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Colombia has more species of birds than any other country, and has a continually growing ecotourism infrastructure. As a result Colombia has many excellent bird guides. Unfortunately the top guides are generally very busy, so that's where I come in :) I've been photographing birds in Colombia over six years, and now have a home near the La Romera reserve near Medellin, and a Colombian wife. In addition to maintaining BirdPhotos.com, I also maintain BirdPhotos.org and BirdsOfColombia.org. One day I'd like to have a great photo of every species in Colombia, but that probably is unattainable. Currently I am adding sound files to BirdsOfColombia.org; some of the most experienced guides have an uncanny ability to identify birds from the slightest sounds.
In the mean time, I am happy to help people visit sites around Medellin, or possibly longer trips focused on photography to other locations in Colombia. I am also happy to just help you plan your trip; I know most of the locations and guides in Colombia. Or if you want to do everything on your own, you can get 'Birdwatching in Colombia' by Jurgen Beckers and Pablo Flores (ISBN: 9090277854).
Some places I've visited one or more times are
- Colombian Amazon (Mitu, Leticia, Inirida)
- Colombian Llanos (Casanare, Meta, Villavicencio)
- Colombian Pacific (Bahia Solano)
- Putumayo (Mocoa)
- Many many sites at all altitudes of all three Andean ranges
- Guajira Peninsula and Santa Marta Sierra Nevada
- Panama Darien and Cerro Pirre
I know from experience paying a guide who is more interested in his photos than helping you with yours is annoying. Also annoying is a guide who doesn't understand the types of locations and other requirements that might be good for photography. I hope to avoid any problems like that with good communication. But note I wouldn't do these tours, especially the multi-day tours, if it didn't give me a chance to go out in the field and take photos. It is also important to discuss in great detail the objectives of the participants, as well as any physical or dietary requirements.
For more information contact me at tom@BirdPhotos.com or 011-954-294-8763.