Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 6, 2010

El Chaco, Paracas NP

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El Chaco Birding.

El chaco is the town and port at the entrance to Paracas Nature Reserve in Southern Peru. This morning after I arrived here, I went for a walk along the beach front and photographed heaps of new birds. It is quite remarkable here. There are birds everywhere. I will probably only stay here two days but you could easily spend a week or so here, the bird life is so rich and diverse.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Belcher’s Gull juveniles have a dark brown hood and breast with pale fringes to the upperparts. They are very similar to the southern Australian Pacific Gull, which I thought they were at first. And also, they are very similar to the Kelp Gull. They have many names and have gone through a few splits. I think the official name now is Belcher’s Gull. They were also know as Band-tailed Gull and Peruvian Gull. In Spanish, they are called La Gaviota Peruana. This juvenile was picking around in the rubbish tip near the beach. There were quite a few birds there having a scrounge.

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

Pacific Dove (Zenaida meloda)

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

Hudsonian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus) in flight


Grey Gull (Larus modestus), Gaviota garuma

List of birds usually seen in this area

Inca Tern
Black and American Oystercatchers
Band-tailed Gull
Humboldt Penguin
Guanay Cormorant – black and white
Chuita Cormorant – greyish – Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi
Peruvian Booby
Chilean Flamingo
Franklin’s Gull (Larus pipixcan)- Gaviota de Franklin
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), Jote de cabeza colorado, Redhead gallinazo.

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