[Collared Puffbird photographed near the Rio Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo digiscoped by Don Freiday, click to enlarge.]
I just returned from a vacaton in a true hotbed of biodiversity, southeastern Peru. We birded the east slope of the Andes and the Amazon basin, primarily along the Rio Madre de Dios.
The region hosts a truly astonishing array of birds - we saw for example about 30 flycatcher species (talk about radiation in a family!) and 15 Psittacids (parrots, parakeets, and parrotlets). And Andean Cock of the Rock, Andean Potoo, White-throated Jacamar. . . really exciting stuff in a truly wild region. Look for an NJAS Ecotravel adventure here in the coming years, probably 2011.