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