Monday, October 01, 2007

Royal Sunangel


For those not yet convinced by the Power of Digiscoping, here is a (clickable) shot of a very rare and very localised hummer on what is often (probably erroneously) called the Abra Patricia, Peru (20.9.07).

2 comments:

Fraser Simpson said...

Great shot of this endemic Mike! Some are lucky just to see this bird! What other sites did you visit in the Alto Mayo?

BW said...

Thanks for the compliment. We found this bird initially on a lunchstop and roughly worked out its feeding route, but it was far to flitty for photography. When we retuned a few days later it was in exactly the same place and had a nice leisurely perch on a twig allowing some photography.
I started birding in Tarapoto (at the Puerto Palmeras lodge), then had a brief stay at Lago Lindo, with Dr Carlos Gonzalez (owner of PP and LL and a few other Puerto lodges) and a couple of his friends, then back to Tarapoto where I joined a Naturetrek tour of northern Peru (thanks to Dr Gonzalez, Prom Peru and Ultimate Voyages).
I need to research our route a bit more throughly, but we birded around the Huallaga for a while then through Moyobamba then turning to follow the Utucabamba to Leimebamba and briefly the Abra Barro Negro, then back through Chachapoyas (and Kuelap) and then via the sarcophagi of Karajia to Jaen, and Pomacochas (of Marvellous Spatuletail fame), over the Andes through Marañón endemics to the west and Tucumbe's pyramids, finishing at Chaparri.
To answer your question, though, we stopped at very many places, but rarely really left the road and I'm not sure of the name of the localities...
Some answer...