Sunday, March 08, 2009

Colombia Day 4, Manizales and beyond Part 1

Our first full day out of Manizales saw us deflected from our Rio Blanco destination by a mudlside. So we spent the morning at altitude, the Paramo of the Los Nevados National Park. This was perhaps my favourite part of the whole trip and I would have loved to have spent more time there. Part of the reason was the presence of the fantastic Bearded Helmetcrest, one of the world's truly great hummingbirds...

Golden-olive Woodpecker

Blue-and-white Swallow

Southern Lapwing

Many-striped Canastero

Paramo vegetation, Los Nevados

Steve Bird celebrates. Why? Here's why...

Bearded Helmetcrest: what a hummer!

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