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September 18, 2018

Shore Birds Paracas First Afternoon

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Paracas Shore Birds

This was the first afternoon along the beach at Paracas. Luckily the tide was fairly low, so there were quite a few shorebirds picking away.

Belcher's Gull
Belcher’s Gull (Larus belcheri)

Belcher’s Gull is a bigger gull. This is an adult with the white head.

Gray-hooded Gull
Gray-hooded Gull (Croicocephalus cirrocephalus)

Gray-hooded Gull has a grey head with red bill, grey wings, black tail, white eyes with red ring around them.
aka Gray-headed Gull. Breeds in South America and south of Sahara in Africa.

kelp Gull
kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)

Kelp Gull has just the red spot on the lower bill and red around the eyes.

Gray Gull
Gray Gull (Larus modestus)

The Gray Gull is an all grey gull with a black bill.

Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) Chorlito Gris

This is the winter plumage of the Black-bellied Plover. It is possible that it might be an American Golden-plover but I do not think so. More white on belly.

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Peruvian Pelican
Peruvian Pelican

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

The Lesser Yellowlegs has yellow legs, derr, long straight bill.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

Sanderling
Sanderling

Paracas bird list

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Gray Gull (Larus modestus)
kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Gray-hooded Gull (Croicocephalus cirrocephalus)
Belcher’s Gull (Larus belcheri)
Neotropic Cormorant
Snowy Egret
Ruddy Turnstone
Turkey Vulture
Whimbrel
Peruvian Pelican
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
American Oystercatcher
Sanderling

Islas Ballestas Birding 2018

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Islas Ballestas Boat Ride

53 Soles for a boat ride to the Islas Ballestas from Paracas. I thought that was a pretty good deal. It is less than $20 and is one of the best wildlife experiences in the world. I got picked up by my taxi and 7.45am and let off at the wharf where I waited with the other hundreds of tourists. Most of the tourists were locals but there were a few scattered gringos but not many. We finally got going and ripped through the water with our twin 250 horsepower outbaords.

Humboldt Penguin
Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti)

Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American penguin that breeds in coastal Chile and Peru. Its nearest relatives are the African penguin, …
The Humboldt penguin is a South American penguin that breeds in coastal Chile and Peru. Its nearest relatives are the African penguin, the Magellanic penguin and the Galápagos penguin. The penguin is named after the cold water current it swims in, which is itself named after Alexander von Humboldt, an explorer. Wikipedia.

Inca Tern
Inca Tern

Sea Lion - Lobo Marino
Sea Lion – Lobo Marino

Peruvian Booby
Peruvian Booby

100,000 Birds
100,000 Birds

The island was full of birds. Used to be mined for guano.

Islas Ballestas Bird list

Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti)
Peruvian Booby
Peruvian Pelican
Inca Tern
Turkey Vulture
Neotropic Cormorant

Sea Lion – Lobo Marino

Paracas Kite Surfing

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Kite Surfing at Paracas

I was searching for birds this afternoon and came across this crew kite surfing. The wind was blowing really hard so it was great for kite surfing. I took a few shots of the sport.

Carving a backhand.
Carving a backhand.

As you can tell I have no idea of the technical terms for what they are doing. doh!

Instructor getting some speed up.
Instructor getting some speed up.

Getting off
Getting off

Aiming high
Aiming high

Paracas Birding Afternoon 2

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South of Paracas

I hired a bike this afternoon and went south from the main beach at Paracas. This is where all the rich people live. All along the beach. I was searching for some flamencos but when I did find them they were miles away on the beach in a restricted area and I could not get near them.

White-cheeked Pintail
White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis) Pato Alablanco

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

Whimbrel
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) Playero Semipalmado

NOt sure
Sanderling

Sanderling mid molt, based on overall shape, bill, white spur, white eyebrow . Thanks Manoli for the id.

Paracas bird list

White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis) Pato Alablanco
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) done
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) Playero Semipalmado
Neotropic Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron

September 15, 2018

Peru Sierra Tourist Photos

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Huanuco to Huanacavelica

From Tingo Maria I wound my way up the mountains to nearly 2000 meters at Huanuco. I only stayed there one night. Then I went to Carrhuamayo where I stayed for three nights.

tunnel
tunnel

This is a tunnel on the way to Huanuco.

Main Plaza Huanuco
Main Plaza Huanuco

From Carrhuanmayo I caught a collectivo taxi to Huancayo where I stayed with a family at a very nice hostel. It is a pretty large city, so I was not inclined to stay for very long.

Huancayo rooftops
Huancayo rooftops

Loading the bus
Loading the bus

This is the bus to Huancavelica. The locals were loading pineapples, huge pumpkins, big stacks of grass and a whole bunch of logs. I was very much amused.

Precarious road
Precarious road

The road from Huancayo went through some very high mountains the road was perched scarily about a thousand meters above the vally below. It was so scary, there were no guard rails and if we went over the edge it would have been curtains.

Dry country
Dry country

It is so dry up here in the altiplano. Everything is brown. Today I made it to Huancavelica, which is at an altitude of around 3000 meters. In the afternoon I walked along the river, had a burger and fruit salad, then hung about at the main square.

Waterfall into the river
Waterfall into the river

The river is so polluted. All the crap from the town just flows straight in. And there is lots of plastic in the river as well. It is not good.

River and hills
River and hills

The river going through town and the surrounding hills.

Main Square
Main Square

This is the main square at Huancavelica. It has a big church and a lot of old buildings surrounding it.

statue
statue

They have these very strange statues in most of the towns in this area. I have no idea what they are about.

Peru South Sierras

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Huancavelica Birding.

I got into Huancavelica this afternoon and had a bit of a rest before walking along the river bank that runs through the town. Huancavelica is at 3000 meters approximately of altitude. The area is dry altiplano and the Andean Gulls mainly hang about the streams and creeks here.

Andean Gull
Andean Gull (Chroicocephalus serranus) immature

The Andean Gull lives above 3000 meters in the high Sierras of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It is unusual for a gull in that it breeds inland in mountain areas. It may be variously found around rivers, freshwater lakes, saline marshes, and pastureland. (wiki).

Andean Gull
Andean Gull (Chroicocephalus serranus) adult.

The adult Andean Gull has a very pronounced black head.

Puna Ibis
Puna Ibis (Plegadis ridgwayi)

I had seen the Puna Ibis before at Lake Titica at the actual town of Puna, close to the border of Bolivia.

Huancavelica Bird List

Andean Gull (Chroicocephalus serranus)
Puna Ibis (Plegadis ridgwayi)

September 8, 2018

Moyobamba to Tocache

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Tourist Photos in Peru

At Moyobamba in the north of Peru. It is on the other side of the Andes mountains. I went for a walk to the river and took some photos of the birds.

ferry crossing the river
ferry crossing the river

This ferry was crossing the river a bit further down from the port where all the tourist boats have their wharves.

Carrying tuktuks across the river as well as foot passengers
Carrying tuktuks across the river as well as foot passengers

Tuktuk off the ferry
Tuktuk off the ferry

The men were pushing the tuktuk up the hill. Mostly they would get bogged and they would have to get everyone to push them. One of them threw a chain off the sprocket so they had to flip it and put the chain back on.

Rio Shilpayo near Tarapoto
Rio Shilpayo near Tarapoto

This river was close to town and there was some nice bush surrounding it.

Road construction
Road construction

I stopped at construction work between Tarapoto and Tocache. They were pulling down the hill onto the road with a bulldozer and then bulldozing it down the other side of the road.

Stopped at the top of a hill.
Stopped at the top of a hill.

Before we went up the mountain we stopped for a few hours to have lunch and watch Peru play Holland in soccer. Holland won 2-1.

Road closed
Road closed

Via Cerrado. Road closed between 1pm and 6pm for construction building bridges and waterways.

Birds of Tingo Maria

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Tingo Maria Birding

My hostel in Tingo Maria is just by the airport. Not much of an airport. It is over-run with grass. This morning I got up early and trudged through the streets heading out to the hills. I had a pretty good morning considering I was not expecting much.

Hoatzin
Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

I was hoping to these prehistoric creatures at Tarapoto. But I was lucky to come upon a tree full of them today.
“The hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), also known as the reptile bird, skunk bird, stinkbird, or Canje pheasant, is a species of tropical bird found in swamps, riparian forests, and mangroves of the Amazon and the Orinoco basins in South America. It is notable for having chicks that have claws on two of their wing digits.” (wiki).

Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)
Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)

Or Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons)? I am pretty sure I am seeing green.

Speckled Chachalaca
Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata)

Another Chachalaca. Local variety.

Magpie Tanager
Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus )

I thought this was a jay or a magpie when I first saw this beauty.

Black-bellied Tanager
Black-bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster)

Is this a Black-bellied Tanager or a Silver-beaked Tanager. Some sonsider them conspecific. Too hard for me to tell the difference but the range is right for the Black-bellied Tanager.

Blue-black Grassquit
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina)

yellow-rumped cacique
yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela)

Another decent photo. Just trying to get some decent shots of these ones.

Smooth-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)

This is a strange one because it has the lump on the bills but it has grooves but they are going the wrong way.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Did not expect to see a Striated Heron around here. Colour me surprised.

Birds of Tingo Maria

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)
Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus )
Black-bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster) or Silver-beaked Tanager ?
Dusky-green Oropendola (Psarocolius atrovirens)
Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata)
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela)
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina)
Scarlet Tanager ?
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Black-billed Thrush
blue-and-white swallow (Notiochelidon cyanoleuca)

September 5, 2018

Rio Shilcayo Walk Peru

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Tarapoto Birding

I got up at 7am this morning and jumped on a tuktuk to the Area de Proteccion Ambiente Microcuenca Shilcayo. There is a road along the Rio Shilcayo. Lots of jungle and stuff like that.
I went up the road about a kilometer and came back down again. Then I met a nice lady from the Centro Hampichicuy Ecolodge and she invited me to come in and walk around to photograph some of the birds on her property.

Silver-beaked tanager
Silver-beaked tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)

I thought this might be a Black-bellied Tanager (Ramphocelus melanogaster) or Huallaga Tanager.

 Yellow-rumped Cacique
Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela) cacique lomiamarillo

I had seen the Yellow-rumped Tanager at Moyobamba but this is a much better photo. Finally.

Canary-winged Parakeet
Canary-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris versicolurus)

Worst photo ever but it is a record shot. #recordshot.

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

I have not had a good look at the Turkey Vulture’s head before but they are pretty complicated and very ugly.

pale-legged hornero
pale-legged hornero (Furnarius leucopus)

Very cute bird. Kawaiii , desu ney?

black-billed thrush
black-billed thrush (Turdus ignobilis)

unknown
Yellow bird unknown

At first glance it looks like a Saffron Finch but the bill looks something like a tanager but it cannot be a Summer Tanager so what is it?

saddle-backed tamarin
saddle-backed tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis)

I am not sure if this is a monkey or a squirrel. I think primate but I have no idea. Pichico is the spanish name. And it is a monkey.

Tarapoto Bird List

Canary-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris versicolurus)
Silver-beaked tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)
yellow
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela) cacique lomiamarillo
pale-legged hornero (Furnarius leucopus)
black-billed thrush (Turdus ignobilis)
Palm Tanager
Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata)
Ruddy Ground-dove
Saffron Finch
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)
eared dove (Zenaida auriculata)
Blue-gray Tanager
Great Kiskadee
Tropical Kingbird

saddle-backed tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis)

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