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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