Random Shots: West Andes Birds


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.

Scrub Blackbird, Lomas de Lachya National Preserve, Peru

Scrub Blackbird, Lomas de Lachya National Preserve, Peru

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.

Black Phoebe, Sanata Eulalia River, Peru

Black Phoebe, Sanata Eulalia River, Peru

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.

Peruvian Screech Owl, Rio SantaEulalia Valley

Peruvian Screech Owl, Rio Santa Eulalia Valley

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?

Female Collared Warbling-Finch

Female Collared Warbling-Finch

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.

Chiguanco Thrush, Upper Rio Santa Eulalia Valley

Chiguanco Thrush, Upper Rio Santa Eulalia Valley

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.

Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, Upper Rio Santa Eulalia Valley

Rufous-backed Inca-Finch, Upper Rio Santa Eulalia Valley

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.

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