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Birdlife in Colca

For my 5th time I went to the beautiful and exiting valley of Colca. This is one of the deepest valleys on earth, and it´s just amazing. Usually I go there to take photos, and especially of the Colca Condor. This time we went there with the family to take a week off. Since I have a lovely wife she let me bring my camera gear with me. As you can understand, the main purpose for this trip wasn’t photos but I did get some.

Hundreds of tourists go to Colca every day for two purposes. See this deep valley, and see the Colca Condor, one of the biggest birds there is. But beside this impressive big bird, there are a lot of other birds. So today I will show you some other birds you can find in the valley.

The first one is the Giant Hummingbird. This is the largest member of the hummingbird family, and has a weight of more or less 20 g and a wingspan of 21,5 cm. You can find it in large parts of South America between 2000 and 4300 meters above sea level.

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sek, ISO 160

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/4.5, 1/320 sek, ISO 160

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sek, ISO 250

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sek, ISO 250

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sek, ISO 250

Another beautiful little creature is this Black-throated Flowerpiercer. It is found in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Its special beak is very characteristic.

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/5.6, 1/240 sek, ISO 250

In my 5 years in Peru I have seen this American Kastrel or Sparrow Hawk a lot of times. But it has been hard to get close to them. I just have a 200 mm, so I have to get close to take good pictures. I found this close to “Cruz del Condor” and the bird allowed me to come quite close. I think 4-5 meters. It is a very nice bird.

 

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sek, ISO 160

This one is another rare little bird. It’s a much smaller hummingbird than the Giant Hummingbird. The name is Black Metaltail and you can only find it in Peru, from the capital Lima and down to the border to Chile. A friend of mine, Tor Egil Høgsås, has the southernmost observation of the bird, almost on the border with Chile.

 

 

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/1600 sek, ISO 160

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/1600 sek, ISO 160

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/1250 sek, ISO 160

The last one I will show you today is the Cinereous Conebill. I think this bird is very beautiful. In the early morning light it was possible to take some nice pictures of the bird resting in a tree.

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Canon 1D mk III, Canon EOS 200mm, f/2.8, 1/1250 sek, ISO 160

 

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Posted by bakkesblogg on 19. October 2013

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