A frantic last morning at Yankuam had us scouring the road for their star bird, the beautiful and rare, Orange-throated Tanager, which at about 10am became vocal and landed wonderfully in a tree overhead for us to gawp at for some time, admiring the blue on the wings and of course the throat, which looks like it has been set on fire.
With the tanager in the bag, we returned to the lodge for lunch and started on our way to Copalinga near the town of Zamora. However, one great stop en-route brought us Lined Anthshrike, Stripe-chested Antwren and Chestnut-crowned Becard.
Of course, as we arrived at Copalinga Lodge in the late afternoon, and after being greeted by their excellent host, Katherine, my first question was "are they around?" She knew what I meant-her marquee birds, the Spangled Coquettes. Before we knew it a female whizzed into view foraging in the Portaweed, although she was outshone I am afraid to say when the "Star Spangled male" turned up and showed off his orange crest...
More from Ecuador soon, although I have to dash now...Tandayapa Bird Lodge is calling!