|Dawn on Antisana Volcano from the deck of Wildsumaco Lodge.|
|The arrow indicates the approximate position of Wildsumaco Lodge on the eastern slopes of the Andes.|
|More detailed map of the lodge's location; this one is taken from Wildsumaco's web page;|
in the circumstance I'm assuming they won't mind too much!
|Many-spotted Hummingbird Taphrospilus hypostictus. This one is an eastern slopes specialist, found in a disjunct narrow band south from northern Ecuador.|
|Rufous-vented Whitetip Urosticte ruficrissa, likewise restricted to the eastern slopes, from Colombia to Peru.|
|Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans,a much more widespread Andean species, but always very welcome!|
|Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone is very much a case in point;|
a very widespread hummer, but what a bird!
|Black-throated Brilliant Heliodoxa schreibersii, here at about its uppermost limits.|
Unlike most of the hummingbirds seen at Wildsumaco, this one is found down in the Amazonian lowlands.
|Rio Napo Tamarin has been split off from the already restricted-range Black-naped Tamarin,|
though as is so often the way this is not universally accepted.
|Black-mandibled (or Yellow-throated) Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus.Another magnificent bird, up to 60cm long, restricted to the eastern Andean slopes.|
|Many-banded Aracari Pteroglossus pluricinctus is primarily a lowland species,|
found here well above its normally expected altitude.
Aracari is the name used for the toucans of this genus, which are smaller than the previous species.
|You can see from the white verandah post that this is - or would be - much the same view|
as the one shown earlier in this post.
|Dining room above (not in the cloud!) and bar below.|
|And this one, to my shame, has me baffled (though I'm sure it's just me). |
I'm pretty sure it's a crake (Grey-breasted perhaps?) but any suggestions gratefully received.
I'm very far from an expert on Ecuador's vast array of bird species!
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