Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 16, 2018

Coastal Ecuador One

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Ayampe Estuary – Coastal Ecuador

I have been staying at Puerto Lopez on the coast of Ecuador. This morning I got the bus to Ayampe, about twenty kilometers north. I had no idea where I was going, so I headed towards the beach along this river. Actually it was the Rio Ayampe. Not much of a river, more like a trickle. Then I got to the estuary and things picked up quite considerably. There were birds everywhere and I got clicking away frantically. I think I got about six new birds. Not bad.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

I have been wanting a photo of a Yellow-crowned Night-heron for ages. First time I have seen one. Woopee!

Cocoi heron
Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi)

“The Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi) is a species of long-legged wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae found across South America. It has predominantly pale grey plumage with a darker grey crest. A carnivore, it hunts fish and crustaceans in shallow water.” (wiki)

Yellow-tailed Oriole
Yellow-tailed Oriole (Icterus mesomelas)

This is a really bad photo but the only one that is semi-usable. It is a record shot. Tick.

Masked Water tyrant
Masked Water tyrant (Fluvicola nengeta) Tirano de Aqua Enmascarado

Again, I have been looking for these for ages. Finally found one. And they just sit there waiting for you to take their photo. Awesome.

black-necked stilt
black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

masked yellowthroat
masked yellowthroat (Geothlypis aequinoctialis) ?

It might be a female Masked Yellowthroat. Thanks to Brisco for the guidance. Black-lored Yellowthroat (Geothlypis auricularis auricularis) is also a possibility – immature male. Thanks Tim.

American white ibis - juvenile
American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) juvenile

 Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

ID resource: http://www.world-birds.com/birds/a/ecuador

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