Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The best bird in town, Arequipa


Peruvian Sheartail a common bird in the gardens and cultivated fields.

White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Chiguata

I have only seen White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant a couple of times, and never photograped the species earlier. at about 3500 meters Mauricio spotted one, but after a couple of minutes it disappeared. I started to run after the bird without thinking of the altitude, and I found it after a ten minutes hike up the hillside. I was shaky and could hardly held the camera, but I was able to take some pictures of the bird.
White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant (above and below)


 Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, photograpet at 3000 meters in Chiguata the same day.

Chiguata - once again

Once again I had the opportunity to visit Chiguata. This time together with Finn and Mauricio. We birded along the road from Chiguata to Salinas. Here are some of the birds from the lower elevations (2300 - 3500 meters). The first post showing some of the hummingbirds in the area.

             The endemic Black Metaltail

                            Giant Hummingbird

                     Peruvian Sheartail

                   Sparkling Violetear

                Sparkling Violetear

               Giant Hummingbird

Sunday, March 29, 2015

La Joya II

We also visited the cultivated fields in search for Tawny-throated Dotterel and Least Seedsnipe. Luckily we found a group of Dotterels.
 Cultivated fields at the desert plain and the vulcan Misti in the distance.
 Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant, an Austral migrant present in good numbers.
 Tawny-throated Dotterel

La Joya in the middle of the desert

Midway between the city of Arequipa and the coast you can find an artificial Lagoon. This Lagoon has developed slovely the past ten year because of an agricultural project in this desert plain at 1200 meters. Many ducks, flamingos and shorebirds can be found here. You will not find many species breeding here, and most of the species are migrant. We visited the Lagoon 04. July and we found beard breeding i North-America, Altiplano and also one Austral migrant. Killdeer is probably one of few resident birds breeding along the shores of this Lagoon, but other birds like Vermillion Flycatcher and Least Seedsnipe breeds in the nearby agricultural fields. Here are some of the birds seen in the Lagoon.
 White-cheeked Pintail
 Cinnamon Teal and White-cheeked Pintail
 Puna Flamingo, present at surprisingly many sites including La Joya (this photo) and Ite (earlier post)
 Greater Yellowlegs, North-American migrant still present in the area
 Greater Yellowlegs
 Andean Swift
 Killdeer

Dragonfly (below), unknown species, any suggestions?
Andean Gull

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ite wetlands, Tacna III - Flamencos

Cheilean Flamenco now breeds in Ite. It is the only costal Lagoon where this species breed. All three species of Flamencos are observed in the lagoons, something that makes Ite quite special. In Mejia there are also observations of all three species of Flamencos, but the last years Ite have more observations of Puna and Andean Flamenco than any other costal Lagoon.

 Chilean Flamenco
Chilean Flamenco

 Chilean and Puna Flamenco
 Chilean (right) and Puna (left) Flamenco
 Puna Flamenco

Puna Flamenco

Ite wetlands, Tacna II

 The largest Lagoon teemed with Ducks, Coots, Cormorants, Herons and Grebes
Neotropic Cormorant
Puna Ibis                 
 Grey-hooded Gull (abowe and below)

 Black Skimmer
 Great Grebe, was not common 10 years ago. Now quite common.
Tricolored Heron, not common in Southern-Peru, but I have observed this species in Ite since 1996.