We made a four day trip over the Sierra Esaclera (the last ridge of the Andes) to the edge of the Amazon Basin to collect Heliconius numata samples for breeding experiments. This road to Yurimaguas used to be a rough track but is now being surfaced with tarmac. As a result the road is only open during the hours of darkness which means there has been more armed robberies lately. I wasn’t keen to take my Leica bins and DLSR so I didn’t actually identify that many birds. Best were Amazonian Pygmy Owl, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Cuvier’s Toucan, White-winged Shrike-Tanager, Amazon Kingfisher, Spix’s Guan, King Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Red-throated Caracara, Yellow-headed Caracara, Blue-cheeked Jacamar, Undulated Tinamou, Spot-winged Antbird, White-headed Marsh Tyrant and Ferruginous Pygmy Owl. A quick look a the dock on the Rio Hulllaga at Yurimaguas (where boats leave for Iquitos) produced Black Skimmer, Hoatzin, Spotted Sandpiper, Rufescent Tiger-Heron.