Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 28, 2018

Peruvian Andes Birds

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Pedro Ruiz Gallo – Peru

I arrived in Peru yesterday and made a trek further into the mountains today. Pedro Ruiz Gallo is a small village half way to Moyobamba from Jaen. This afternoon i caught a mototaxi (tuktuk) to the bridge out of town and walked the road to Shipabamba for a couple of kilometers.

dull coloured seedeater
dull coloured seedeater (Sporophila obscura)

I got eaten alive by sand flies because I was wearing shorts. I totally did not expect them up in the mountains. The first thought I had about the id of this seedeater was that it was a Dull-coloured Seedeater. I do not know it is out of range or not. I am waiting for the wifi to function at my hotel.
Maybe this is a Dull-colored Seedeater. Not sure.

Marañon Thrush
Marañon Thrush (Turdus maranonicus)

At the two kilometer mark I turned back and by the time I was at the main road it was starting to get dark.
This bird looks good for a Maranon Thrush but it could be a Swainson’s Thrush as well. I am not real sure, doh!

Buff-bellied Tanager
Buff-bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata)

When I got back into town I went into a restaurant and saw that they had trout so I munched down on some Trucha Frita that cost me a whole three dollars. It was the best trout I ever had. Hmm but the Brown Trout in New Zealand was pretty good.
Once again, I got one wrong. I thought it was an Orange-headed Tanager. Thanks Max for setting me straight.

roadside hawk
roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris)

I think this is a juvenile because the belly stripes are not rufous but are gray.

Pedro Ruiz Gallo bird list

Dull-colored Seedeater (Tiaris obscura)
Marañon Thrush (Turdus maranonicus)
Buff-bellied Tanager (Thlypopsis inornata)
roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris)
Blue-gray Tanager
Tropical Kingbird

October 7, 2010

Birds of Islas Ballestas, Peru

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Islas Ballestas Birds

Inca Tern
Zarcillo (Larosterna inca) – Inca Tern.

Inca Tern
Inca Tern

Peruvian Pelican
Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)

Guanay Cormorant
Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvillii)

Red-legged Cormorant
Chuita – Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi)

Humboldt Penguin
Humboldt Penguin

sea-lion cub.
Sea-lion cub

September 25, 2018

Birds of Arica

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Arica Birding

This morning I went to the Isla del Alacran to take some photos of the surfing. Most of the photos I took were birds, which was good because I got a new bird and a decent photo of a Blackish Oystercatcher.

Red-legged Cormorant
Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi)

The yellow bill on this Red-legged Cormorant had me confused for a while. Thanks to the crew on the Facebook bird id group for sorting me out.

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

The black and red spots on this Belcher’s Gull are quite distinctive.

Blackish Oystercatcher
Blackish Oystercatcher (Haematopus ater)

I got a shot of some Blackish Oystercatcher yesterday on my point and shoot camera, so I needed some decent photos and here one is.

Peruvian Pelican
Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)

Peruvian Booby
Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata)

grey gull
grey gull (Leucophaeus modestus)

Arica bird list

Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi)
Belcher’s gull (Larus belcheri)
Blackish Oystercatcher (Haematopus ater)
West Peruvian Dove
Neotropic Cormorant
Whimbrel
Peruvian Pelican
Peruvian Booby
grey gull (Leucophaeus modestus)
Ruddy Turnstone

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

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)

January 5, 2011

Birds

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I have quite a few blog posts about birds and Bird Photography. Here is the link for my blog posts about birds.

Birds and Bird Photography

If you need specific information, try the search box on the right hand side of the page. My South American birds are categorised under the category South America. Wait a second while I get a link for that to save you a mouse click.

South America Birding

Peru Birds

October 25, 2010

Lobitos, North Peru 3

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More Lobitos Surf and Birds

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Los Lobitos tube, Northern Peru

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I really like this photo

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This guy is as deep as you can get and still be seen

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Something different

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Some green water for a change

Birds

Oasis hummingbird
Oasis Hummingbird

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Cinereous Finch (Piezorhina cinerea)

October 23, 2010

Lobitos, North Peru

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Lobitios surfing and birds

Lobitos
Bodyboarder getting tubed at Lobitos Point

Lobitos
Lobitos 424

Lobitos - Piscina
Chileno dude getting some sick air at piscinas

Lobitos - Piscina
Leo getting shacked in some very wild water at piscinas

Lobitos - Piscina
Leo off the lip at piscinas

Lobitos - Piscina
Nice cutback

Lobitos - Piscina
Getting some air

Birds

royal tern
Royal Tern, Sterna maxima

Black Vulture
Black Vulture

Peruvian Pelican
Peruvian Pelican, Pelecanus thagus

October 22, 2010

Surfing and Birds at Lobitos

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Los Lobitos Surfing and Birds

I finally made it to Lobitos, which is about 70 kilometers south of Mancora. On the way I was quite surprised to see lots of oil rigs pumping away in the desert. there is even one on the beach here. Lobitos is a deserted town inhabited only by surfers and fishermen. Its like surfing on the moon here, it is so desolate and barren.

Lobitos
Wide shot of Lobitos

This morning a bunch of Chilean dudes were out at Lobitos point ripping it up. They are used to these conditions, often riding cold, big waves.

Lobitos
A Chileno Goofy-footer cuts back

The inside wave was spitting out barrels like Pipeline. I think it may have been impossible to ride. These guys were surfing the next section along the point.

Lobitos
Pulls into a barrel

Conditions here are pretty tough. The wind is always blowing really hard, the water is freezing cold, and there are no hot showers. Othere than that, there is great company, surfers from all over the place just hanging out and having fun.

Lobitos
A backhand barrel

Birds of Lobitos

Going down to the beach this morning I was quite surprised to see a little camouflaged bird darting around the bushes.

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Coastal Miner (Geositta peruviana)

These green parrot type birds were camouflaged very well against the green ground bushes next to the beach. Some had blue flashes on them.

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Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)

While others were all green.

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Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)

October 20, 2010

Birds of Mancora 2

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Mancora Birds #2

Well, yesterday I did not go for a surf but took the camera for a walk to try and photograph some birds. As soon as I got past the end of the hostel wall, I saw this hummingbird on the overhead wire. I had been seeing him for the last few days scooping in and out of the garden feeding on the red flowers. I had a look at the hummingbirds for South America on Arthur Grosset’s web-site, but there were thousands of them. So I am going to wait until I get home before I try and identify any hummingbirds.

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Amazilia Hummingbird (Amazilia amazilia)

That one had a mainly orange back and orange in the stomach area. Further down the road at some hotel, they had the water sprays going on the garden and another variety of hummingbird was having a nice bath and slipping around on the wet leaves.

hummingbird 2
Oasis Hummingbird (Rhodopis vesper)

This one may have been having a drink or just playing around in the water. I have no idea. It had a purple patch under the chin.

hummingbird 2
Oasis Hummingbird (Rhodopis vesper)

Later on he flew up onto the wire and did some very strange gyrations and flapped his wings around and contorted his body in all strange shapes. This is one of the pretty ones.

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Oasis Hummingbird (Rhodopis vesper)

Later on, down the beach, I spotted this wader that I cannot seem to identify as yet. It is not a surfbird, but I cannot seem to place it. I looked all over – not a sandpiper, etc. I am stumped. It was a Willet, Tringa semipalmata.

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Willet, Tringa semipalmata

Last night and this morning I have been for a surf and it has been pretty good, but small. This morning I snapped the fin in my board and had to buy another one for 35 Soles. There may be some waves tonight and tomorrow morning. I am waiting for the swell to pick up and the high tides to be in the early mornings.

There have been lots of sea birds about, but they are nearly mostly all Peruvian Boobys, Peruvian Pelicans and Magnficent Frigatebirds. the Peruvian Boobys sometimes fly horizontally into the water to catch fish. They just cruise about above the waves and then whack! dive into the water to catch a fish. There are lots of fish around here. The water is full of them jumping about, so it must be easy for the sea birds to get a feed of fish. There are both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures in Mancora, but the Black Vultures seem to stick to the pueblo whilst the Turkey Vultures hang out at the beach.

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