|Norbil's viewing platform is spacious and impressive, looking not only at feeders but|
at plantings of selected flowering plants, chosen to attract both hummingbirds and butterflies.
|Feeders (look carefully!) in the shade behind the flowering Verbena hedge.|
|Blue-fronted Lancebill Doryfera johannae.|
This lovely hummer has a remarkably straight bill; it is scarce, though widely-distributed.
|Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata, another widespread and truly gloriously|
|Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone; really, I run out of superlatives for hummers...|
This one is found throughout the northern Andes.
|Many-spotted Hummingbird Taphrospilus hypostictus, limited to the lower eastern slopes of |
the northern Andes.
|Wire-crested Thorntail male at Verbena. |
Birdlife International describes it as "generally rare"; Cornell Lab of Ornithology refers to it as "stunning".
It is one of the most enthralling birds I've ever had the privilege of meeting.
|Norbil's hide for viewing almost mythically shy and hard-to-see birds of the cloud forest floor.|
The corn is delivered though the pipe on the left to the ground below the viewing slots (below).
|This Cinereous Tinamou Crypturellus cinereus came in early, and others later followed.|
It is widespread across northern South America but, like other tinamous, is very secretive.
|Little Tinamou, another Aguas Verdes thrill.|
|Orange-billed Sparrow, another new species for me.|
|Grey-necked Wood Rail Aramides cajaneus, perhaps not as hard to see as some of the|
others, but hard to imagine a view as spectacular as this one!
|White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi.A large and widespread forest species, but not normally easy to approach.|