The northern coastal areas of Columbia are different from the south. One might say that the northern areas are closer to indigenous living and the south more "Spanishy." The music is different up north, having more Caribbean/African influence...commonly heard playing together are accordion, drums (tambor), and flute (gaita). The northern coastal areas definitely have more shacks and less commercial development.
Upon coming down from Perijá, we visited Los Flamencos, a neat coastal reserve. As soon as we exited the van, we were surrounded by birds, starting with a nesting Buffy Hummingbird.
Female Vermilion Cardinal
Slender-billed Tyrannulet with food for nestlings
Vermilion Cardinal male
So nice to have some solid sunlight down here on the coast
Likely a nest down there since he stayed in this thicket so obligingly
Northern Scrub Flycatcher
White-whiskered Spinetail - handsome
Buffy Hummingbird on nest from a different angle
Black-crested Antshrike, female
"Like my hair?"
What's your problem?
And out she comes into the sun to show off her feather dress...
Inside national park - Indigenous people still living
where and how they always have.
Note the gold cap
Glaucous Tanager, juvenile, endemic
Boat ride for tourists
The next five images were actually taken at a lovely lodge named Colores de Sierra Nevada on the way up the mountain for our mountain excursion to El Dorado. Here we transferred to 4-wheel-drive vehicles again.
White-lined Tanager male
White-lined Tanager, female
Pale-breasted Thrush singing
And a few days later after that mountain trip, we came back to the coast to Parque Isla de Salamanca where the following images were captured.
Black-crowned Night-Heron, an old friend
I like the color on this shot
Look closely. He/she's catching a flying insect. Thank you, Wren. I should mention that the whole trip really was remarkably bug-free.
I credit a plethora of birds for that.
Sticks in the way...my life story
Sticks in front
Finally only one small blocking stick
Lineated Woodpecker..very happy with the lighting and proximity I enjoyed with this shot....but I was HOT, hot, hot at this location.
Snail Kite with snail
Cattle Egrets are extremely widespread in our travels, but they don't always look the same in my photos
Karen Palmunen says...
So beautiful! Especially love the vermilion cardinal and the lineated woodpecker.
July 23, 2019
Bonnie Beuning says...
Amazing photography. The birds are awesome…I tried to pick a favorite, but couldn’t!