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Peru – ‘Surf & Turf’ tour news

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover (John Oates)

Diademed Sandpiper-plover (John Oates)

Late November saw our inaugural ‘Surf & Turf’ group heading out to Peru on BA’s new direct service from Gatwick to Lima. Led by Jose Antonio Padilla, the group recorded 11 Peruvian endemics amongst a trip list of around 190 species, with highlights including Humboldt Penguin, the fabled DSP (Diademed Sandpiper-plover), Puna Snipe, both Grey-breasted and Rufous-bellied Seedsnipes, Junin, Canyon and Streak-throated Canasteros, 6 Andean Condors, Torrent Duck, White-bellied Cinclodes, Black-necked Woodpecker, Rusty-bellied Brush Finch, Rufous-capped Tit-spinetail, Black Metaltail and Stripe-headed Antpitta. There was also some good mammalian interest too, with great views of the rare and poorly known Marine Otter, thousands of Southern Sea Lions, Bottlenose Dolphins, Northern Andean Vizcacha and Vicuña.
 
Peru has become better known for its wonderful gastronomy in recent years and the group enjoyed the famous ceviche (marinated fish) and jalea (fried seafood platter) amongst other tasty Peruvian dishes.
 
View photos from the tour
Participant John Oates was kind enough to share his excellent gallery of photos with us – click here to see them.
  
Find out more
Our next 10-day ‘Peru – Surf & Turf’ birdwatching holiday departs Wednesday 29th November. For further information please call Andy on 01962 733051 or email andy@naturetrek.co.uk