Venezuela–Day 1-2

Feb 11, 2011 | Travel

We left Minneapolis just as a decent snow was setting up to mess with airports around the country.

MPLS AirportDe-icing the planes

The lounge in Houston made the 6 hour layover a bit more tolerable but still sleep eluded me.  We finally left the States at midnight, arriving in Caracas at about 6:30 am local time. (Their time zone is a whole ‘nother story.)  My dad, sister and Tina were smart and took the van to a beautiful hotel with a view of the Caribbean Sea for a hot shower, some sleep and some food.

View from Hotel roomPool at Hotel Caribe

Mom and I hired David A for an extra day of birding in a place called Colonia Tovar. With little sleep and a shot of espresso, we drove up to 6,000 feet making for a somewhat difficult morning.  Our first birds were once again proving this was going to be a difficult photography experience.

Cloud Forest at Colonia TovarSlaty-crowned AntpittaBlack-throated Spinetail??? still working on this one

Lots of new birds including two Antpittas made for a wonderful day, in spite of my photography skills.  After a stop in the German town of Colonia Tovar, we visited the surrounding cloud forests of Pico Codazzi Natural Monument.


Near the end of the day, a Black-crested Warbler came out for long beautiful views and even sat (relatively) still for his photo.  A truly magical day….

Black-crested WarblerBlack-crested Warbler

Saying good bye to the area, we joined the rest of our party in Caracas.

Leaving Colonia TovarFast drive back to Caracas

22 Species for the day.  (11 life birds)

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