Maria the Giant antpitta

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.

Hummer

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!