Birdwatching in Manu & BirdFair 2016

Birding in Tambo Blanquillo Lodge – Photo: Alfredo Fernández

Birding in Tambo Blanquillo Lodge – Photo: Alfredo Fernández

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.

Dusky-headed Parakeets – Photo: Alfredo Fernández

Dusky-headed Parakeets – Photo: Alfredo Fernández

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.

Green Honeycreeper – Photo: Alfredo Fernández

Green Honeycreeper – Photo: Alfredo Fernández

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 for 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 our booth!

Turquoise-fronted Parrot – Photo: Alfredo Fernández

Turquoise-fronted Parrot – Photo: Alfredo Fernández