Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (20th August, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This lake is also easily accessed from Bogota. It is near the town of Ubate and takes about an hour and a half to drive there. On the road from Bogota to Boyaca, look out for a sign on the right reading 'Laguna de Fuquene. After this turn right at another sign reading 'Chalet Refugio - El Refugio'. The sign has a yellow boat next to it. A short distance along is a blue shop on the left accross from a small port with some boats moared. There are reeds on either side of the port where I hear Apolinars Wren. They are very responsive to play-back but very difficult to see. I finally managed to see on on reeds on the left, facing the lake. Further along on the right is a nice hotel (where you could stay). You can walk down to the water's edge here and Apolinar's Wren is also present in the reeds here. I heard Bogota Rail here, but seeing it is a different matter. The hotel rents paddle boats out by the hour (s5000) but they don't steer very well. I saw 22 species including 1 lifer.

Species seen 

  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops
  • American Coot Fulica americana
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana
  • Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera
  • Brown-bellied Swallow Notiochelidon murina
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Heard only
  • Apolinar's Wren Cistothorus apolinari Endemic Endangered
  • Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Yellow-hooded Blackbird Chrysomus icterocephalus
  • Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse