Since leaving Un Poco del Choco, I’ve continued to snap bugs as we’ve travelled around Ecuador. This first one I’ve yet to identify, but I spotted it on a lamp in Cabanas San Isidro. It was smaller than my little finger nail. Insects and spiders get a bad rap, with many people either scared of […]Read more "Best Bugs"
The Galapagos are a group of islands straddling the Equator, some 560 miles west of the coast of Ecuador (guess where that name comes from). They are most famous for the number of endemic species of animal and as the location for many of Charles Darwin’s observations on HMS Beagle that led to the theory […]Read more "The Galapagos Islands – The Beagle Sails Again"
“The volcano’s erupting! Oh my God, the volcano’s erupting!” This shout awoke me from my soporific snorkel. I realised we weren’t in any danger when our guide Harry, normally quiet, polite and calm, followed this with “You lucky b******s!” Harry grew up on the Galapagos Islands and had only ever seen an eruption once before. […]Read more "Fire on the Mountain – La Cumbre erupts"
One of our favourite day trips from our house near Otavalo was to a rehabilitation centre for injured birds of prey – Parque Condor. Many birds of prey around the world, not just in Ecuador, are persecuted especially by farmers who think they are a threat to their livestock. In some cases, birds that only […]Read more "Parque Condor, Ecuador"
While Pash has been photographing the birds of Ecuador, I’ve been running around with my little Olympus Tough taking pics of insects and flowers. I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable about the flora of Ecuador as Pash is about the birds, so I can’t tell you much, but they are pretty. We spent a day walking […]Read more "Flowers of the Andes"
Here are our favourite bird photos from the first month’s travels in Ecuador. Rufous Motmot – one of the most common visitors to the banana feeders at Un Poco del Choco. The rackets on the tail are not found on the birds on the eastern slope of the Andes. No idea why. Streak-headed Woodcreeper – […]Read more "Ecuador – Birds of the Month"
So this is the blog you’ve all been waiting for. Did we get any big cats? We got plenty of bats…. lots of birds: the White-Throated Quail Dove, Chestnut-capped Brush Finch, and the Rufous Motmot… We had squirrels and opossums… but no cats. And now that we’ve left Choco, no more camera traps.Read more "Catching Wildlife on Camera – Part 2"