Birding in Mindo is excellent. No. That’s a huge understatement, it’s unbelievable, it’s overwhelming. There are about 1,700 documented bird species in Ecuador alone. Birding Mindo, Ecuador is some of the best in the world.
North American birder, ask your guide how many birds they have seen just in northern Ecuador. One my guides, Angel, has 900+ species. That’s about twice as may bird species that occur in North America. While Angel and I walked through the cloud forest we discussed the sense of nature that comes from knowing your birds but even more by knowing their songs.
As we walked he would point and tell me what I was hearing and we would then set off to see it. Identification by song is the most common way of bird identification for scientist and professional birders. Why? Because it’s hard to see them. Think about it. When you are in the jungle in that dense canopy and understory, its hard to see anything but green. For birders and wildlife viewers in general, focus must shift toward the sense of hearing. When you walk in the wilderness knowing bird songs it give you another sense of what is around you. It’s a sense I cherish where I live and I anxiously await the returns of migrants in the spring to have them pique my senses when they sing.
So I chase sounds with my binoculars, desperate to get a good look at what is making them. I don’t even try to get photos because of the possibly that I might miss another bird observation while waiting for the model bird to pose. Unlike ExploreDreamDiscover guide, David Shaw, who is an excellent birder and patient, professional photographer. David manages that balance and its shows in his work.
Even though I said I don’t photograph birds, ExploreDreamDiscover guides in Ecuador, Angel and Sandra, will help you photograph with your point and shoot camera and a scope. Enjoy the pictures below of a handful of birds we saw on a recent birdwatching tour in North and Central, Ecuador.
A typical day in the cloud forest
Thanks for taking a walk in the cloud forest with me.
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