Tag Archives: Guango Lodge

Guango Lodge plant 09 (Odontoglossum?)

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Guango Lodge plant 08 (Odontoglossum?)

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Guango Lodge plant 07 (Bromeliaceae)

This is one of the less conspicuous of the Bromeliads. Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Guango Lodge plant 06 (Orchidaceae)

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Telipogon

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Great Sapphirewing (Pterophanes cyanopterus)

A female. Altitude 2706 metres.

Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)

This hummingbird simply defies logic and forces of nature! Despite the enormous length of the beak, it flies just like any other humming bird – except perhaps a bit more tweaking to fit the beak into the flower or feeding port. Altitude 2706 metres.

Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata)

The distinctive, large white chest makes it quite easy to recognize, even for novice birders. Altitude 2706 metres.

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

The small woodstars can be difficult to classify, but the first is to eliminate by range, as well as to look in the local birdlist. In this case only the Gorgeted and White-bellied Woodstar is registered, and it’s the color white that in this case settles it. This is the female. Altitude 2706 metres.

Pale-naped Brush Finch (Atlapetes pallidinucha)

I didn’t get a good look at its back during my short stay here (nor did it fly out in the open light), so you can only see a hint of white on it’s hind crown. Altitude 2706 metres.

Erato polymnioides

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Erato polymnioides

A vital and dominant plant with large leaves that effectively support its growth while suppressing that of the smaller plants in close proximity. Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata)

As the name implies this duck resides in fast flowing rivers. It’s an incredibly powerful swimmer and swims upstream as if it’s flying. I wonder how it manages in the rainy season when the water level is at its highest. This is the male. This is the female. It’s awesome to see how they dive […]

Thalictrum podocarpum

Altitude 2700 metres.

Thalictrum podocarpum

A very “flimsy” and widespread infloresence where the flowers hang like constant moving bells. Altitude 2700 metres.

Mountain Wren (Troglodytes solstitialis)

The small birds are mostly heard and not seen, and even when seen they are only seen “in-parts”, as they are only visible in small holes in the dense undergrowth in which they live. Photographing them is a real challenge as it’s hard to focus on the tiny body and not the vegetation. The Mountain […]

Gynoxys sp

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Gynoxys sp

Yet another wild flowering plant that should make its way to parks and gardens, as you’re richly rewarded when it’s in bloom. I found it close to the bridge crossing the river Papallacta. Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Guango Lodge plant 03

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Guango Lodge plant 01

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Shanshi (Coriaria thymifolia)

Grows widespread in high altitudes, and I saw it in all stages from pre-bloom to ripe fruits like here. Looks like licorice, but don’t be fooled! The berries are toxic to cattle and hallucinogenic to humans. Supposedly one of the experiences is the feeling of flying or floating! Better stay firmly on the ground then, […]

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

The small woodstars can be difficult to classify, but the first is to eliminate by range, as well as to look in the local birdlist. In this case only the Gorgeted and White-bellied Woodstar is registered, and it’s the color white that in this case settles it. This is the male. Altitude 2706 metres.