PHOTOGRAPHS & VIDEOS

all taken on our trips

 

just a few birds videoed during quieter moments of our most recent Bolivia tour.

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Below are two videos taken on the previous trip.

 

 

Titicaca flightless Grebe, video by Pauline Hogg on our first trip there.

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Below are photographs from our 2017 tour.

 

 

Many-coloured Rush-tyrant....probably the prettiest small bird in South America

 

 

Giant Conebill

 

 

Titicaca flightless Grebe with a chick

 

Tiwanaku ruins - the cradle of the Inca Civilisation.

 

 

 

Smooth-billed Ani

Plush-crested Jay

 

 

Blue-crowned Trogon

 

King Vulture

 

 

Short-tailed Antthrush

Guira Cuckoo

 

Crested Oropendola

 

 

Bolivia Slaty Antshrike male above, female below

 

Oilbirds

 

Vampire Bat

 

 

Crimson-crested Woodpecker

 

Dusky-green Oropendola

 

Cinnamon Flycatcher

 

a Bolivian Starfrontlet was mobbing a Yungas Pygmy Owl

Fire-bellied Mountain-tanager

 

Andean Avocet

 

White-backed Stilt

 

 

Cochabamba Mountain Finch

 

Tufted Tit-tyrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Alto, a city above La Paz

 

Bare-eyed Ground Dove

 

Andean Flicker

 

 

 

Titicaca sunset

 

Andean Gull

 

Glacier Finch (White-winged Diuca Finch)

 

This Great Horned Owl was rescued having fallen into a skip.

It was sat on the rescuer's settee!

 

Purple Honeycreeper

 

Black-backed Grosbeak

 

Azara's Spinetail

 

Golden-olive Woodpecker

 

Squirrel Cuckoo

 

 

White-bellied Hummingbird chicks in a nest in the garden.

 

Bananaquit

 

Crested Oropendola

 

Andean Guan

 

Deep Blue Fowerpiercer

 

White-throated Quail-dove

 

Black-crowned Woodpecker

 

Crested Quetzal

 

 

Blue-banded Toucanet

 

 

Cock-of-the-Rock

Cinnamon Flycatcher

 

 

Orinoco Goose

 

 

Many-coloured Rush-tyrant

 

 

 

Yellow-winged Blackbird

 

Black Siskin

 

 

 

Andean Lapwing

 

Yellow-winged Blackbird

 

 

Rufous-collared Sparrow

 

Wilson's Phalarope and part of the 800+ seen at Titicaca below

 

 

 

Titicaca Grebe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titicaca at dawn from the hotel bedroom window

Andean Coot at dawn

 

Barred Fruiteater

 

 

Tawny-bellied Screech-owl

 

inscription on the Sun Gate at Tiwankhu

 

Los Volcanes National Park

 

herding Llamas

 

 

la Cumbre Pass

 

 

Black-crowned Woodpecker

 

 

The "Death Road" made famous by BBC's Top Gear is now a wonderful, spectacular and quiet place to go birding following the creation of a new bypass.

 

Llamas on the shore of Titicaca and below our group took a ride to see phalaropes

Tiwanaku's ancient ruins are the most important in the Andes

 

 

 

All photos below were taken during my  recee in 2015. Of course, there was so much more that is not depicted here. We have to find hotels close to birding sites, the best birding route, and the best local guide. I was accompanied by Hector Slongo, an artist working on the forthcoming Bolivian Field Guide. Hector showed me many of his paintings as he was delivering them to the publisher during our trip.

Together, we visited Lake Titicaca, where there are floating reed-island villages. An old man here had helped Thor Heyedhal to build the Kon-Tiki, as well as several other boats that he would use on his expeditions.

Titicaca is home to a flightless grebe, which we saw extremely well. Our tour will visit the Tiwanku ruins. This is where the Inca empire began, its people spreading north into Peru, finally building Machu Picchu.

Few people realise that much of Bolivia is lowland forest that encompasses part of the Pantanal. So there are Umbrellabirds, macaws and even a cave filled with Oilbirds to visit.

Los Volcanes National Park, has one of the most spectacular back-drops to a birders hotel that I have ever visited. I found Spectacled Bear prints and there are Jaguars here, but both rarely seen. Andean Condors soared over the peaks and Military Macaws roosted on the cliffs. From here, I drove through dry valleys and elfin forest to Cochabamba, home of several endemics that included the Cochabamba Mountain Finch.

La Paz and Coroico have high passes were Andean Gulls and White-capped Dippers haunt the clear streams, below the snowy mountains.

So far few people have visited this country, which retains the charm of its bowler-hatted ladies. Tourism means that new roads and lodges are being built. So as usual, it is good to visit before everything changes.

 

 

 

 

White-capped Dipper

Scribble-tailed Canastero

 

Cinnamon Teal

 

 

Grey-crested Finch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titicaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flightless Titicaca Grebes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Volcanes

 

 

 

 

the tiny flat green patch just left of centre, is where our hotel is!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Paz

 

 

 

 

 

the high pass at Coroico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

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