Over a decade ago, I was invited by another photographer to go on a bird-centric photo trip to Peru. I admired his work, and thought it would be fun to tag along, despite the fact that the trip really was all about birds. And then he backed out. So I was stuck, and quickly added an extension to the Amazon region along the Peru-Bolivia border to provide some balance (i.e., see some mammals).
The trip was fouled by plenty of issues (starting with extortion in Peruvian customs, a big reason I’m unlikely to ever return), but we got the promised birds. After we hit 45 species of hummingbirds, I stopped counting. However, the primary goal of the trip was a specific hummingbird, the rare and endemic Marvelous Spatuletail, and that one lived up to the hype. My time with the Spatuletail ended up being the highlight of that year, and I credit this trip with increasing my appreciation of birds in general. We did also see some mammals and had some interesting night walks.
I have finally reworked these images for the photo archive. You can head there to check out the full gallery, or view the preview below first.
View the full Peru & Bolivia 2012 gallery (85 images)
I may not be returning to Peru any time soon, but I do have other tropical rainforest tours coming up in places like Brazil, Borneo, Costa Rica, etc. Check out the Workshops & Tours page to learn more.