Septimo Paraiso Lodge Feeding Platform, Ecuador

At the end of December 2019, I travelled out to the cloud forest in Ecuador. I was working with Ana Lucia, the owner of a stunning lodge, and I spent an incredible week at Septimo Paraiso. Set in a stunning location in the cloud forest, close to Mindo, it is a wildlife watcher's paradise. You can read more about my visit  on my blog. Ecuador is such an incredible location for wildlife... I will be returning as soon as I can!

Whilst there, I set up a Birdsy camera on a feeding platform that I built with the staff. We created it low to start with, then mounted it high off of the ground to see what arboreal creatures we could attract, as well as the hummingbirds visiting the feeders. I'm delighted to be able to share this camera with you, as it really is something quite special! 

This is filmed and live streamed with a Birdsy Cam. Find out more on my Birdsy webpage or using the links below:

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What to watch for.....

It is exciting to see lots of bird species now starting to visit this platform. It is a steep learning curve for me as I am unfamiliar with the birds seen in Ecuador. I have been using the excellent Merlin app to help me ID these birds and the shots below are lifted from this app. Please let me know if you see anything else visiting that I have not highlighted below.

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Want a print out of the birds visiting the platform , for easy ID?


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Bird Species

Golden-naped Tanager

Silver-throated Tanager


Flame-rumped Tanager


Flame-rumped Tanager


Blue-gray Tanager

Orange-bellied Euphonia


Orange-bellied Euphonia


Yellow -throated  Chlorospingus

Rufous Motmot

Chestnut-capped Brushfinch

White-tipped dove

Black-winged Saltator

Buff-throated Saltator

Blue-necked Tanager

Palm Tanager

Thick-billed Euphonia


Thick-billed Euphonia


Summer Tanager

Swainson's Thrush

Red-headed Barbet


Red-headed barbet



Ecuadorian Thrush

Black-capped Tanager

Metallic green Tanager

Hummingbird Species

White-whiskered hermit

Booted racket-tail


Booted racket-tail


Brown Inca

Green-crowned brilliant

Rufus-tailed hummingbird

Andean emerald

Fawn-breasted Brilliant

Empress Brilliant

Violet-tailed Sylph

Purple-bibbed White-tip

Crowned woodnymph

White-necked Jacobin

Brown Violetear

Collared Inca

Velvet purple Cornonet

Mammal Species


This amazing mammal is a bit like a big pine marten. Not many people have heard of one, let alone seen one, but they often visit this platform to eat the bananas.

Red-tailed Squirrel

This squirrel loves bananas so can be seen most days, stealing all but the one in the cage!


A nocturnal visitor, this opossum visits to eat the bananas. Look out for their weird tail; half bald and very long!


A nocturnal visitor, this Olingo visits to eat the bananas. Look out for their ears, constantly twitching to pick up even the faintest of sounds

Mouse Opossum

A nocturnal visitor, this small mouse opossum visits to eat the bananas. We are not sure what species this is yet.

See what's been happening

Spot anything unusual or a species I haven't listed?  Please let me know!

If you can take a screenshot, that can help me ID new species.