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 OR RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW
During our hike Machu Picchu, as many as 20 immature Mountain Caracaras could be seen at one time swirling above our heads.
Flamingos at nearly 12,000 feet elevation!
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!!