Ecuador Part 2. – The Andes

Canadian Birder

We left the Yellow House for the final time and made the two hour drive to Reserva Yanacocha where we would search for some localized high elevation cloud forest species. The first new birds we saw were the small Tyrain Metaltail and the stocky Shining Sunbeam visiting the very active hummingbird feders.

114659331 Shining Sunbeam

We walked around the well kept groups of the reserva and we found lots of interesting bird my favorite was definitly the Sword-billed Hummingbird! It is the only bird in the world that’s bill is longer than the rest of it’s body.

114659451 Sword-billed Hummingbird

The non-hummingbird feeders were also productive as the attracted Andean Guan and Black-chested Mountain-Tanager.

114660301 Andean Guan

114660381 Black-chested Mountain-Tanager

After we had decided we had seen whst was coming to the feeders we moved on and made the long walk in the fog to the next feeding station. Where we saw Golden-breasted and…

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