If you are interested in seeing some Tumbesian Endemics, very close to the Guayaquil Airport in Ecuador, then you must visit Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco. This tropical dry forest is being protected by Fundacion Pro Bosque to conserve the 6078 hectars (15,000 acres) of this fragile ecosystem which boasts amazing life and many endemic birds. One of the most important endemic birds found here is the Great-green Macaw (Ara ambigua) which is considered Endangared due to habitat destruction and capture for cage-bird trade.
The reserve has three main trails that can be covered in a couple of days and they can arrange for bird guide if you wish. Also they have a camping area and also a small ecolodge for a capacity of five. If you wish to visit this reserve you can contact them via their reservation page .
Here are some of the best photos I was able to get in this dry deciduous forest of the local endemic birds:
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White-tailed jay is completely stunning.
Wow. That jay. Just wow.
Thanks, I love that jay too! This was the first time I saw it, and if you look a little closer there are some berries on the tree that he was eating. My heart was pounding while I took that picture.
Great shots of some sweet Tumbesian endemics! Cerro Blanco was the first place where I experienced that bioregion- great birding and would love to go back some day.
Amazing photos, thanks!
Thanks for your comments.
@Pat: Do you have a posting of your Ecuador visits? I would like to read it.
@Wendy, One of thos lucky shots. I always carry my camera just in case.
Hello we work for BOSQUE PROTECTOR CERRO BLANCO we thank you so much for including us in your website, this helps us a lot to get visitants that care for the environment and delight with our wildlife. We would like you update some information about our forest however we need to send a document where it is specified the things we don’t have anymore like the ecolodge and so on. We will wait for an answer.