Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 18, 2018

Huacachina Morning Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 9:36 pm

Hucachina Oasis Day Two

This morning I set off at 6:30am from the hostel. Luckily I got a taxi so I did not have to walk to the lagoon at Huacachina. I was wondering where the water came from and the girl at the hostel told me they have to ship it in because about 3 years ago it dried up. I suspect that the water table has dropped because of all the farms using massive amounts of water.

 Cocoi Heron
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)

It took me a while to realise this was not a Black-crowned Night-heron. The bill looked too long.

 Long-tailed Mockingbird
Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus)

West Peruvian dove
West Peruvian dove (Zenaida meloda)

“The West Peruvian dove or Pacific dove (Zenaida meloda) was first described in 1843 by the Swiss naturalist Johann Jakob Baron von Tschudi. It is closely related to the North American White-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica), but is now considered a separate species by ornithologists due to genetic and behavioral differences.[2] Specimens are brownish-gray above and gray below, with a bold white wing patch that appears as a brilliant white crescent in flight and is also visible at rest. Adults have a bright blue (almost indigo), featherless patch of skin around each eye. The legs and feet of adults are red, but unlike Z. asiatica, their eyes are brown. Both sexes are similar, but juveniles have a lighter color than adults, they do not have blue eye rings, and their legs and feet are brownish-pink.” (wiki)

Great Egret
Great Egret (Ardea alba)

I only saw one on the water.

House Wren
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Croaking Ground-dove
Croaking Ground-dove (Columbina cruziana)

Vermilion Flycatcher - male
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus ) – male

Huacachina Oasis bird list

8976 Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)
8991 Great Egret (Ardea alba)
90145 Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
9141 Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus )
9039 House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus)
8965 West Peruvian dove (Zenaida meloda)
9060 Croaking Ground-dove (Columbina cruziana)

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