Karl Overman: Birds and More

 
 

Decades ago I had seen this classy species in both Ecuador and Peru but it was still a bird I really wanted to see (and yes, photograph) on my 2018 trip to southern Ecuador.  I was having a hard time walking/breathing given the high elevation this bird favors.  On the trail around the lake at El Cajas National Park, there is a large patch of Polylepis trees not far from the base of the stairs.  It still took about four passes by this habitat before a Giant Conebill allowed itself to be seen (and yes, photographed).

Giant Conebill (Conirostrum binghami)

modified December 19, 2018