NEW WORLD RECORD : 425 SPECIES IN JUST 24-HOURS
ECUADOR BIG DAY TEAM (left to right): Rudy Gelis, Mitch Lysinger, Tuomas Seimola & Dušan Brinkhuizen. Photo taken at Ecuasal, Salinas, just a few minutes after breaking the world record.
Our team recorded a total of 425 ABA countable bird species within 24-hours on 8 Oct 2015 in Ecuador (the previous world record was made in Peru by LSU team Dan Lane, Mike Harvey, Fernando Angulo & Glenn Seeholzer, that managed to record 354 species in a single day).
We birded from Amazon rainforest to coastal saltpans and reached our highest elevation in the mighty Andes at 4000m. This all in a single calendar day! To give you an impression we had 12 species of owls, 28 species of hummingbirds, 24 species of antbirds, 25 species of ovenbirds, 55 species of tyrant flycatchers, 12 species of wren, 44 species of tanagers, 23 species of shorebirds and many, many more. All this in just 24-hours !!!