Birds in Ecuador Feb. 12-28, '99

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We got an in-your-face knockout surprise look at the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock on a mountain road near Tandayapa on the Western slope, but only for seconds. Other great bird sitings that I failed to get on camera were a Sword-billed Hummingbird being chased by a Black-tailed Trainbearer, a Golden-headed Quetzal, & the Amazonian Umbrellabird.

Here's what John Gooders says about the Cock-of-the-rock in The Great Book of Birds:

"Grotesque postures are adopted to show their finery to its best and they have the curious habit of remaining motionless for minutes at a time in a favoured pose."

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Buff-tailed Coronet; Collared Inca; Toucan Barbet; Plate-billed Mountain Toucan

We got these four birds near Bellavista Lodge, in a cloud forest.

More birdshots:

Buff-tailed Coronet (4k) hovering
Toucan Barbet (17k) same individual as above.
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan (19k) Only one detail shows up here, the plate.
Lineated Woodpeckers (5k) West of San Miguel de los Bancos
Many-banded Aracari (20k), from the Sacha tower
Crimson-mantled Woodpeckers (12k) like "mossy & epiphyte-laden surfaces"
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker (2k), front view, from the porch at Bellavista.
Plum-throated Cotinga (17k) from the Sacha tower
Bi-colored hawk (9k) near Mindo
Squirrel Cuckoo (20k) near Mindo
Flame-faced Tanager (8k) doing its head-down, peering beneath limbs behavior.
Black-headed Parrot (2k) from the Sacha tower. again (15k)
Cuvier's Toucan (29k) in a Cecropia tree near Sacha.
Roadside Hawk (7k) perched, then flying. I digitally merged the sequential shots.
Black Vulture (14k) near the bus station in Tema.
Cinnamon Attila (5k) through a scope; & again (4k)
Pacific Parotlets(12k) , through a scope. A recent split.
Cliff Flycatcher (11k) on Loreto Road through a scope
Orange-winged Parrot (11k) A pet at Orchard Paradise, but on the Sacha list.
Hornero's nest (26k) downslope from Mindo, west of Los Bancos.
Hummingbird's nest (18k), seen from a dugout canoe at Sacha.
Tinamou's eggs (19k) at Sacha; Nest (23k); Nest site (28k)

Seen in the paramo between Quito & Papallacta:

Many-striped Canastero (20k)
Stout-billed Cinclodes (11k)
Plain-capped Ground-tyrant (11k) at our highest elevation, 14000 ft.
Roufous-breasted Seed Snipe (4k), seen at the communications tower at 14k ft.
Andean Teal (9k) reflections
All the photos on this page were taken with my Sony Mavica Digital Camera.
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