Tag Archives: Paracas

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)

There are many hotels very close to the nature reserve in Paracas, and here you will see many birds close to the hotels. As there are no trees here, many like to perch on the poles set up by humans. It sounds like this: These terns rest right outside the DoubleTree Resort where I stayed […]

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

The entire coastline of Peru is a desert, but the cold and nutrient rich ocean is rich with fish due to the cold Humbolt Current. Thus the coast was once teaming with sea birds like these royal terns. Due to human activities the marine birds have become fewer and farther between, and breeding grounds previously […]

Peru Pacific Iguana (Microlophus peruvianus)

The coast of Peru is a desert, and fresh water is only available from springs or rivers fed by the Andes. This lizard was far from any such resources, so I find it incredible it can live here by the ocean. Perhaps it can get sufficient water from the insects it catches on the beach […]

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

A few places rock of unusual colors come up to the surface on the beaches of Peru, and here an entire beach is red by this rock. It has become so popular with tourists and commercial interests that it is now illegal to collect any from the beach. This migrant bird is of course oblivious […]


The only feature in a desert like the coast of Peru is that of coloration of the sand or rock, and in some places the shapes of the landscape as is seen here. Here the wind and sun rule, as there is no rain to shape the landscape. On the beach you can see 3 […]

Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvilliorum)

This has become a more uncommon species, and even here around havens like the Ballestas Islands in Peru I saw only a few individuals. None with chicks as I did with the equally uncommon red-legged cormorant. Aperture: ƒ/10 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1600 Shutter speed: 1/1600 s

South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens)

Ballestas Islands off Paracas in Peru is one of very few protected areas of the Puruvian coast, and it’s teaming with life. This group of sea lions seems to relax and enjoy each others company. That is except one. For some reason this individual is snapping at one or more seals. I did not find […]