Sunday, December 16, 2007

Arequipa - Juliaca 16.12.07

Aplomado Falcon at 3400 m

Baird's Sandpiper at 4500 m.
Vicuña at 4100 m.

Lower parts of the Chiguata basin 11.12.07

Burrowing Owl from the drier parts just after entering the Chiguata basin.

Andean Tit-Spinetail in the drier parts of the basin. I have only seen this species below 2900 m. Andean Tit-Spintail can be confused with Streaked Tit-Spinetail. Note the streaks at the breast.

Dark-winged Canastero sitting at the nest.

Canyon Canastero habitat before entering the Chiguata basin. I saw the Canyon Canastero here 11.12.07. I have also seen it at higher altitude. some years ago.

Canyon Canastero from the Arequipa - Juliaca road (above Yura) 16.12.07. Note the reddish tail, wings and back.

Chiguata 11.12.07

Hooded Siskin, male
Thick-billed Siskin, note the bill and less yellowish colour.
White-browed Chat-Tyrant
Band-tailed Seedeater, male
Mourning Sierra-Finch, male
Just before the Pipeline trail there is another small gorge to the left; this is also a good place to see birds. Here are some birds from this locality.

Pipeline trail, Chiguata 11.12.07

The Black Metaltails seems to prefer gorges where they can stay in the shadows.

Human activity in the Pipeline trail

The Pipeline trail lies in the Chiguata basin. You can see the pipeline cross the fork at the left-hand side of the road. This was earlier a peaceful place with birds like White-throated Earthcreeper and Rusty-bellied Brush-Finch. The human activity in this gorge has probably scared them both. However I saw several Black Metaltails displaying in the entrance to the gorge.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Cinereous Conebill

Cinereous Conebill, at 3840 m, Moho 22.11.07

Well, you just have to publish pictures like this (Moho 22.11.07).

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs

Above: Greater Yellowlegs, Vilquechico area 19.11.07, below: Lesser Yellowlegs, Juliaca 02.12.07.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Birds between Juliaca & Moho 19 & 23.11.07

Black Siskin

Cordilleran Canastero

Plumbeous Rail (Imm)

Titicaca Flightless Grebe

Moho: Some common birds

Here I present some common birds from Moho. All photos taken between 19-23 of November. The birds: Black-throated Flowerpiercer, Andean Ibis, Chilean Flamingo & Peruvian Sierra-Finch.

Moho: A place where most birdes don't go.

I strayed in Moho from 19 to 23 of november. My trip was work related, but I had some time to watch birds as well. I was interesting to walk along the road and take some photos. I was also able to talk with people along the road as the cars rushed by. At one of the hilltops you can also find some interesting old ruins, these ruins are not fully explored yet. One morning we walk up to these ruins and had splendid views of Lake Titicaca and the surroundings.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I've had enough of you!

We visited Puno today, and here are som pictures from Titicaca. A couple of Andean Ducks seemed to have some problems in their relationship; I hope they resolve their problems soon. By the way, it's the male who's on the run
Yellow-winged Blackbirds (male & female) & Puna Teal.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

La Punta, Callao, Lima 10.11.07

Elegant Tern

I visited La Punta together with members of GAP (Grupo de Aves Peru) from Lima. It was an exiting experience, and I got several new contacts. I hope to stay in touch with you all!

La Punta is a good place for migrating shorbirds and gulls. Among the birds seen were Sanderling, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Franklin's Gull & Elegant Tern

Semipalmated Plover (left) & Semipalmated Sandpiper (right)

Gray-hooded Gull

Pantanos de Villa, Lima 3

Pacific (White-winged) Dove, along the main trail close to the headquarter. All the photos from Pantanos de Villa 09.11.07 (next two entries as well)

Franklin's Gulls at the beach, Mar Villa circuit, also Band-tailed Gull (ad. & imm.) in the front.

Kildeer, Mar Villa circuit.

Western Sandpiper,

Mar Villa circuit