A Post from the Field


As WC warned, he has been away from the Intertubes. Specifically, along the Rio Madre de Dios in the Peruvian Amazon basin, where they don’t have electricity, let alone the internet. But, at least for a while, WC is back in civilization.

Here are some sample bird photos, of one of the extraordinary birds of South America: the Andean Cock of the Rock.

The males gather in noisy, very active leks before dawn during mating season.

Andean Cock of the Rock

Andean Cock of the Rock

They defend their space, and watch for females to impress.

Is that a female down there?

Is that a female down there?

When they see a female, they erupt in a cacophony of squawking, and flap their wings to get her attention.

Look at me! I'm handsome strong, and brightly colored!

Look at me! I’m handsome strong, and brightly colored!

Once in a while, you see a pair fly off together, but most mornings, by 7:30 AM or so, it’s apparent most of the males are going to go home alone. And they do.

Think of it as an early morning singles bar for a very odd-looking bird.

But right now WC needs to hang out his clothes to dry.

 

 

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