I'm Carole Turek, a 70-year old photographer, and my quest is to photograph every hummingbird species on the planet! So far I have photographed 150 of 350+ species. In February 2020 I climbed 18 miles up a mountain in northern Colombia to photogra...
My name is Carole Turek and I have been consistently feeding hummingbirds for 25 years. My home in Studio City, California now attracts hundreds of them daily. There are so many hummingbirds here now that I decided to share them with the world on a live cam.
I began photographing my birds and my passion for photography grew to where I had to find more species of hummingbirds to photograph. I started with trips to Arizona, but to find more and more beautiful hummingbirds to photograph, I had to start traveling to Central and South America.
My last trip before all travel came to a halt was to northern Colombia to photograph the Blue-bearded Helmetcrest, one of the rarest hummingbirds in the world. To reach this critically-endangered hummingbird one must seek permission from the indigenous tribes and then trek up to an elevation of 10,000 feet to arrive at the last remaining territory of this hummingbird. The bird is so rare that it was thought to be extinct until five years ago.
Less than one hundred people alive have seen it (there actually is an "I've Seen the Blue-bearded Helmetcrest Club") and only a handful of people have actually photographed one. We have created three episodes to show the world our journey to the páramo at the Lagos de Sevilla in the Santa Marta Mountains of northern Colombia, where the Blue-bearded Helmetcrest can be found. You can watch these episodes here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
All of my past and future photography trips are being documented on my YouTube channel, Hummingbird Spot. So far I have photographed 150 of the 350+ hummingbird species that are scattered over Central and South America. We will be traveling from the Amazon rainforest to the peaks of the Andes Mountains! Come with me!