Lima’s Coastal Marshes and Humboldt Seabird Colonies: Jul 09—11, 2016

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Price: $1,095
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Departs: Lima
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker, a senior member of the VENT staff, has led VENT tours since 1993 throughou...

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Inca Terns and Red-legged Cormorants, Pucusana, Lima, Peru

Inca Terns and Red-legged Cormorants, Pucusana, Lima, Peru— Photo: Andrew Whittaker

An action-packed day of birding the top sites, first visiting an extremely rich wetland reserve and migrant trap. Traveling south through the Atacama Desert, our visit to the quaint fishing town of Pucusana will be highlighted by an exciting boating excursion to view seabird colonies along the cliffs of these incredibly rich waters.

Heading south out of the city we enter the stark Atacama Desert, quickly reaching the oasis known as the Pantanos de Villa marshes, a wonderful nature reserve rich with both migrants and resident waterbirds. Birds abound here, with a list of around 200 species. Here we hope to see White-tufted and Great grebes; Least Bittern; Puna Ibis; White-cheeked Pintail; Cinnamon Teal; Harris’s Hawk; Plumbeous Rail; the sought after Peruvian Thick-knee; Belcher’s, Gray-hooded, Andean, Kelp, and the unique Gray gull, as well as what must be the best-looking of all terns, the magnificent Inca Tern, and (with luck) the rare tiny Peruvian Tern. Marshes hold Least Bittern; the stunning Many-colored Rush-Tyrant; Vermilion Flycatcher; Peruvian Red-breasted Meadowlark; Yellow-hooded Blackbird; Chestnut-throated Seedeater; and more.

Many-colored Rush-Tyrant

Many-colored Rush-Tyrant— Photo: Andrew Whittaker


The quaint little fishing village of Pucusana offers a trip highlight—a boating excursion exploring this incredibly rich coastline that is home to breeding colonies of thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Species we expect to see include the endangered Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Diving-Petrel (rare), Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, stunning Red-legged and odd Guanay cormorants, the endemic Surf (Peruvian Seaside) Cinclodes, and Blackish Oystercatcher. We’ll also enjoy exceptional looks at large colonies of noisy South American Sea Lions, as well as possible encounters with cetaceans such as Bottlenose or Dusky dolphins.

A quick stop along a desert stream may reward us with Rufescent Flycatcher (Bran-colored) split, Short-tailed Field-Tyrant, and, depending on flowering plants, we could encounter Oasis Hummingbird, Purple-collared Woodstar, or even Peruvian Sheartail.

Excellent accommodations and great food in Lima.