Hummingbirds are jewels of the birding world, and Ecuador is home to about 130 species! The Andes, Central Valley and eastern slope of northern Ecuador are home to over 80 species, and we will explore the best locations to see and photograph these flying gems with names like Shining Sunbeam, Collared Inca, Mountain Velvetbreast, Sword-billed Hummingbird and an array of Brilliants, Woodstars, Coronets, Avocet-bills and so many more.
Our birding areas will be in cloud forest from 4500 ft up to above tree line in the Paramo at 12,000 ft. Most lodges offer stationary feeder sites as well as wildflower and garden locations in each area in order to find the most species and the best photo opportunities.
For the non-photographing spouses, we will offer many bird walks through the surrounding habitats in search of trogons, quetzals, toucans, warblers and so much more. The photographers are obviously welcome to take a break from the hummingbirds to enjoy these additional birding opportunities as well. Some of the lodges also offer great relaxation opportunities by a pool, fireplace or observation deck.
This trip is designed for any level of photographic knowledge from beginner to expert, so no matter what your skill level this trip will help you get the best possible images of these beautiful birds. Join us for this colorful, challenging and fun photographic adventure!