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New Gallery: Ecuador

Dear all,

I’m glad to show you the Ecuador Gallery, where you’ll find a big amount of hummingbird photos as well as of other birds and animals we were able to photograph while we were there.

Near 1600 bird species can be seen at Ecuador. We only visited a small portion of the country and despite of the fact we saw so many birds, we were far away from the total figure.

The itinerary we did included:

Mindo, where we visited different places and stayed at different hotels: Yellow House, San Tadeo, Refugio Paz de las Aves and Las Cotingas, among others.

From this area it’s important to highlight the big amount of hummingbirds we were able to see, the antpittas and the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock that we saw and photographed at two places: at El Refugio Paz de las Aves and at Las Cotingas.

The area at the East of Papallacta Pass, where we also stayed at two places to visit a different biotope: Guango and San Isidro lodges.

Both places had a big number of hummingbird feeders and, due to that, we were able to photograph with no problem the species that surrounded them. In Guango Lodge we were able to enjoy the Sword-billed Hummingbird”, a hummingbird which bill is as big or even bigger than its body.

In San Isidro we were able to photograph their “jewel”, the San Isidro Owl (Strix sp.), which is being researched to determine if it is or not a subespecies of the “Black-banded Owl (Strix huhula).

Then we moved a bit backwards (we were forced to modify a bit the original route we would like to do to accommodate it to the availability of the 2 lodges above), till Bellavista (near Mindo), were we stayed at the Tandayapa Bird Lodge, where there are different kind of feeders so the different birds visit them and they can be easily be photographied.

Last but not least, we went to the Cuyabeno Reserve, where we stayed at Caiman Lodge.

We saw some primates, the amazon dolphin and an important number of birds there.

Luis, our guide, demonstrated he was a wise indigenous man and an amazing expert in the area.

See you soon!

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New Gallery: U.S.A.

On July this year I have visited some of the Natural Parks of USA at the estates of Arizona, Utah and California: Grand Canyon, Horshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches NP, Brice Canyon NP…

The main goal was to take landscape photographs but on the last 2 days we did a short trip to Monterrey and San Simeón areas (California) to take some fauna photos: seals, sea lions, sea otters and elephant seals.

I have enjoyed the experience and the landscape so much, and I wish you can notice this fact at the photos of the new gallery: U.S.A., that you can visit from now on.

I hope you like them.

Many thanks to all of you that spend some moments looking at my photos.

See you soon!

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New Gallery: Bolivia

From now on, you can visit the gallery about Bolivia.

In Bolivia we visited from one hand the Altiplano area (Uyuni Salt Lake and the Eduardo Avaroa Natural Reserve) and from the other the Madidi rainforest. Two really oposite climates.

The Uyuni Salt Lake is the biggest salt lake of the world. As a curiosity, it is used to calibrate the satellits.

Within the Uyuni Salt Lake there is the Incahuasi Island… a ground island in the middle of a no-end sea of salt. Milenary giant cactus cover this island, in contrast with the sorounding landscape.

The Eduardo Avaroa Natural Reserve is full of lakes of different colors… it is curious the colors they have due to the minerals found there. We can found 3 different flamingo species in these lakes (3 out of the 6 that exist worldwide): James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi), Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus) and Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis). The nicer and most common ones when we were there were the first ones I mentioned.

In this small area of the world we can also find some samples of volcanic activity: Ollagüe vulcan, Licancabur vulcan and “Sol de Mañana”, a boiling muds area, similar to those I saw in Islandia, among others.

Madidi is totally different. The rainforest is full of life, but it is quite difficult to see it and even much more difficult to take photos of the animals. The woods high and the amount of vegetation are the main reasons. The mammals are scare and run away from the humans (till few years ago, humans hunt them, and nowadays there are still some furtive hunters). At night it is easier to see the small animals: frogs, spyders… specially with the help of a good guide if he knows the sounds of the animals.

I hope you enjoy this photo selection.

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New Gallery: Pantanal

From now on you can visit the new gallery about the Pantanal, in Brasil.

Unfortunately we suffered a cold season, longer and stronger than usual for those lands and nearly all animals dissapeared for some days. What should be full of life… was nearly died! Finally the sun came back and the situation changed.

I hope you like this photo selection.

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