Out of the Jungle

Oh goodness how two and a half months in the jungle just flew by. I can’t believe its done! and i just got to the city and miss the jungle already!

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I’m not sure if i had described where i was to all of you yet, but it was amazing. The site i was at for the past three weeks was called Wayqecha, a cloud forest reserve located along Manu Road at an elevation of about 2900m, or 10,000+ ft. We actually didn’t live at the lodge located there, but camped about 25min up Manu Road in another area.

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Like my tent? Fyi it is not flood proof, so i learned the hard way. Lol. It rained pretty nasty the last few nights we were there and i am happy to be out of it and in a building to sleep! Though i do miss the pitter patter that helped me sleep, the lightning and thunder not so much. Anyhow, most of the hummingbird work i did was on trocha picaflor, a trail down near the lodge that was filled with tons of hummingbirds and their favorite plants, the oreocallis grandiflora.

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Aren’t those flowers gnarly looking? They were interesting to say the least! Anyhow, i spent most of my time working in this area, monitoring mist nets to remove the hummingbirds and any other birds that might have gotten caught.

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Doing this kind of work calls for very long days, but it’s all worth it in the end when are catching birds that look like this:

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That is a colibri coruscans, commonly known as the Sparkling Violetear. Another of my favorites was the agelaectis cupripennis, aka the Shining Sunbeam.

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Of course every bird was beautiful in its own way, even the ones that weren’t hummingbirds!

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Fruiteater

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Mountain trogon

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Scarlet breasted mountain tananger

I couldn’t help but squeal every time i saw a new bird, every time i got to hold a new species, and every time i knew it might be my last. Some of these birds can be very rare! I did a count before i left Wayqecha station and in two and a half months in the forest, mostly concentrated on hummingbirds mind my birder friends, i saw 117 different species. For someone that didn’t take any real time to bird on the side, that’s a lot of species! Too bad in Peru there are over 1,800 species of bird! Yikes! I’m obviously way behind!

Anyhow, it was great working at Wayqecha station with the other bird crew that is doing mist netting also, along with some metabolic testing. I’m going to miss them and others who came and went throughout my duration at this station and the other at San Pedro, Cock of the Rock Lodge!

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Hopefully I’ll be able to see everyone again, who come from all over the world including England, Columbia, Peru, France, Canada, and various U.S. states. I’ve now got people to help me travel the world!

So goodbye cloud rainforest, hello Cuzco and Machu Piccu soon!

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4 Responses to Out of the Jungle

  1. Amy Lauren says:

    I love your pics! They are so pretty, especially those of the birds. Plus it’s so neat you were able to make friends from all over the world and do something completely out of your comfort zone. I’m sorry it had to end, but maybe you can travel and visit your friends :). Glad to hear from you too!

  2. I am so proud of you! What an incredible experience, and how amazing that you were able to see that many species of birds. All good things must come to an end, but you will take with you some fantastic memories and I can’t wait to hear more about your vacation! Thinking of you!

  3. Krista says:

    Those birds are SO pretty! The flower….not so much. I like the colour but the shape of it reminds me of a spider!! LOL Glad to hear that you’re doing well, Melissa!

  4. Wow, what a great experience. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful birds!!

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