This June brings the second Birding Rally Challenge to Peru. Peru is already well known to birders as a “must visit” destination – it has an almost unparalleled species diversity, on the richest continent for birds. In November 2012, Peru hosted the first Birding Rally Challenge, the only event of its kind in the world, for its non-stop modality, bringing together the most renowned birding teams from North America (e-birders and LSU), Great Britain (Forest Falcons), South Africa (Zululanders), Spain (Tramuntana) and Brazil (Ararajubas). The Rally is organised and run by the Inkaterra Association (ITA), Promperu and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR).
The second Rally kicked off on Sunday 9th June with the teams arriving in Lima to an opening ceremony and press conference. The competition officially began on Tuesday in Lambayeque, with the teams waking up at 4am.
This time, the Birding Rally Challenge covers Northern Peru, crossing the below landmarks:
Timetable of events
Opening ceremony and press conference
Day 1: 11th June – Lambayeque
Day 2: 12th June – Lambayeque to Cajamarca
Day 3: 13th June – Cajamarca
Day 4: 14th June – Cajamarca to Leymebamba
Day 5: 15th June – Leymebamba to Amazonas
Day 6: 16th June – Amazonas
Day 7: 17th June – San Martin
Day 8: 18th June – Tarapoto
Cocktails and closing ceremony
After three days, each team has already obtained incredible results. The highlight for many came on day 3 when Dan Lane of the e-birders spotted the Grey-Bellied comet in the Cañón Sangal region. Other top sightings include a Buff Bridled Inca Finch on the road to San Marcos, spotted by the UK’s Forest Falcons, a White Capped-Dipper near Chonta River, spotted by the Zululanders and the Tramuntana team saw the Great Horned Owl near Lake Sulluscocha. The current total numbers of different bird species spotted is at 315!