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Hummingbird Photography: Marvellous Spatuletail Tour, Peru - 5 Days

Hummingbird Photography: Marvellous Spatuletail Tour, Peru
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Marvelous Spatuletail-Focused Hummingbird Photography Tour

This moderately paced, 5-day, on request Hummingbird Photography: Marvellous Spatuletail Tour promises spectacular chances for taking award-winning shots of hummingbirds, with a special focus on the endemic Marvelous Spatuletail. This species of hummingbird has been nominated as most wanted by birders and particularly wildlife photographers. The tour is available weekly as a set departure (or available request) where you can expect to see around 250 species of bird, including a dozen or so endemics

If you don't have the time for a full two week's birding in the field, this short trip can still promise you Marvelous Spatuletail as well as possibly 40 or more other species of hummingbirds. However, to catch a male Spatuletail in full plumage you have to choose the right time of year. Spatuletail leks are active between October and May and perfect males can usually be seen most of the year except for late July to August. This is generally the moulting season, which makes observation of males with full spatulas more problematic.

The Hummingbird Photography tour takes you to Huembo Lodge in northern Peru and the Marvelous Spatuletail display site nearby. There are several specialist feeding stations along the way, providing lots of spectacular photo opportunities.

We also visit the feeders at Waqanki Lodge and stay at the legendary Owlet Lodge.  It is possible to upgrade to stay at Waqanki and Huembo lodges.

The tour usually runs weekly, from Monday to Friday, with a minimum of two people. You will find a few set dates have been established but you can request the tour at any time. Quoted prices are based on there being five people on the tour. If there are fewer guests then the price will be adjusted accordingly. For example if you are only two people in the end the total additional cost is only $500 ($100/day), and $250 additional with three people in the group ($50/day).
There are some community and reserve fees that you pay directly to the reserves. These range from $7 to $30 per visit.

In addition to hummingbirds, there will be many more birds to photograph along the Northern Peru birding route between Tarapoto and Jaen. The Golden-headed Manakin lek at AKONABIKH reserve and the Tinamous and Woodquail hide in Arena Blanca provide great photography moments. Fruit feeders also encourage colourful tanagers to come out into the open to pose for the lens. In addition, this hummingbird photography tour is very good for seeing the enigmatic Long-whiskered Owlet as well as other night birds.

This video from MINCETUR gives details about the hummingbird route. English subtitles can be activated.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=367230071134875

Although hummingbird photography is the main focus, the tour is also suitable for more traditional birders who want to tick off as many as possible of the important endemics within the region in a very short time. It is also possible to add on extra days for other special species you wish to see. Just contact Kolibri directly  and adapt the program to suit your desires, time and budget.

Hummingbird Photography: Marvellous Spatuletail Tour highlights include:

  • Visit to a Marvelous Spatuletail lek (time-dependent)
  • Visit to a Golden-headed Manakin lek at AKONABIKH reserve
  • Chance to see Long-whiskered Owlet and other night birds
  • Many of the important endemics of the northern region of Peru

If you want to consider an even more thorough birding tour, have a look at our Complete Manu Road Peru Birding Tour.

Alternative tour name: Photographing Marvelous Spatuletail in Peru Tour

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USD1,285 / per person
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This tour is operated by: Kolibri Expeditions
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Tour Facts

  • North Peru (starts Tarapoto or Jaen)
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax per guide. Larger groups with two guides, and from 10 with two vehicles, giving more flexibility.
  • 5 days
  • Anytime of year is good. Note that male Marvelous Spatuletail often miss rackets from end of July through August in our experience. Lek of MST occur between Nov-April but it is not guaranteed. Refer to FAQ's.
  • Suitable for all ages. Refer to FAQ's.
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English, Spanish, Swedish (Good knowledge in Norwegian and Danish too), Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Mandarin (with translator)
  • Airport Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes
  • Jaen Airport
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