Birding in the Ecuadorian Andes, 9-26 to 10-6, 2017 – #8


Day #8

K. 24, view to the west

We left before light, crossing over the Rio Cosanga and driving uphill to a pass, where we hoped to see a particular nighthawk. But no luck. We then continued a good ways downhill  (south) to a small village at the junction with the “Loreto Road”, known as “K.24” (Kilometer 24). As we turned onto that road, Edwin drew our attention to a statue of an Umbrellabird that stood at the junction (see photo). Also, he had predicted that we might see Magpie Tanagers in this village, and, sure enough, there they were.

Magpie Tanager

We drove east on the Loreto Road as far as the small establishment of Cabaña Cascada Hollin. It was raining when we arrived, so we birded for a while from the bus (!) and then transferred outside.

Map of route to Cascada Hollin

Begonias, outside of the restaurant

Kathy, at Cascada Hollin

Black-throated Mango

Golden-tailed Sapphire

White-tailed Hillstar?

Heliconia

We started back, stopping here and there along the way.

Lush cloud forest

Plant or fungi?

Washstand at a roadside restaurant, with a ginger plant behind, the toilets beyond ….

… and this waterfall across the road

How about another photo of the Green Jay at San Isidro?

Green Jay

Today was our last (!) full day of this extraordinary birding trip. Tomorrow, we would head back to the Quito area, but not without first stopping at Guango Lodge.

Collared Inca, Guango Lodge

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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