Tag Archives: Ecuador

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Chalcostigma herrani)

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Chalcostigma herrani)

One of few high altitude hummingbirds, and not easy to get up close with unless you know it’s favorite specimens of flowering plants in its territory, to which it will return to over and over again. This was the only encounter of my time in Ecuador, albeit from a considerable distance. It sounds like this: […]

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe (Attagis gayi)

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe (Attagis gayi)

I immediately thought of ptarmigans of northern Europe when I encountered this seedsnipe. It is in fact a short-legged wader living on plants and seeds. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 400 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

After an amazing experience with a spectacled bear I was on my way to the main road when I noticed this deer feeding not far from the road. So well camouflaged that I had to repeatedly point to it so the others could see it. Elevation: 4077 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: […]

Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

What an amazing experience it was to see this rare spectacled bear. I spotted it driving to the next destination on my schedule, and could not believe it when I saw this bear high up a hillside. I first tried to walk, but with camera gear adding weight I had to accept defeat and hope […]

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador and here its visiting a brugmansia trumpet flower. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3089 meters Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 320 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae)

At 11 cm (4,33 in) and a long bill its one of the larger species of hummingbirds. It’s commonly visiting feeders throughout its range in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3089 meters Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 320 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)

One of the smallest of the hummingbird species. Both sexes look alike. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3089 meters Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 320 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata)

Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata)

A fantastic experience to have this beautiful bird singing right outside my bedroom. I had hoped to be able to capture it and was hoping it was not frightened by my very slow movements to set up my camera. As often is the case with owls, it was not particularly disturbed, just a couple of […]

White-whiskered Hermit (Phaethornis yaruqui)

White-whiskered Hermit (Phaethornis yaruqui)

A large hummingbird with a distinct hum from its large wings. Its visit to feeders is very brief and sporadic so it’s harder to photograph than many of the other hummers as they patrol their their territory sequentially. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 250 […]

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

The white-necked jacobin is a very common visitor to feeders in Ecuador and is unmissable. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

The female white-necked jacobin lacks the striking blue and white of the male, but as is the case with most female birds their duller plumage is so for a reason – to blend in well with the surrounding during nesting to avoid predation. The white-necked jacobin is a very common visitor to the feeders, but […]

Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)

Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)

One of the larger species of hummingbirds. It’s a common visitor of feeders and gardens in its range in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)

Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)

Capturing a hummingbird perched for a prolonged time is not easy nor predictable as they perch only for brief moments between feeding and squabbling over territory. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 4500 Shutter speed: 1/500 s

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

There’s no mistake when you see the brightly red head of the male, which stands out in the green of the forest. Barbets of both the New and Old World have amazing songs, some with rhythms so precise they might be thought of as machines. This species commonly visits feeding stations where one can enjoy […]

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

Capturing a hummingbird perched for a prolonged time is not easy nor predictable as they perch only for brief moments between feeding and squabbling over territory. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 3600 Shutter speed: 1/500 s

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)

A commonly seen bird in its range in Ecuador, and frequently seen at feeding stations providing fruits. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)

A commonly seen bird in its range in Ecuador, and frequently seen at feeding stations providing fruits. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 2200 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)

Rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)

Capturing a hummingbird perched for a prolonged time is not easy nor predictable as they perch only for brief moments between feeding and squabbling over territory. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/500 s

Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

In most species humanity has named them after traits of the male, but some go for the female, as is the case for the green honeycreeper where the female is green. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1800 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

The female green honeycreeper blends in well with the foliage. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

Capturing a hummingbird perched for a prolonged time is not easy nor predictable as they perch only for brief moments between feeding and squabbling over territory. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster)

Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster)

With the same color combination as the thick-billed euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) it might be difficult to tell them apart on the fly, but as the name implies the difference is the shape of the bill. They are more to the orange than yellow and their vocalizations are also different. As with the thick-billed euphonia it […]

Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris)

Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris)

A brilliantly colored male of the species often seen at feeding stations in its range in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 3600 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

This species looks very similar to chestnut-mandibled and yellow-throated toucans, but as the name implies this species only exists in the Chocó region, the Pacific slopes, of Ecuador and Colombia. As with other toucan species it loves handouts of fruits and is a frequent visitor to feeding stations providing favorite fruits like banana and papaya. […]

Ornate Flycatcher (Myiotriccus ornatus)

Ornate Flycatcher (Myiotriccus ornatus)

Capturing birds in the wild is hard as they rarely get close enough, especially for the smaller of the species like this one. A brief encounter at the San Jorge Eco-lodge Tandayapa. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 4500 Shutter speed: 1/320 s

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

A striking species that, together with toucans, is a frequent visitor to feeding stations serving bananas and papaya. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1400 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii)

Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii)

A beautiful species with a very unique vocalization that adds depth and mystery to the myriads of songs in the forest. Sometimes it will rhythmically move the tail like a pendulum in a clock. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 5600 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

Barbets of both the New and Old World have amazing songs, some with rhythms so precise they might be thought of as machines. This species commonly visits feeding stations where one can enjoy them up close, but their song is heard far and wide and as such you can hone in on them wherever they […]

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

Barbets of both the New and Old World have amazing songs, some with rhythms so precise they might be thought of as machines. This species commonly visits feeding stations where one can enjoy them up close, but their song is heard far and wide and as such you can hone in on them wherever they […]

Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor)

Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor)

My only encounter of the species, and in luck as it was relatively close. Hawks are ambush predators that swoops in on their prey, and we usually locate them by following the agitated calls from its prey, smaller birds, or during their hunt. I located this one by following the agitated calls and flights of […]

Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

In most species humanity has named them after traits of the male, but some go for the female, as is the case for the green honeycreeper where the female is green. A female on this perch would be hard to see against the greens of the forest as she herself is just as green. It […]

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii)

There’s no mistake when you see the brightly red head of the male. Barbets of both the New and Old World have amazing songs, some with rhythms so precise they might be thought of as machines. This species commonly visits feeding stations where one can enjoy them up close, but their song is heard far […]

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

A severely damaged lower mandible with a part missing – perhaps from a fight with a predator. Fortunately the tip of the beak is intact and thus it can grab any food and continue eating like normal, which is to swing the beak fast upwards so the fruit will fly up in the air so […]

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

This species looks very similar to chestnut-mandibled and yellow-throated toucans, but as the name implies this species only exists in the Chocó region, the Pacific slopes, of Ecuador and Colombia. As with other toucan species it loves handouts of fruits and is a frequent visitor to feeding stations providing favorite fruits like banana and papaya. […]

Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus)

Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus)

While I was packing up my gear in the car after a short hike, this lovely parrot landed on this rather flimsy wiring outside a home. As with most species of parrots, this one is also sold and trafficked as a pet, and as such is threatened to become endangered if people are unable to […]

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

A typical posture when in an agitated or exited state. Here I’m level with the bird up in the canopy, which is the best way to see the world as they do. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 560 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Golden-collared Honeycreeper (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)

Golden-collared Honeycreeper (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)

An incredible combination of colors and patterns. Although it will visit feeding stations, I only encountered it one place, and that was here in Mashpi. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1310 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 3600 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster)

Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster)

With the same color combination as the thick-billed euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) it might be difficult to tell them apart on the fly, but as the name implies the difference is the shape of the bill. Their vocalizations are also different. As with the thick-billed euphonia it is a common visitor to feeding stations offering various […]

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

With its green plumage the crimson-rumped toucanet blends in perfectly with the canopy, and can be hard to see. It will happily visit feeding stations and is common in its range, but I only encountered it twice during my visit. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1310 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm […]

Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus flammigerus ssp. icteronotus)

Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus flammigerus ssp. icteronotus)

A juvenile female. The male is all black, except for the lemon-colored rump. A species commonly seen on feeding stations in it’s range in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1310 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 3200 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)

Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)

This species is one of the smallest of the hummingbirds, and weighs just 3 g (0,11 oz) and is commonly seen in Ecuador. This is a male green thorntail, and the largest of the sexes, measuring 10 cm (3.9 in) long. Its small size makes the wings sound like a large bumble bee. It sounds […]

Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix)

Empress Brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix)

A large and brilliantly green species that visits feeders and gardens in its range in Ecuador. Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) feeding while the empress brillian is on its way in to get some more. There is frequently fierce fights around these flowers and feeders, where either size or impudence will grant a sip of nectar. […]

Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni)

Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni)

With its long bill the brown inca is easy to distinguish from other species. It’s frequently visiting feeders and is commonly seen in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1310 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 125 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)

Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)

A common and widespread species frequenting feeders throughout it’s range in Ecuador. The only way to fully capture and freeze the fast moving wings of the hummingbirds is through flash photography, and each exposure is a way to study in detail every adjustment they perform which are too fast and frequent to our eyes and […]

Purple-bibbed Whitetip (Urosticte benjamini)

Purple-bibbed Whitetip (Urosticte benjamini)

I only recall seeing this species here in Mashpi, and am happy I was able to capture it. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1310 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)

Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)

This species is one of the smallest of the hummingbirds, and weighs just 3 g (0,11 oz) and is commonly seen in Ecuador. This is a female green thorntail, the smallest of the sexes, measuring just 7.5 cm (3.0 in) long. Its small size makes the wings sound like that of a large bumble bee. […]

Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii)

Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii)

Most tanagers are incredibly colorful birds, and this is no exception. It’s common in its range in Ecuador and visits gardens with fruiting trees and feeding stations. This is in the cloud forest and the fog comes and goes, and this was shot during a brief window of slightly less fog. Other times the birds […]

Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus notabilis)

Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus notabilis)

A tanager commonly seen eating from fruiting trees in gardens and from feeding stations throughout its range in Ecuador. The image seems dim or foggy, and is exactly what it is as this is in the cloud forest. At times the fog was so dense there was nothing to see – even if it was […]

Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis)

Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis)

My first and only brief encounter of this species, at San Jorge Eco-lodge Tandayapa. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1800 Shutter speed: 1/1250 s

Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus)

Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus)

A brief encounter at the San Jorge Eco-lodge in Tandayapa. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 2800 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus)

Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus)

A male in surveying mode, slowly moving its head to scan the surrounding for any insects it can capture. It can sit like this for a very long time, despite its colorful underside, it’s hard to see when perched. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: […]

Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)

Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)

An amazingly beautiful plumage that is only indicated in this dull, overcast and foggy capture. When Sunlight hits the plumage in the right angle to the viewer it sparkles. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2051 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 3200 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae)

Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae)

As the name implies this is a species of violetear hummingbird with little color, except the violet “ears”. The other violetears are brilliant green. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2051 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 3600 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

Unmistakable with its long violet colored tail feathers, but as with all of the hummingbird’s plumage the colors are brilliant only at the right angle of light to the viewer. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2051 meters Aperture: ƒ/4.5 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 3200 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens)

Buff-tailed Coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador taking a quick rest between sips of nectar. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2051 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 3200 Shutter speed: 1/1250 s

Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

Frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2051 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 2500 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)

Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)

A common visitor to gardens and feeders in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2051 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 3600 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

With its green plumage the crimson-rumped toucanet blends in perfectly with the canopy, and can be hard to see. It will happily visit feeding stations and is common in its range, but I only encountered it twice during my visit. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/4.5 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm […]

Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus)

Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus)

A female in a typical posture, slowly moving its head to survey the surrounding and any insects it can capture. It can sit like this for a very long time, despite its colorful underside, it’s hard to see when perched. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/4 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm […]

Ochre-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula flavirostris)

Ochre-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula flavirostris)

At 10cm (4in) this is one of the smaller species of antpittas. It’s song is very simple in comparison to many of the other species, with just a single note. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2039 meters “] Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1400 Shutter speed: 1/320 s

Chestnut-crowned antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla)

Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla)

The secretive antpittas are heard for the most part and seen only when you patiently and carefully hone in on their location. Even then it will often be their incredibly beautiful and far reaching song that you will carry with you in your heart. Some extremely patient individuals have over time gained the trust of […]

Green-and-black Fruiteater (Pipreola riefferii)

Green-and-black Fruiteater (Pipreola riefferii)

As the name implies this is a fruit eater, and thus also a seed-disperser, yet I’ve never encountered it by any feeding stations. It blends in very well with the foliage, so it’s best notices during flight or vocalizations. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2039 meters “] Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm […]

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

This is such a unique looking species, unmistakable and like no other bird species. I’ve encountered it deep in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela, by the camp near Angel falls, and it’s just incredible to see the orange plumage stand out from the all-green foliage. Getting close to them at a lek, the site […]

Amethyst woodstar (Calliphlox amethystina)

Amethyst woodstar (Calliphlox amethystina)

This species is one of the smallest of the hummingbirds, at just 7.5 cm (3 in) long and weighing nearly 3 g (0,11 oz). It’s commonly seen in Ecuador. Its small size makes the wings sound like a large bumble bee. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: […]

Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

A frequent and persistent visitor to feeders in its range, and at this location in Ecuador I had plenty of of opportunities to capture it. Other species might come just once or twice in several hours. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 160 Shutter speed: […]

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

It’s during flight, or if perched even in a gust of wind, the elegance and beauty of its tail feathers truly come to life as they sway and flash its colors as it moves, hovers or fights of rivals. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: […]

Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)

Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)

A common species in Ecuador, and one I encountered on every location I visited in its range. Parts of its primary feathers seemed to be growing out, yet its flight skills was unimpeded by this. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/160 […]

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

It’s during flight the elegance and beauty of its tail feathers truly come to life as they sway and flash its colors as it moves, hovers or fights of rivals. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 250 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

Unmistakable with its long violet colored tail feathers. The long tail is at its most mesmerizing during flight. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 4500 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus)

Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus)

A brief encounter at at San Jorge Eco-lodge Tandayapa. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1250 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Rufous Antpitta (Grallaria rufula)

Rufous Antpitta (Grallaria rufula)

Many of the antpitta species have incredible vocal abilities, and the rufous antpitta is one of those. They live in dense forests where the reach of sound is severely limited by the dense vegetation. Thus is must deliver sound waves reaching far and wide. Yet, as with many species, it also have tender, mellow and […]

Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae)

Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae)

One of the larger species of hummingbirds and with a long bill to macth. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador. Here it’s visiting one of a large number of species of fuchsia. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

A common hummingbird at higher elevations. These hummers are so small (just 6,5-7mm / 2,55-2,75 inch) their wings sound like bumble bees. This is the male. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 250 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

A common hummingbird at higher elevations. These hummers are so small (just 6,5-7mm / 2,55-2,75 inch) their wings sound like bumble bees. This is the female. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador. Here it’s visiting one of a large number of species of fuchsia. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis)

Black Flowerpiercer (Diglossa humeralis)

As the name implies this is a species that take a short-cut to the nectar by piercing the flower at its base, and with it also circumvents the pollination of the flowers it pierces. Thus the flower is not getting anything in return. This behavior is seen in many species, even some insect species will […]

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador. Here it’s visiting a large inflorescence of a succulent. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

A very frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador and here its presence gave me ample opportunities to get shots from any angle. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Sparkling violetear (Colibri coruscans)

Sparkling violetear (Colibri coruscans)

It resembles the lesser violetear (Colibri cyanotus), but the lesser is distinctly smaller. The lesser violetear also lacks the blue spot on the belly – seen in picture below. A White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant) is rather small compared to the sparklilng violetear. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal […]

Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae)

Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae)

At 11 cm (4,33 in) and a long bill its one of the larger species of hummingbirds. It’s commonly visiting feeders throughout its range in Ecuador. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata)

Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata)

A common and widespread species in Ecuador, and very frequent visitor to feeders. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)

A species of hummingbird that often sits on the flower during nectar probing rather than hovering. Box sexes have the same plumage. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Yellow-breasted Brushfinch (Atlapetes latinuchus)

Yellow-breasted Brushfinch (Atlapetes latinuchus)

A common bird at high altitudes in Ecuador. It has an energetic and bubbly series of vocalizations. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3536 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 6400 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Shining sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis)⠀

Shining sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis)⠀

A fitting name, as in the right light and angle the rump and lower back will truly shine brilliantly in green and purple. In all other angles it seems rather blandly colored. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 2200 Shutter speed: 1/500 s

Yanacocha plant 09 (Geranium sp)

Altitude 3400 metres. Aperture: ƒ/22 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 11 December, 2011 13:27 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Yanacocha plant 09 (Geranium sp)

Altitude 3400 metres. Aperture: ƒ/22 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 11 December, 2011 13:26 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Yanacocha plant 08 (Geranium sp)

Altitude 3400 metres. Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 11 December, 2011 13:23 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Yanacocha plant 08 (Geranium sp)

Altitude 3400 metres. Aperture: ƒ/11 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 11 December, 2011 13:22 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/200 s