Sunday, August 24, 2008

Yura area 20.08.08

I had a short stop along the Arequipa-Juliaca road in the evening at the obligatory control for heavy motor vehicles (above Yura). There is a lot of cactus in this area, and I had Canyon Canastero close to this spot some time ago. Canyon Canastero was not seen this time but several other interesting birds.
Dark-winged Canastero

Straight-billed Earthcreeper
Straight-billed Earthcreeper, somewath hidden by grass.
Streaked Tit-Spinetail
Streaked Tit-Spinetail

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Albatrosses - resting at the sea

Black-browed Albatross (Imm), only one observed during this pelagic from Callao, Lima 03 of August.
Bullers Albatross (Imm).
Waved Albatross, together with Grey Gull and a possible Wilsons Storm-Petrel.

The Albatrosses - in flight

Bullers Albatross, several observed.
Salvins Albatross, diagnostic black spot on the bill. Observed twice during the trip.
Waved Albatross together with White-chinned Petrels.
Waved Albatross, 60 observed during the trip!

More seabirds

More seabirds from the pelagic from Callao, Lima 03 of August.

Pink-footed Shearwater, the white underparts also seen well on the birds observed.
Sooty Shearwater, more than 10.000 seen.

This is a White-chinned Petrel, it is not easy to see the white on this bird, but there is something under the bill.

Below: No white visible at his bird, but the bill indiates that it is a White-chinned Petrel.

Swallow-tailed Gull

Monday, August 11, 2008


First photo: Markhams Storm-Petrel, quite big and diagnostic tail. Next photo: White-vented Storm-Petrel, not easy to distinguish from Wilsons Storm-Petrel. But if you see the white on the vent it resolves the problem.
Wilsons Storm-Petrel

Ringed Storm-Petrel

Let's dance...

During the last Lima pelagic 03 of August we saw five species of Storm-Petrel. Here are four of them. Not all of the photos are sharp, but they serve to learn something about the identification of these birds.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Santa Eulalia, Lima 02.08.08

The endemic White-cheeked Cotinga, we saw at least 10 in the morning. This bird is quite easy to see in the polylepis at this time of the year.
Golden-bellied Grosbeak
Golden-bellied Grosbeak
The endemic Black-necked Woodpecker

The endemic Great Inca-Finch (imm)

Here are some photos from the Santa Eulalia valley. We concentrated on the endemics in the valley so we did not reach the puna zone during this daytrip. However, we managed to see 10 of the 11 endemics present in the Santa Eulalia valley.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ollantaytambo & Machu Picchu

White-bellied Hummingbird, Ollantaytambo 24.07.08. The endemic Green-and-white Hummingbird seen at Machu Picchu (not photographed)
View of the mountains in Valle Sagrado.
Green-tailed Trainbearer, Ollantaytambo 24.07.08.
Machu Picchu

Window, Machu Picchu.


I visited Cusco with my family last month. Here are some pictures from a non-birding trip.
Temple (entrance?) Ollantaytambo
Golden-billed Saltator in a garden Ollantaytambo 24.07.08.
Many Black-backed Grosbeaks along the road to the railway station in Ollantaytambo (in the early morning).

Mejía & Matarani 21.07.08

The endemic Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes or Surf Cinclodes, Matarani
Band-tailed Gull (Gaviota Peruana with a Peruvian flag), Matarani
Matarani is a nice place to see Sealions, and Peruvian Pelicans as well
Harris Hawk (Imm), Mejía

Red-backed Hawk, Mejía

Some pictures from a short trip to costal Arequipa with my family.