Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)

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Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)

When we were in Peru recently we had an exciting day out from Lima, the highlight of which was a short boat trip out of Pucusana Bay which is south of the capital. The trip was in a small fishing boat and once we left the shelter of the harbour, the sea became pretty choppy! The boat trip circles a rocky island which is covered in various sea-birds, the stars for me being these beautiful Peruvian Pelicans (Pelecanus thagus). The boat was rolling around so much that it made photography a real challenge-high shutter speed being vital to freeze all the movement.

This exciting day out is offered by Manu Expeditions Birding & Wildlife Tours-you can read more about it on their website here. The boat trip was a real thrill and I can heartily recommend it!


Many-colored Rush-tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra)

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Many-colored Rush-tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra)

I was delighted to have the chance to get a photo of a Many-colored Rush-tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra) whilst I was in Peru! I first saw this pretty little tyrant flycatcher in Argentina many years ago, before I had a decent camera and had hoped ever since to have a chance to photograph one someday. Whilst staying in Lima, we visited the Los Pantanos de Villa nature reserve which is along the coast just south of the town. This turned out to be a great place to see this reed-bed loving bird, along with lots of other gulls and water birds!

As an advertisement-my colleagues at Manu Expeditions Birding & Wildlife tours offer a day trip out from Lima which visits this reserve, as well as an exciting boat trip around Pucusana Bay-of which more in a future posting!