On our last full day of adventure in Ecuador, we booked a day trip with Tropical Birding, a tour company which offers birding trips in several exotic locales, based on the amazing trip report I found at the Accidental Birder. We were extremely happy with our decision to use this particular company; the service was amazing, and the trip was, well, let me just show you where we went:
We wake up at 4:30am, ready to start the day with a trip to Refugio Paz de las Aves, commonly known as Angel Paz, a private reserve with a cock-of-the-rock lek, several rare birds, and a very intriguing family of owners. We arrive at the cock-of-the-rock lek just before sunrise and meet one of the owners, Angel, who explains to us that we will have a fantastic day today and that we will also be joined in the blind by a professional photographer. In only a few moments, I am impressed by Angel’s candor and fervor for his land and the creatures living on it. Our guide for the day interrupts our short conversation to tell Angel I don’t understand a word he’s saying. Before I can respond, Angel pops off that I know perfectly well what he is saying and that the guide should ask before he assumes there’s a language barrier.
I already know it’s going to be an interesting day.