31 January 2011

Sparklers of the Andes...ECUADOR (Jan. '11)



We finished up our time at Paz de las Aves with some quality time with some hummingbirds. As usual the action was frenetic, birds zipping in and out for a shot at the sugar water. The two most striking species present were also the celebrity ones, the Choco endemics. The amazing Velvet-purple Coronet shot in and out regularly (top), turning from a seemingly uninteresting black hummingbird into a glittering jewel of violet and sapphire when the light hit it just right. The other notable one was the largest one present, the Empress Brilliant, that seems to be just another green hummer until sun caught it just so and the throat shimmered pink, and the belly glowed gold (bottom)....

Next stop for me is southern Ecuador, and the lure of Tumbesian endemics and highland rarities. Posts to come soon from "down south"...

2 comments:

Rebecca said...

Stunning, as your photos always are. And your descriptions make me feel like I am seeing them with you.

Larry said...

Always enjoy your posts. The hummingbirds are amazing.