Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Citron-headed Yellow-Finch, Sucre 18.08.09

The Citron-headed Yellow-Finch (first picture) is quite common here in Sucre, and it is only present in Bolivia and the northern part of Argentina. Below the more widespread Greenish Yellow-Finch

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Roadside Hawk is still around

Today I saw the Roadside Hawk from my window once again, It had a prey as well (Picui Ground-Dove). There are a lot of birds in the garden here at SETELA, and it seems like the Hawk has discovered this food source.

Golden-breasted Woodpecker

From 2001 to 2003 I had one or two observations of this Woodpecker each year here in Alto Tujsupaya, Sucre (2860 m). However, in 2004 I saw this species all months of the year. Now returning in 2009 I have seen this species several times already.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Roadside Hawk seen from my window today

This Roadside Hawk perched outside my office today. I decided not to open the window, and the quality of the photo is good enough (Alto Tujsupaya, Sucre, 14.08.09).

Another brown-capped bird

The Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail, is among the more seldom seen bird as well here in Alto Tujsupaya, Sucre. However, I saw two individuals of this species 06.08.09.

Brown-capped Whitestart, Sucre, Bolivia

This is one of my favorite birds in the area. The Brown-capped Whitestart is a colorful and fast moving bird. Brown-capped Whitestart is not so common here in Alto Tujsupaya, but I see it from time to time. This individual was photographed in this area 06.08.09. I have seen this species more frequently at slightly lower elevations (among others Hacienda siete cascadas).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant, Sucre, Bolivia

The Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant is a scarce austral migrant in Sucre, and this bird was photographed today. This is only my third observation of this species in Sucre. I have also seen this species in Puno, Peru in August. All my observations are related to the austral winter, and my guess is that this is a migrant in this part of Bolivia and Southern-Peru.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Cliff Flycatcher, Sucre, Bolivia

This Cliff Flycatcher was photographed along the entrance road to "Hacienda siete cascadas" here in Sucre today.

Endemic birds in Bolivia 2

There is a colony with Cliff Parakeets next to "Hacienda siete cascadas" in Sucre. The birds are normally seen on the grounds at the hacienda as well. The Cliff Parakeet is by some authors regarded a subspecies of Monk Parakeet, but normally accepted as a valid species endemic to Bolivia.

Endemic birds in Bolivia

"Hacienda siete cascadas" is a guest house were you can rest, eat & sleep. This is an old restored Spanish "hacienda", and it is a good place to look at birds as well. With some luck most of the specialties in the area can bee seen here in a day or two. I saw many good species, including the two endemics that are quite easily seen here, in about two hours. The turn off to this hacienda lies between the airport and the city center here in Sucre. In this post you can see a Bolivian Blackbird. You might notice some of the differences between this bird and a Shiny Cowbird: The plumage is not so bright, the bill is somewhat stronger and you can also see some brownish on the wing. All these characters distinguish the Bolivian Blackbird from a Shiny Cowbird. Normally you also hear the characteristic "cho-pe" before you see the bird.

Giant Hummingbird, Sucre, Bolivia 09.08.09

Yesterday I observed a very cooperative Giant Humingbird. In the end I photographed the bird at about four meters.

Sucre, Bolivia 06.08.09

Here are some of my latest observations from Sucre. I have done several walks in Alto Tujsupaya close to the airport were you can find our Theological Seminary (SETELA). One of my best documented observations is a male Wedge-tailed Hillstar (06.08.09). This is just my second observation in this area.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Chiguata is my homepatch one again (last time back in 1995/96), there is nothing more relaxing than a walk in this area. The people are gentle and the scenery extraordinary. There are also a lot of interesting birds in the area, just around Chiguata itself there are 70+ species to be seen, but if you add the polilepis wood and "Salinas" we talk about 140+ species.

White-throated Earthcreeper is one of the specialities in the area.
The church in Chiguata.

A colourful Black-hooded Sierra-Finch is hiding between the branches.

Sacsayhuamán, Cuzco 23.05

Sacsayhuaman isn't a place were you can see a lot of birds, but walking around this archaeological site there is always something to see.
Andean Lapwing, probably not present all year in the area.

Black-throated Flowerpiercer, this is a common bird in the area.


White-throated Hawk soaring above the ruins, this is a scarce raptor west of the Andes.

More pictures from the trip to Sandia 28-29 of May

Andean Condor

Waterfall just below the highest point at the road.
Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, female

La Cumbre

Cinereous Hawk

Here comes a picture I've had on my computer some time, it's a female Cinereous Harrier from Juliaca. It hunted along the hills just above our house in April this year.

Back from Norway

We have been some weeks in Norway, and hopefully there will be some more birds from Peru and Bolivia soon on this page. Meanwhile you can take a look at this Ringed Plover (it's not a Semipalmated Plover!) from Lista, Southern Norway.