Endemic tanagers of Peru
Endemic tanagers of Peru

A Guide to Bird Photography and Travel

Abra Patricia, located in the Andean region of Peru, in Chachapoyas, it is a birdwatcher’s paradise. With over 500 bird species, including several endemic and endangered species, the reserve offers ample opportunities for photography and birding. In this article, we will explore the best ways to capture the beauty of the birds in Abra Patricia and provide tips for planning a photography and birding tour.

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Why Abra Patricia?

Abra Patricia is home to a diverse range of bird species, from the colourful Andean Cock-of-the-rock to the elusive Yellow-scarfed Tanager. The reserve’s varied ecosystems, including cloud forest, montane forest, and paramo, provide a habitat for a wide variety of birds.

Chachapoyas is located in the heart of the cloud forest region, drawing bird watchers from around the world who choose to stay overnight in the area to rise early and venture into the nearby hills.

Among the species found here is the Spectacled Owl, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Endangered, it shares its habitat with monkeys, coatis, orchids, parrots, insects, and the Andean cock-of-the-rock.

The private conservation area Área Patricia is part of the Alto Mayo protection zone. In 2013, it was chosen as one of the 7 wonders of threatened species, attracting hundreds of visitors from numerous countries.

Planning your photography and birding tour:

When planning your tour, it’s essential to consider the best time to visit. The dry season, from May to October, is the best time to see a wide variety of birds. However, it’s also essential to consider the specific bird species you hope to photograph. For example, the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, which is known for its spectacular courtship displays, is most active during the breeding season from April to June.

It’s also important to plan your route and choose the best birdwatching trails. Additionally, hiring a local guide with knowledge of the area and the birds can greatly enhance your experience.

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Tips for bird photography:

When it comes to bird photography, patience is key. Birds are often skittish and may fly away at the slightest disturbance, so it’s essential to approach slowly and quietly. Using a telephoto lens and a tripod can also help you get close-up shots without disturbing the birds.

Another important aspect of bird photography is lighting. The best light for photography is soft and diffused, which can be found in the early morning or late afternoon. In contrast, the harsh light of mid-day can cause harsh shadows and washed-out colors.

Finally, it’s essential to consider the background when photographing birds. A clean and uncluttered background can help the bird stand out and make for a more striking image.

Abra Patricia is a birdwatcher’s paradise, offering ample opportunities for photography and birding. With over 500 bird species and varied ecosystems, the reserve is a perfect destination for capturing the beauty of birds in photographs. By planning your tour, choosing the right birdwatching trails and hiring a local guide, and following tips for bird photography, you can make the most of your visit to Abra Patricia.

Colourful Birding invites you to discover beautiful bird gardens that can be visited and that create a space of protection for many animal species. Do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information about our bird photography travels.