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Otte Ottema

Hello, dear bird watchers of the world!



Ever thought of coming to Suriname? It's one of the last countries on earth, which is almost completely covered with pristine rainforest. We are Ashraf Tilburg and Otte Ottema, and we know where the birds are which you want to see.

We have a lot to offer. Just to mention a few Surinamese specialties, which have a very high chance to be spotted on every standard 15-day trip: Blood-colored Woodpecker, Arrow-head Piculet, Rufous Crab-Hawk, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Capuchinbird, Pale-bellied Mourner, Scarlet Ibis, Blue-backed Tanager, Least Bittern, Ash-throated Crake, Black-banded Owl, Green Ibis, Great Potoo, Point-tailed Palm Creeper, Cayenne Jay, Blue-backed Manakin, all 6 species of Jacamars, Black and Crimson-hooded Manakin, Saffron-crested Tyrant Manakin, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Red-fan Parrot and Guianan Toucanet. The rare and range-restricted White-throated Pewee, which has not been seen for 10 years, has been found again, not anymore on the plateau of Brownsberg, but on the mountain road towards it. You will also have a good chance to see Crimson Fruitcrow, Zig-zag Heron, Green-throated Mango, Finsch's Euphonia, Boat-billed Tody Tyrant and White-fronted manakin. With a bit of luck, you may see the magnificent Red-and-black Grosbeak on the Brownsberg, or the skulking Band-tailed Antshrike near the Fredberg, the Chapman Swift, Crimson Topaz, Guianan Red-Cotinga and Rose-breasted Chat. During all the tours we will visit a ‘Dwarf-Forest-on-White Sand’, also called ‘Low Savannah Forest’. New discoveries have shown that 3 species of birds, which were thought to be rare, are common in this rare habitat. These are Bronzy Jacamar, Saffron-crested Tyrant-manakin and Black Manakin. You will have a very good chance to see all three.
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Recently Fred Pansa discovered a new lek of the Cock-of-the-Rock, near his camp, which is very easy to reach. The Cock-of-the-Rock has been spotted here on every standard tour during breeding season, from December to April. Outside breeding season there is still a good chance to see this bird. For more details about Suriname and its avifauna, please visit the Resources page where you will find information about books and other websites.

If you are interested, contact me at otte_address. We offer all-in bird watching trips for between 1 and 4 persons as well as day trips around Paramaribo, to the savannah and to the Warapa creek. I recommend not to come with more than 4 people. Then the price is affordable and the quality of birdwatching still high. Of course, if you want to come with more than 4 persons, this is possible. We also can make special arrangements for you. Information about all-in bird watching trips can be found here (standard 15-days trip to Cola Creek, Savannah, Brownsberg, Fredberg, Warapa creek and Paramaribo, recommended), or here (one day trips).

The other itineraries you will find on this website are not available, but this does not mean that we cannot visit those places. If you want to visit a place, which is not included in the standard 15 days tour, I can make a special arrangement for you. In general those places are more expensive, because we will have to fly to come there.
[photos ©] left : Bronzy Jacamar by Foek Chin Joe ; right : Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock by Sylvain Cordier.
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