Midway between the city of
Arequipa and the coast, you can find an artificial Lagoon. The Lagoon has
developed slowly the past ten year because of an agricultural project in this
desert plain at 1200 meters. You can find many ducks, flamingos and shorebirds
here. However, most birds are only migrants. We visited the Lagoon 04 of July
2013 and we found several birds breeding in North America, Altiplano and one
Austral migrant. Killdeer is probably one of few resident birds breeding along
the shores of this Lagoon, but other birds like Vermillion Flycatcher and Least
Seedsnipe breeds in the nearby agricultural fields. Here are some of the birds
seen in the Lagoon.
Cinnamon Teal and White-cheeked Pintail
Puna Flamingo, present at surprisingly many sites including La Joya (this photo) and Ite (earlier post)
Greater Yellowlegs, North-American migrant still present in the area
Dragonfly (below), unknown species, any suggestions?
I am from Norway and lived with my family in Peru between 2007 and 2010. Then I worked as a missionary at Centro Luterano de Educación Teologica and Seminario Teológico Luterano Andino. We have now returned to Norway, but I hope to update this blog with more photos from my eleven years in Peru and Bolivia. I have studied Theology, History, Sociology, Educational Pedagogies and Spanish at different universities. I have watched birds since the age of twelve.