Birding’s biggest day was here. Global Big Day has taken place across the globe with Colombia ranking highest in number of reported species (1,486). All of the Llanos departments joined the challenge.
On 13 May sightings poured into the online platform 'eBird' from more than 150 countries. Over 6,500 species of birds were reported worldwide, 1,486 of which from Colombia, in one single day.
All of the Llanos departments participated
The Llanos department of Casanare contributed with 337 different species, Meta reported 278, Vichada 214 and the northern most Llanos department Arauca registered 201 species with only 5 checklists (wow!). Aventur Eco Tours contributed with 80 species from the Yopal area.
Former Colombian no-go areas - of which the Llanos had plenty - have preserved their natural habitats and now, as they open, stun with their huge biodiversity.
Certainly the Arauca birding list convinces us to visit the neighboring department soon with binoculars and a camera! (We'll keep you posted on field trips to the area if you subscribe here)
Meanwhile about 2 hours south of Arauca, Aventur Eco Tours contributed around 80 species to the equally impressive Casanare birding list, with 337 species the longest list of the four Llanos departments. We were sighting birds in the Andean foothills as well as in the prairies, palm forests and gallery forests of Finca La Independencia (24 km from Yopal). We didn't manage to snap of all of them and some birds we only saw flying past - however, every bird counted!
Here are some of our photos (click to enlarge and to see birds' descriptions). Enjoy and feel free to comment below this post or email us your questions.