In case you missed it, 2018 is “The Year of the Bird” and in celebration thereof, NatGeo (i.e., National Geographic) has inaugurated an avian tour in Ecuador. Dorky as it may sound, my sister Liz and I like birdwatching, so we signed up for NatGeo’s expedition and spent ten days in Ecuadorian rain and cloud forests watching hundreds of that country’s 1,600 species of birds. Here are a few photos from that trip.
This bird is a Lyre-tailed Nightjar and, as you can see from his expression, he is not quite ready to wake up and start the day (or, in his case, the night). This is exactly how I felt most mornings when we rose at 5:00 a.m. so we wouldn’t miss the morning bird activity.
Our dugout canoe at the Napo Wildlife Center, waiting for us to set out for the day. Luckily, our guide, Marcelo, and his assistant, Fausto, did all the paddling.
“Dense” doesn’t begin to describe the ecosystem of the rain forest. This stretch is on a small stream off the Amazon River in the Yasuni National Park. Hours after I took this photo we returned by canoe to this area just in time to see a jaguar resting in the bushes.
A few days into the trip, we traveled to Antisana Ecological Reserve. There is a volcano hidden in the clouds behind us. Of the two or three specks (humans) in this vast landscape, I am the short one.
For more information about this wonderful trip, check out National Geographic’s description HERE.