Karl Overman: Birds and More


In some ways this was my favorite sighting on my Ecuador trip of 2018.  Oh, I have seen Amazon Kingfisher a fair number of times in Latin America but this bird was very special--it is the first time the species has been recorded on the west slope of the Andes in both Peru and Ecuador.  The female photographed here was actually on the Peru side of the river where I first found it on November 13th and duly reported it to Roger Ahlman, the bird reviewer for Ecuador and the top birder in that country.  He was rightly skeptical and straight out said, get a photo or forget it.  So the next day I walked over the bridge at Macara between Ecuador and Peru past the unconcerned border guards for Ecuador and took this photo.  I never saw this female fly and she was in Peru the whole time.  However on the 14th, a male Amazon Kingfisher was present, zipping up and down the river including over Ecuador territory so it was officially on the Pacific slope of both countries for the first time.

Amazon Kingfisher (Chlorceryle amazona)

Modified December 6, 2018