• Colombia 2018 - Bogota area

    Colombia is topographically unique, home to where the magnificent Andes mountains, having traveled the entire length of South America on the west side, finally end by dividing into three finger-like ranges which finish near the northern coast.  These "fingers" of mountains along with their valleys make for a treasure trove of habitats in low and high places alike, and THAT makes for a great adventure offering us many miles of beautiful countryside in the pursuit of beautiful birds.
    We felt so lucky to spend 18 days in Colombia in the care of our  wonderful guide, Juan Cardona. I hope you enjoy these next blogposts about our priceless experience there.
    Yellow-hooded Blackbird
    We started around Bogota at La Florida Park where there were wetlands to explore. Elev. 8200 ft.
    Spot-flanked Gallinule and Greater Yellowlegs

    Bare-faced Ibis

    Greater Yellowlegs

    Tropical Kingbirds displaying

    Tropical Kingbird perched

    Smoky-brown Woodpecker

    Striated Heron

    Subtropical Doradito
    Apolinar's Wren
    Apolinar's Wren
    Bogota Rail
    Bogota Rail
    Great Thrush
    Lovely vegetation
    Leaving Bogota we stopped at Enchanted Garden, an inn with an impressive array of hummingbird feeders.
    Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
    Black Mango female
    Black Mango female
    Sparkling Violetear
    Sparkling Violetear
    Indigo-capped Hummingbird
    Sparkling Violetear
    Indigo-capped Hummingbird
    Sparkling Violetear
    Black Mango female
    Sparkling Violetear
    Indigo-capped Hummingbird
    Black Mango male
    Black Mango male
    Saffron Finch
    Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
    Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
    Gorgeted Woodstar female
    Gorgeted Woodstar male
    Black Mango female
    Black Mango male
    Ruby Topaz
    Ruby Topaz
    Ruby Topaz
    After this, we headed for Rio Claro Natural Reserve where Toucans and Tanagers awaited us. Stay tuned.
  • Comments on this post (7 comments)

    • Rebecca Patterson says...

      Oh, Carol, these are wonderful! I’m really enthralled by the hummers, the Black Mango in particular. His long.wings and neck are so unusual.

      May 02, 2019

    • Rachelle says...

      Sparking Violetear!! Wow!

      May 02, 2019

    • Carol Clayton says...

      Beautiful as always. So much joy in your pictures

      May 01, 2019

    • Carol Blackard says...

      I love it when you guys pick favorites. It helps me decide which ones to make available as digital downloads, prints or mugs.Thanks for enjoying with me!!

      May 01, 2019

    • Bonnie Beuning says...

      Such a variety of hummingbirds! I can’t pick a favorite, but am fascinated by the Violetear’s swept-back feathers near his eye, at least in one photo.. The scruffy head of the Ruby Topaz gives him a rather endearing look. Terrific photos. .

      April 30, 2019

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