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.

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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

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Pacific Dove (Zenaida meloda)

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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

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American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

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Hudsonian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus) in flight

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Sanderling

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Grey Gull (Larus modestus), Gaviota garuma

List of birds usually seen in this area

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

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