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Turquoise Jay getting up close an personal at Guango Lodge.
We’ll leave Quito for the high elevations of Papallacta Pass. That’s right, snow on the Equator.
Variable Hawk is one of the species to be looked for way up here…
© J. Feenstra 2013
The hummingbird feeders are famous, here a stark contrast between the long-billed (Sword-billed Hummingbird) and the long-tailed (Long-tailed Sylph)…
…and Collared Incas are as aggressive as they are striking.
Further down hill we’ll arrive at Cabanas San Isidro…
…with all the comforts of home.
…as is Common Bush-Tanager.
Cinnamon-mantled Woodpecker is a splash of color in the foliage…
…as is Saffron-crowned Tanager, one of more than a dozen tanager species possible on the property.
Among many other species, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant can be found along the Guacamayos trail.
East from the pass at Guacamayos the Andes drop into the Amazon Basin through the altitudinal zones of hundreds of species of birds.
Hopefully we’ll connect with the stunning Coppery-tailed Jacamar somewhere along the trail.
…as does the local Cliff Flycatcher.
Cabins at wildsumaco lodge
back porch of Wildsumaco lodge
The back porch overlooks forest and some of Ecuador’s best hummingbird feeders with possibilities of Napo Sabrewing, a foothill specialty…
…and Gould’s Jewelfront…
…and Chestnut-fronted Macaws may fly overhead at any time.
From here we ascend back into the Andes toward Quito, but not before stopping again for a few other mountain specialties like Viridian Metaltail…
…and Red-crested Cotinga.
The east Andes are great for birds and epic views alike.