Stooging around in Ecuador (3/11-15/2012)

After a Mass Audubon tour of northern Ecuador, I did some birding on my own.
First, I briefly visited a couple of properties belonging to San Jorge Eco-Lodges
(Quito and Tandayapa) and then I flew to Catamayo and was driven to Tapichalaca Reserve...

Pix from San Jorge lodges:


Golden-naped Tanager



Thick-billed Euphonia


Golden-rumped Euphonia


Tawny-breasted Flycatcher


Scaly-naped Amazon


Scaled Fruiteater


Crimson-rumped Toucanet


flowers


Purple-bibbed Whitetip


Great Thrush (female)


Green Violetear


flowers

Early the next morning I flew to Catamayo in the south of Ecuador


Cotapaxi Volcano


Chimborazo Volcano

and headed for Tapichalaca

The hummingbird feeders at Casa Simpson were hopping every day:


Long-tailed Sylph


Fawn-breasted Brilliant


Masked Flowerpiercer


Collared Inca


Flame-throated Sunangel


Amethyst-throated Sunangel


Chestnut-breasted Coronet


Chestnut-breasted Coronet and Amethyst-throated Sunangel standoff


Speckled Hummingbird


Chestnut-breasted Coronet

Despite the rain, there were plenty of birds to be seen on the trails:


Pale-naped Brush-Finch


Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant


Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher


Black-headed Hemispingus


Bearded Guan


White-throated Quail-Dove


Golden-plumed Parakeet


Golden-crowned Tanager


Rufous-capped Thornbill


Orchids

Of course, the stars of the show here are the antpittas:


Rufous Antpitta


Chestnut-naped Antpitta

and, the reason why the Tapichalaca Reserve was established


Jocotoco Antpitta (adult) - this species was discovered at this location, right about where
Casa Simpson is located today.


This is a subadult bird

More sightings along the road and on the trails:


Lots of water around in various forms


Hooded Mountain-Tanager


Record shot of Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager


bamboo thicket


Masked Trogon (female)


Masked Trogon (male) - these photos were taken through a window in the dining room


Andean Coati


trail map


Blue-capped Tanager


Rufous-tailed Tyrant


Grasshopper nymph (?)


Inca Jay (a few miles down the valley)


Green-and-black Fruiteater (female)


flowers


fancy flies


Tiger beetle


Glossy-black Thrush


flower


butterfly


waterfalls along the road


this stream crosses the main highway


the valley below Casa Simpson


that's the highway snaking its way down the valley toward Zumba


Band-tailed Pigeon


Flame-faced Tanager


Blue-backed Conebill


record shot of Chestnut-crested Cotinga


a little bit of sun!


Diego and Susan took good care of me

Back at the airport in Catamayo, I picked up a few more species including this


Long-tailed Mockingbird

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