Lost in Birding: December 2010

Lost in Birding: December 2010

Lost in Birding: December 2010

Having tried for Crescent-faced Antpitta on the tour previously and been thwarted by several calling birds, we went on our final mission for it, although this time in the south, near the town of Saraguro.As we climbed the road, temperate forest cloaked the road sides, with a thick bamboo understorey. Just the kind of stuff the antpittas like. Indeed, while stopping at a likely spot, we tried to tape the bird and got a quick close response, but could not get an angle where we could see it in the shady understorey. With this we headed higher and went on a hike through the paramo grassland and dropped into the elfin forest on the treeline, although this time did not even hear one. We tried another track, choked with bamboo, and again heard nothing. It was now nearly 2pm and I was starting to wonder if this bird was slipping out of our grasp altogether ...

Our next day was a venture into the windswept paramos of El Cajas NP, with the offer of tame high Andean birds, and spectacular high Andean scenery ...

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