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But let’s back up. Before the group even reached the Tambopata River, they had a date with a special bird that only inhabits Guadua bamboo thickets in a very small area of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. Here guide Jesse Fagan signals the group's success in the Forestal Otorongo! (Photo by participant Miles Paul.)
The quarry: Rufous Twistwing! Has any birding tour group seen this bird before? It was recognized as a species new to science in 2002, when Dan Lane found a specimen in a collection and knew it was something undescribed. Many years of work culminated in publication of the formal scientific description: Cnipodectes superrufus. For this tour, guide Jesse Fagan spent days making trails and listening for its humble vocalization, in hopes of adding this bird to the already amazing Tambopata tour. Isn’t it nice when things work out? Okay, we now return you to the regularly scheduled tour….. (Photo by participant Charlotte Byers.)
We really appreciate seeing nice photos of our lodgings! Here is Refugio Amazonas Lodge, with most of the comforts of home deep in the rainforest. (Photo by Charlotte Byers.)