19 February 2011

Flirtatious Hummers...ECUADOR (11 Feb)

After a rainy morning in Rio Bombuscaro in the eastern foothills with little to show for it but wet clothes and a Black-streaked Puffbird, we retreated to our wonderful tanager-themed Andean lodge, Copalinga, where the tide turned immediately with the appearance of a spectacular male Spangled Coquette. These hummers are so striking they are named coquettes that indicates a woman that flirts with and plays with a man's affections! This one certainly played with mine! On top of that a trip down the Old Loja-Zamora Road brought our tanager tally for the day to a whopping 23 species that included such seductive sounding species as Golden-eared, Orange-eared, and Paradise Tanagers among them, proving what a superb tanager area the eastern foothills of the Andes are....

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