Some random bird photos from trips into the Wet Andes in Peru. Keep in mind this part of Peru is a desert, among the dryest deserts in the world.
WC first saw a Scrub Blackbird from his hotel window in Miraflores, a department of Greater Lima. It was making the most amazing noises, a whole repertoire of electronic-sounding songs.
Sure, this is a North American species, too, but it’s cool to see it in Peru, where it seems to specialize in stream courses.
The guide told us where to look for the Black-necked Woodpecker. Mrs. WC said, behind the two owls? Which the guide had not noticed. You see why WC depends on Mrs. WC to find him birds to photograph?
This is a species that is endemic to Peru, not found anywhere else in the world. Endemics are always a treat, even if they are miserable, uncooperative little buggers.
By contrast, the common Chiguanco Thrush is about as cooperative a subject as a bird photographer could want. It’s a cousin to the American Robin and seemed to show much the same behaviors.
This last bird is a bit of a prize, and we found it after a lot of looking at about 3,500 meters. The light was very harsh, but you take them as you find them.
WC appreciates that not all of his readers share the intensity of WC’s
interest obsession with birds. And, for that matter, bird photography. But for a while, WC is going to indulge himself mostly, but not exclusively, in bird posts.