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October 13, 2010

Chicama Surf Bird

Filed under: South America — admin @ 1:48 am

Surfing and Birding in Chicama, Peru

It has been a while since I posted my last blog. After Lima, I caught a Linea bus to Trujillo, and arrived late at night at Huanchaco, which is on the coast. The next morning I went out for a ride on my surfboard and it was too small for me. So I went around the surf shops trying to sell it. I eventually found a decent surfboard and decided to rent one for a month. I should have done that in the first place. It would have saved a lot of hassles. My new one is 7’4″ long and 22″ wide, so it floats me real good. After 3 days in Huanchaco, I got a bus to Puerto Malabrigo, more commonly known as Chicama, the longest left hand wave in the world, so they say.

Chicama, the longest wave in the world, photo by Amund Hosoien

There are so many different nationalities here surfing I cannot believe it. There are guys here from Holland, Germany, Israel, Chile, Norway, France, South Africa, USA, Australia, Peru, and Brazil. Everyone gets along so well – surfers around the world understand each other very well.

Steve from Holland ripping it up

The longboarders seemed to have it the easiest, because the current is so strong and they can get on the waves a lot sooner and get going.

Taking off just near the rock

This longboarder was really hitting the lip and coming off cleanly.

Off the lip

There was an American Oystercatcher on the beach as well as a Hudsonian Whimbrel.

american oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher in flight

The last couple of days I have seen a Turkey Vulture on the track out the the beach. It has been feeding on a dead Peruvian Booby on the shore.

turkey vulture
Turkey Vulture

Quite a few Surfbirds were feeding on the rock platforms.


The Sanderlings were running in and out of the surf, chasing and being chased by waves that came in.


I am not sure what this is Can anyone help identify it, please? I worked out what it is. thanks.

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Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

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