Undiscovered eastern Colombia: birding secrets of the white sands of Inirida

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Misterious, warm, wild, at times seeming unwelcoming but ready to be discovered. As soon as the plane started descending to Puerto Inirida we noticed a green expansed of forest, sinuous rivers with oxbow lakes, sandy beaches and clearings for subsistence farming. It didn’t take much time to realize that such “green carpet” was much more diversed to what it seemed from the plane. There was a stunted vegetation forest-type (growing on sandy soil), a tall forest (varzea, floodable forest in white water rivers), a tributary with igapó (floodable forest in black water rivers), scrubby vegetation and patches of natural grasslands. Each habitat was eventually visited during this tour and we nailed several specialties of each one of these unique ecosystems.


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