Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 6, 2010

Paracas National Reserve Birding

Filed under: South America — Tags: , , — steve_happ @ 2:43 pm

Paracas Nature Reserve

The Paracas National Reserve is located in Ica province of southern Peru. It is a peninsular which juts out into the cold Pacific Ocean but is a desert. It hardly every rains here and the land has remained constant for 45 million years. There is no river or creeks or flash floods to erode the landscape, so it stays pretty much the same except for the effects of the wind.

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The Atacama Desert of Peru butts right up against the ocean and there is only any life at the edge of the ocean, where you will find hordes of birds and a few lizards.

Peruvian Booby
Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata) – Piquero

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Hudsonian Whimbrel
Hudsonian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus)



  1. Very nice Paracas National Reserve series. It almost seems as if the American Oystercatcher is pausing to give you a little smile. Love it.

    Comment by Debbie Miller @HooootOwl — October 7, 2010 @ 2:23 am

  2. Thanks debbie, they are very likable little birds. i enjoyed these photos.

    Comment by admin — October 7, 2010 @ 4:36 am

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