Monday, September 14, 2009

White-capped Dipper at Machu Picchu

It is seldom that I visit a place so spectacular that a shortage of birds almost doesn't matter. On my visit to Machu Picchu a few days ago I was hoping to find several birds I'd never seen before, but I saw very few besides the many Blue-and-white Swallows that were nesting there, and the ubiquitous Rufous-collared Sparrow. As our train followed the river for a couple of hours from Cusco, I tried to spy a White-capped Dipper, but not until we had visited the sanctuary and had returned down to catch the train in the town of Machu Picchu did I finally see one in the creek beside the market. A dandy little bird.

Blue-and-white Swallow, parent and young


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