|Part of the Pacha Quindi garden; the cleared area is immediately surrounding Tony and Barbara's house|
with regenerating cloud forest hemming it in on all sides.
|Photo from the Pacha Quindi garden.|
A decade or so ago the ridge across the valley (as well as the foreground) was devoid of native vegetation.
|Hummingbirds at Pacha Quindi feeder.|
The stunner centre front, with his back to us, is a male Violet-tailed Sylph Aglaiocercus coelestis;
the rest are Buff-tailed Coronets Boissonneaua flavescens.
|Looking down through epiphytes to the village of Tandanyapa in the valley below;|
Tandanyapa lies almost exactly on the equator.
|Tony Nunnery in his garden - he is a great communicator, passionate, articulate and funny.|
He and Barbara met in Germany (from where she comes) and travelled south through the
Neotropics before settling in Ecuador.
|Unidentified (by me!) orchid along one of the network of lovely walking tracks in the forest.|
(As ever I'd be glad of your assistance.)
One of these tracks leads to a raised and enclosed bird hide facing the forested slope.
|Eighty-eight Butterfly Diaethria anna under the house; named for the wing pattern. |
|Wedge-billed Hummingbird Schistes geoffroyi. An uncommon hummer which sometimes|
(but not always) 'cheats' by puncturing the base of flowers with its awl-like bill to steal nectar.
A regular in the garden.
|Brown Inca Coeligena wilsoni is restricted to the west slopes of the Andes, in Ecuador and Colombia.|
|White-tailed Hillstar Urochroa bougueri, another scarce hummingbird resident at Pacha Quindi.|
This bird regularly roosts on garden implements under the house!