This was a 3 day stopover in Ecuador targeting some much long desired species – especially the Antpittas. I had seen 25 species of Antpitta before this trip without seeing any being fed at feeders so I thought it was about time to cash in on some easier ones.
After meeting up with Roger McNeill we headed straight to Mashpi where we saw the Rufous-crowned Antpitta which was being fed large Crickets from the hand of the guy who had been showing it to visiting birders for several months, even some on week end trips from England! After seeing this we headed straight to Paz de Las Aves where we saw both Moustached and Yellow breasted Antpittas as well as a pair of Dark-backed Wood Quails. Unfortunately Scaled and White-bellied Antpittas were not around at this time of the year. Our last stop was at the famous Tapichalaca reserve where Robert Ridgely found the incredible looking Jocotoco Antpitta twenty years ago, along with a pair of those marvellous beasts we also saw a Slate-crowned and 2 Chestnut-naped Antpitta – neither at feeders!
Western Slaty Antshrike
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Gray-hooded Bush Tanager