2005 Peru

2005 Peru

Like Bolivia, photography was a very low priority -it was hard enough just seeing the wildlife. Again, I was with Paul Holmes.  I insisted we included at least a token amount of the historical interest, to try to prove I was a well-rounded person.

Breakfast in the Santa Eulalia Valley; we'd hired a guide a 4WD for a couple of days as it would have been very difficult to do any other way.

This was our main target diadem sandpiper plover - rubbish picture but one of the world's most sort after birds.

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I ran for this bird, a big deal at 4600m!



Viscacha were fairly common.

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Andean goose


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After a while in the Huancao area, including Bosque Unchog, we were off to the Cusco area to combine culture with birding, plus a few beers in the Cross Keys pub.

Machu Picchu

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Cusco plaza

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Then it was onto Pisco/Paracus.

Peruvian pelican

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Humbolt penguin, band-tailed gull and guanay cormorant.

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red=legged cormorant

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South American sealion

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Inca tern - a lousy picture of a superb bird!


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It was then back to Lima for a long, exhausting but superb pelagic.


White-chinned petrel


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waved albatross


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We then flew to Puerto Maldano - via Cusco! - where it was a trip to Lago Sandoval; where the highlight was giant otter, something I'd been

desperate to see since I'd first missed them in Venezuela in 1987.  It was then off to Explorers Inn, in Tambopata, for 4 days.  Both places were

superb but far from ideal for taking pictures.


A poor picture of a superb bird: hoatzin.

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After a risking a night out in Lima, it was a trip to Lomas de Lachay.  Among several good birds were quite a few least seedsnipes.


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