White-Masked Antbird is on of the mythical Peruvian endemic Birds, for years was so complicated to access to Tierras Blancas – Rio Morona, actually, there is another option and place with easier access this place is San Lorenzo – Datem, located in Loreto, to get this place we need an small plane flight from Yurimaguas or take a boat ride on the Marañon River.
Miguel Lezama and Vidal Quispe our staff visited the area, several years ago, we found good accommodations and we don’t need camping, using a local transport they got a good forest and they saw the enigmatic White-Masked Antbird, However the patch of forest around the village is going out quickly, development brings logging and in the area this is the main problem, hopefully we saw a couple of different territories.
Loggers are increasing, even in the area that we saw the this species previously and chance to see the White-Masked Antbird is getting lower, hopefully we know several territories.
if we are lucky we can get a good view quickly but there is not any guarantee about it, birding is unpredictable so we consider spend a couple days in the area.
Day 1: TARAPOTO To SAN LORENZO.
We are going to take a flight from Lima to Tarapoto, if you are already in this town we’ll start driving to Yurimaguas; there, we’ll take an aircraft to get San Lorenzo, depending of the time, probably will have some time to do some birding on this day.
Night: San Lorenzo. L:D.
Day 2 y 3: SAN LORENZO – White-masked Antbird.
We have 2 full day birding to look the enigmatic White-masked Antbird, this Peruvian endemic species its part of professional ant-followers, our plan to find Ant-swarm, this can take some time depending how lucky we are, next to this species there are several birds like, Lunulated Antbird, White-cheeked Antbird, White-plumed Antbird, Scale-backed Antbird, white-chinned Woodcreeper and many more composition of this mixed flock have variations and some other nice bird like Black-necked Red-Cotinga, Black-banded Crake, Scarlet-crowned Barbet, Peruvian warbling-Antbird, Mouse-colored Anstshrike, Double-banded Pygmy Tyrant and many others can be found in the same area like Black Bushbird and Three-striped Flycatcher.
Night. San Lorenzo B:L:D.
Day 4 FINAL MORNING – BACK to TARAPOTO.Lowland birding it’s unpredictable, so just after our arriving we can find all our targets, especially if we are talking about Ant-followers or probably not, any way still we have a morning birding to find some of our targets, after a final morning birding we’ll drive back to the hotel, enough time to organize our back pack to take a flight back to Yurimaguas, where with ground transport we’ll go back to Tarapoto where its the end of this tour.