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Yanacocha & Bellavista

Cloud Forest Reserves


Day 3 - 27th July 2013

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Part 1 - Dawn at Yanacocha Reserve

 


         

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After a noisy night in the Quito hotel our acclimatisation was done and a 5:30 AM start saw us head up to 3500m on the Nono Road in search of Hummingbirds. Our guide turned up well-wrapped and with good reason, it's pretty chilly in the morning, especially in the wind.

First light on the mountains...


 


Nevado Cotacachi volcano in the far distance at 4944 metres...





Miche and a large Umbrella Plant...





Hummingbirds

Photographing tiny birds in low light is not an easy task, so it helps when they sit still for a second...



 


First tantalising silhouetted glimpses of a Sword-billed Hummingbird. This was the hummingbird that I was most intrigued to see if we could...





Getting closer...





In all its glory - the beak is incredible on such a small bird...












Rufous Antpitta...


 

















 














You can just see his tongue sticking out...


 


A Great Sapphirewing flying over...











A bit of a messy shot, but I loved the colours on this bird...


 








Miche on the way down to the reserve entrance...





Looking back up to the path we'd taken towards the Pichincha volcano...


 


Tawny Antpitta...






Front view...





After leaving Yanacocha we drove between a river and a steep sided bank - we noticed a new-born calf in a muddy puddle at the bottom of the bank - the mother had given birth too close to the edge and the poor thing had fallen about 15 feet to the roadside. Our driver Johnny and a naturalist picked it up and took it back to its mother in the field above who was clearly agitated - however the story has a happy ending as the mother rushed over and started to care for it.

Dipper...



 


Trout farm in the valley and a big hint to what we'd be having for lunch...






Crimson-Rumped Toucanet...





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Bellavista & Alambi

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D1 - Heathrow to Amsterdam D2 - Amsterdam to Quito D3 - Hummingbirds
D4 - Quito City Tour D5 - San Cristobal - Playa Baquerizo D6 - San Cristobal - Laguna el Junco
D7 - San Cristobal - Kicker Rock D8 - Floreana - Iguanas & Turtles D9 - Floreana & Isabella
D10 - Isabella - Trek - Volcan Chico D11 - Isabella - Trek - Sulphur & Sunsets D12 - Isabella - Mud, Mangroves & Tortoises
D13 - Isabella - Wall of Tears D14 - Santa Cruz - Market, CDRS & Tortuga D15 - Bartolome
D16 - Return to Quito D17 - Otavalo, Equator & Parc Condor D18 - Return to the UK