Ecuador - non-hummingbirds

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4 years 2 weeks ago #86391 by nkgray
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The day trip to Guango Lodge turned up many more lifers for me than just the hummingbirds. Here are those that I managed to photograph.

Cinnamon Flycatcher



Montane Woodcreeper



Pearled Treerunner





Rufous-breasted Flycatcher - female



Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant



Spectacled Whitestart



Turquoise Jay



On the Papallacta Pass -

Glossy-black Thrush - adult and immature





At the top of the pass we took a road up to some radio and cellphone towers at 4,300m where we saw -

Paramo Ground Tyrant



Chestnut-winged Cinclodes




Neil

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4 years 1 week ago #86392 by gordon
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Hi Neil,

Absolutely loving all your photo's!!

Thanks for sharing with the rest of us mortals!!

Cheers,
Gordon

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4 years 1 week ago #86393 by John Young
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As Gordon said, I've so enjoyed these reports so thanks for sharing. So much to see and so little time with minimal resources, so I'll have to resort to armchair viewing.
Cheers,
Dave

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4 years 1 week ago #86394 by nkgray
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Dave,

It was armchair viewing that inspired me to take up bird photography only 8 years ago, and armchair viewing that gave me the desire to see as many bird species as possible whenever I have the opportunity, so I feel somewhat obliged to post my images to keep all those dreams out there alive. Hopefully those dreams will one day become reality.

I have been fortunate that my career took a very different path some 6 years ago and the job has taken me to Zambia, the DRC, Guinea, Chile and Peru in the past 5 years, and enabled me to go birding in Kenya, Botswana, Argentina and Ecuador too, but had I not been an armchair birder maybe none of this would have happened.

Remember, wherever you are and however common the bird, "the best photo is always the next one" - but never pass up an opportunity for a photo as the corollary to that is "the best photo is the one you already have".

Good luck with your birding, wherever it might be,

Neil

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4 years 1 week ago #86395 by John Young
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Thanks Neil,

I get out and about on my home turf as much as possible - my wife thinks my recent birding obsession which kicked in 4 years ago is my response to mid-life crisis. And I'm loving every minute of it. <!-- s:hypnodisk: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/hypnodisk.gif" alt=":hypnodisk:" title="Hypnotised" /><!-- s:hypnodisk: --> Unfortunately she does not fully see what I'm seeing!! <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: --> So planned trips away from home have to be a mix of birds and other activities. Your forays into other parts of the world are inspirational, and I too hope one day I get to see a bit of what you've seen. For the time being I'm going to focus on Southern Africa - still so much to be seen here.

Cheers,
Dave

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