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Hummingbirds, Cock-of-the-rock & more, Columbia

Colombia has more bird species than any other country in the world and on this specially designed tour we will enjoy numerous photographic opportunities to capture some of the country’s most stunning birds.

Doing bird photography in Colombia is a must. It is the ‘birdiest’ country in the world. Nowhere else on the planet you will find more bird species than here. There are over 1,900 registered species, 80 endemic, and this number represents 20% of all the species of birds in the world.

With more than 1,900 species recorded, Colombia is the most bird-rich country on earth and one of the best destinations for a bird photography workshop and tour. Our trip begins in the Western Andes region where feeders in the grounds of our lodges and private reserves attract a dazzling variety of very photogenic tanagers, barbets and hummingbirds, including a number of endemics and restricted species. In the surrounding forest a range of quetzals, woodpeckers, motmots and toucans will be among our photographic targets.

The San Antonio Cloud Forest provides an excellent introduction to bird photography in the Colombian Andes. Some of the best bird feeder set ups in Colombia are found within one hour of this bird rich area, each with its unique perches and variety of birds. In addition, for those who enjoy photographing in natural environments this portion of the western Andes offers some very well-preserved habitat. At feeder sites, this tour targets species such as the endemics Multicolored Tanager and Colombian Chachalaca and near endemics such as Scrub, Flame-rumped, Golden-naped, Saffron-crowned, Rufous-throated tanagers. In terms of hummingbirds, more than 20 species occur at the feeders including Blue-headed Sapphire, Purple-throated Woodstar, Long-billed Starthroat, Long-tailed Sylph, Booted Rackettail and Black-throated Mango.

The route then climbs to the central Andean range, to the world-renown Rio Blanco and Tinamu Reserves near Manizales, where there are excellent chances for Antpittas, tanagers and hummingbirds at the feeders, plus many other cloud forest and montane birds. After more ascending, one can soak in hot springs overlooking the scenic Central Andes and look for species adapted to high elevations in Los Nevados National Park with the beautiful Nevado del Ruiz as a backdrop.

We then head to Jardin to the world’s best photography set up at an Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek, where it is common to have more than 10 individuals posing for the cameras. The tour ends with a day in Bogota, photographing more than ten species of hummingbirds at the very famous Observatorio de Colibris.

Fly in Cali, Columbia Nov 04-14 2022 - SOLD OUT / Nov 04-14, 2023
 Nov. 04-14, 2024 -  info@hemmingsphototours.com
Price: $6495 USD pp. Deposit: $2000 USD Balance due Aug.18. or CDN$, Deposit $2480 includes tax.
Flight Destination: CLO Cali Columbia
Included: All expert photo instruction, meals starting with welcome dinner on first night, guides, drivers, land transportation. Airport pick up and drop off.  All accommodations based on double occupancy. Single Supplement $500.
Not included: International airfare to place of tour origin. Any additional nights accommodation outside of the tour dates. Additional tips for staff such as guides and camp staff. Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance. Some meals, beverages, alcoholic beverages. Laundry, phone

and other items of a personal nature.  Extra day trips not included in the itinerary.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW
Learn multi-flash Hummingbird Photography: Learn techniques to use 4 flashes to achieve otherwise impossible flight photographs of these flying jewels.  We will be sharing  techniques for taking multi-flash images that actually look natural . Participants will also learn how to do set-ups for birds using more than one flash. These skills can easily be taken home and applied in your very own backyard!
Macro photography of tropical insects and frogs: At each of our locations there will also be opportunities to find and photograph an amazing diversity of colorful frogs, butterflies and insects. Spectacular landscape photography: The rainforests of Columbia are spectacular places and the opportunities for landscape photography are superb. We will also keep our fingers crossed for a clear day up in the mountains where we may be able to create beautiful mountain images.

COLUMBIA ITINERARY 

ARRIVAL Nov.03 (CLO)–Cali Columbia 

DEPARTING Nov. 03, 2022 Note, dates & itinerary subject to change based on scheduling. 9 days of photography

Nov. 02- Overnight Cali

Nov. 03 / 04/ 05

Nov 06/07/08

Nov. 09/10/11

Nov. 12 - Cali Airport to home

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B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner (N= Night) included

Arrival Cali (CLO) Columbia Airport pick up and transport to Cali Hotel (D) Welcome dinner

 (D) Enjoy taking photographs of birds around the hotel or read a book by the pool, as we wait for everyone to arrive. (N1)

After breakfast we drive 3 nights. Here we photograph 

This is an action packed bird photography workshop and birding tour. There are plenty of opportunities to video the amazing hummingbirds.   Please read our Refund Policy

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AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!

"Costa Rica Bird Photography Workshop I have nothing but positive praise for the Costa Rica- Biodiversity Workshop with Natures Photo Adventures -workshop leader David Hemmings. David and his local guide Vernon made this an outstanding workshop experience. Some of the outstanding elements were the close encounters with numerous beautiful bird species in their natural environment; the opportunity to photograph gorgeous hummingbirds in flight; and to be able to see and photograph the stunning Resplendent Quetzal, Trogons and beautiful Macaws. 

 

David’s wonderful sense of humor, patience and knowledge made for a relaxing and inspiring learning environment. Vernon’s excellent ear for bird sounds and intimate knowledge of the environment opened up many opportunities to see and photograph exotic birds. The accommodations and meals were excellent with special care to individual dietary restrictions. I highly recommend this workshop. By the way, my experience was so positive, that I have signed up for the Alaska grizzly bear photography workshop in August 2014" T. Churchill