many of the endemic species of Henri Pittier national park.

n2000.pdf (58 Kb)

 

SIERRA NEVADA NP, LA MUCUY (PICO HUMBOLT TRAIL), PáRAMO SANTO DOMINGO, SAN ISIDRO, HATO EL CEDRAL. 2000

A good sample of what to expect of a extended NW tour to Venezuela. Includes Henri Pittier, the high Andes and the famed Llanos.

nwa2000.pdf (74 Kb)

 

COLONIA TOVAR, HENRI PITTIER NP, CUARE WILDLIFE REFUGE, MORROCOY NP, CERRO LA MISIóN, SAN PABLO MARSHES, ALTAMIRA, SAN ISIDRO, PáRAMO SANTO DOMINGO, HATO EL CEDRAL. 2000

Summer Grand Venezuela. Highlights includes second group ever to sight the Plain-flanked Rail, also and altitudinal extension for Saffron-crowned Parrot. Enjoyed Sword-billed Hummingbird and Bearded Helmetcrest as well.

nwb2000.pdf (94 Kb)

 

HENRI PITTIER NP, COLONIA TOVAR, ALTAMIRA, HATO EL CEDRAL. 1999

A good sample of what to expect of a NW tour to Venezuela. Includes Henri Pittier and the famed Llanos.

nwb1999.pdf (246 Kb)

 

COLONIA TOVAR, HENRI PITTIER NP, CUARE WILDLIFE REFUGE, CERRO LA MISIóN, MORROCOY NP, CERRO SAROCHE NP, GUARAMACAL NP, SAN ISIDRO, ALTAMIRA, HATO EL CEDRAL. 1999

VENT Summer Grand Venezuela . Highlights includes 28 species of Hummingbirds, 12 species of Wrens and 30 species of Tanagers!

nwc1999.pdf (182 Kb)

 

CERRO LA MISIóN, MORROCOY NP, CANOABO, SAN PABLO MARSHES, PALMICHAL, YACAMBú NP, CERRO SAROCHE NP. 1999

Maria Allen did arranged a trip with Bob Ridgely and David Ascanio as leaders. This was the first contemporary record of Plain-flanked Rail (Rallus wetmorei).

nwse1999.pdf (168 Kb)

 

HENRI PITTIER NP, MACARAO NP, COLONIA TOVAR, LA CULATA NP, SIERRA NEVADA NP, LA MUCUY (PICO HUMBOLT TRAIL), LA AZULITA, HATO EL CEDRAL. 1999

VENT Summer Grand Venezuela. Highlights includes 28 species of Hummingbirds, 12 species of Wrens and 30 species of Tanagers!

nwa1999.pdf (168 Kb)