INCA TRAIL TREK

My new photobook, INCA TRAIL TREK,  is now available for preview.

inca-trail-book-cover

An initial preview is available here.

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MORE FALL MIGRANTS

magnolia-warbler-1MAGNOLIA WARBLER

nashville-1NASHVILLE WARBLER

orange-crowned-1ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER

pine-warbler-1PINE WARBLER

black-and-white-warbler-1BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER

blackburnian-warbler-1IMMATURE BLACBURNIAN

blackburnian-warbler-1-2MATURE BLACKBURNIAN

black-throated-green-1BLACK THROATED GREEN

black-throated-blue-1MALE BLACK THROATED BLUE

philadelphia-vireo-1PHILADELPHIA VIREO

blue-headed-warbler-1BLUE-HEADED VIREO

red-eyed-vireo-1RED-EYED VIREO

 

 

 

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FALL MIGRATION

A limited selection of some of the participants in this year’s reverse migration. Enjoy!

black-throated-green-warbler-1IMMATURE BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER

tennessee-warbler-1TENNESSEE WARBLER

chestnut-sided-1BAY-BREASTED WARBLER

blackburnian-warbler-1BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER

orchard-oriole-1ORCHARD ORIOLE

northern-parula-1NORTHERN PARULA

chestnut-sided-warbler-1CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER

immature-nashville-warbler-1IMMATURE NASHVILLE WARBLER

red-eyed-vireo-1RED-EYED VIREO

philadelphia-vireo-1PHILADELPHIA VIREO

blue-headed-vireo-1BLUE-HEADED VIREO

black-throated-blue-1MALE BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER IN WORN COLOURS

black-and-white-warbler-1BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER

orange-crowned-warbler-1ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

flycatcher-1FLYCATCHER

rusty-blackbird-1-2RUSTY BLACKBIRD

scarlet-tanager-1SCARLET TANAGER 

gray-catbird-1GRAY CATBIRD

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THE KISS

Greta Zimmer Friedman has died at the age of 92.  She was the subject in perhaps one of the most iconic photos of the last century.

the-kiss-1THE KISS

Statue of the “Kiss” in Sarasota, Florida.

 

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PERUVIAN HUMMERS

A few pictures of some Peruvian hummingbirds that I was fortunate enough to spot on my recent hike through the Andes.

Giiant Hummingbird-1GIANT HUMMINGBIRD

VIOLATEAR-1SPARKLING VIOLATEAR

TRAINBEARER-1GREEN-TAILED TRAINBEARER

 

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MACHU PICCHU RUINS

 More images from my recent trip.

Machu Picchu Best  HDR-1MACHU PICCHU RUINS

 

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BIRDS OF PERU

While my recent trip to Peru was  not a birding trip per se, I was able to find some time at the end of each day just before dark and therefore in poor light to pursue some bird photography. Images below are more for “identity” rather than quality as our hike did not allow the weight penalty of better telephoto lenses nor did group dynamics allow much time for the necessary patience  for this endeavour. Many, many life birds for me were spotted but will have to remain etched in my memory. I have attempted to identify the birds as best I can.  Please feel free to contact me with any errors or omissions. PERUVIAN SPARROW-1PERUVIAN OR RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW

unknown-1 MOUSTACHED FLOWERPIERCER

PERUVIAN PLOVER-1ANDEAN LAPWING

unknown-1-2WHITE-TAILED HAWK

Bare Faced Ground Dove-1BARED FACED GROUND DOVE

UNKNOWN 4-1 CHIGUANCO THRUSH

UNKNOWN 5-1STRIPE- HEADED ANTPITTAS

MOUNTAIN CARACARA-1-2MOUNTAIN CARACARA 

During our hike Machu Picchu, as many as 20 immature Mountain Caracaras could be seen at one time swirling above our heads.  

FLAMINGOS-1 FLAMINGOS

Flamingos at nearly 12,000 feet elevation!

WHITE-TUFTED GREBE-1WHITE-TUFTED GREBE, LAKE TITICACA

ANDEAN SEAGULL-1ANDEAN SEAGULL, LAKE TITICACA

PUNA TEAL-1PUNA TEAL, LAKE TITICACA

CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES-1CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES

kingfisher Macchu Picchu-1 KINGFISHER, MACHU PICCHU

Were the Inca’s interested in bird imagery? Try and spot the depiction of a Kingfisher in the stonework of a wall at Machu Picchu. This artistic effort would have taken hundreds of hours of cutting and polishing with crude stone tools. Lucky me, I only have to polish pixels with Photoshop!!

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PERUVIAN PANORAMAS

Some panorama images from my recent expedition to Peru.

Inca Terrace-1INCA TERRACE, PISAC, SACRED VALLEY

Inca Agricultural Terrace-1AGRICULTURAL TERRACE

Major food source for Machu Picchu which is a three day hike up the mountain.

Campsite Three-1CAMPSITE THREE

Last rest stop before final push up to the Lost City.

First Light Campsite 3-1FIRST LIGHT

Homer’s “Rosy-fingered” dawn caresses a mountain glacier at first light. With images like this waiting outside your tent flap, no need for coffee to kick-start your day!!

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INCA TRAIL TREK

I survive the Inca Trail trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu!!  Did I flinch before Dead Woman’s Pass (elevation 13, 700 ft). Hell, no!! Did I crumble on the ancient stone staircase they now call the “Gringo Killer“.  No!!!  (But I did crawl up on all fours!!)

Machu PicchuMACHU PICCHU

Four days of exhilarating, exhausting adventure in the high Andes. Glad to have put that one into the books. Won’t be doing it again.

 

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GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER

Great Crested FlycatcherGREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER

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