TN77 James Currie on filming the ‘Bogota Sunangel’

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A conversation with James Currie, owner and host of the Nikon-sponsored Birding Adventures TV, who last week had the fantastic opportunity to film a newly-discovered hummingbird in north-eastern Colombia at the remarkable Chavarro family’s Rogitama Private Nature Reserve. Is it the long-lost Bogota Sunangel, a species known only from a single specimen sold in Bogota in 1909 and never seen alive, a new species of Sylph, or perhaps a hybrid with the widespread Long-tailed Sylph and another species? DNA has just been taken by Colombian researchers, and the results may be announced early next year. In the meantime the habitat the bird favours is being protected by a family with a passion for conservation and Colombian wildlife…

 

The following images of the ‘Rogitama Sunangel’ are copyright James Currie and are used with his permission:

 


 

mystery hummingbird, rogitama private nature reserve, colombia, copyright james currie

mystery hummingbird, rogitama private nature reserve, colombia, copyright james currie

mystery hummingbird, rogitama private nature reserve, colombia, copyright james currie

mystery hummingbird, rogitama private nature reserve, colombia, copyright james currie

mystery hummingbird, rogitama private nature reserve, colombia, copyright james currie

mystery hummingbird, rogitama private nature reserve, colombia, copyright james currie

 


 



Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV features birding hotspots around the globe. It can be viewed Mondays at 10:00 am EST and Tuesdays at 2:30 pm EST on Versus/NBC Sports, Inc. from January through June. Stay updated with James’ birding travels on Facebook or subscribe to the BATV YouTube channel.

 

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About the author

Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I birded the world for twenty years before quitting my airline job and am now freelance. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores

2 Comments

  1. John Hague says:

    Excellent podcast Charlie… finding a first for Britain must be one thing. Finding a potential species new to science is just a distant dream!

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  2. Charlie Moores says:

    Thanks John. And filming it too! And even better the remarkable Roberto Chavarro and his family have restored and are protecting the habitat this bird is found in…it’s an amazing story

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