And there we have it – a banana loving Tanager, one of our last wildlife treats of our trip to South America.
What an incredible trip we had, with so many breathtaking creatures to amaze us.
You can see more pictures of our trip in the gallery here.
As I said yesterday, a very rare bird spotted while on a fascinating guided walk around the cloud forest. Look at its funny little legs there at the back of its body – it looks like it should fall over. I can only assume this body design is good for foraging about in the forest undergrowth.
This is Maria, the Giant antpitta. We went on a walk through the cloud forest with a local guy who knows them very well (so well he has named them). He gave us a fascinating insight in to what lies hidden in this incredible habitat. This walk was one of the highlight of the entire trip.
Between Maria here and the Yellow-breasted antpitta I will post tomorrow, these are probably the rarest creatures I have ever seen.
Macro photography can often be a window in to a whole new world! This guy was sitting so still for so long I even had time to get my extension tubes out!
I took this at the butterfly farm, not in the wild. That doesn’t take away from the fact that it is staggeringly beautiful!
Back on the mainland now in the cloud forest of Mindo. These guys are like real life ‘golden snitches’ (a Harry Potter thing for the uninitiated). They are magical in the way they buzz around and hover with amazing precision to get the sugar water from the feeders. It is possible to get really close to them, one even checked out my ear for some food but was sadly dissapointed!
And you thought the Penguin was cute!
I don’t know what he’s so smug about – maybe he’s just proud of that chest!
As promised, a Marine Iguana mid snot-rocket – charming!
The most Northerly Penguin in the world – isn’t he cute?