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Conference Birding in Lima: desert city birding and a hilltop jewel heist 6-10 May 2

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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 09:30   #26
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Very glad I went for it too Temmie, and the big regret was not to spend more time up on top.

Here's a couple of landscape pix from around 4,000- 4,600m

1. train jam of the road
3.WB Cinclodes Valley
4.mountain lake

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Greater China: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, European Golden Plover, Glossy Ibis (973)
Lifer: Many-Coloured Rush Tyrant, Diademed Sandpiper Plover

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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 11:01   #27
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Wow that 3rd pic in particular brings back memories of that amazing place.
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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 12:06   #28
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Love the landscape shots - what a place.

Can't see the birds for the trees!
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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 12:14   #29
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Fantastic indeed (not to mention the birds!).
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Old Friday 31st May 2019, 14:43   #30
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Excellent report

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You might indeed Jos!

Best of all, as we covered the final corner of the mossy bog, and the whole reason for this dash to the roof of Peru was a breathtakingly wonderful family party of four Diademed Sandpiper-Plovers. One of the birds I’ve wanted to see ever since I got the first edition of Shorebirds in the late 1980s, I was gutted to get within 50km of a site last year in northwest Argentina’s altiplano without having the chance to look for them. But there they were – calmly feeding about 25 metres away – similar in size to a Pectoral Sandpiper, with grey upperparts, a broad chestnut nuchal collar, a tattler’s finely-vermiculated underparts, yellow legs, a square steep-fronted head with a grey crown, black face, white throat and it’s diadem - an elegant white supercilium that angled down from the forecrown above the downcurved black bill.

The juveniles were less distinctive – with a chestnut and black-speckled back and upper breast, a grey rather than black face, no collar, a less clearly marked belly and a fainter diadem. They were also less wary, coming considerably closer as they fed amongst the pincushion moss. As amazing as the Many-coloured Rush Tyrant was it just couldn’t compete with the combination of thirty plus years of dreaming and the incredible setting of a 4,600m high marsh surrounded by peaks reaching 5,000 and beyond!

Great sightings, we missed the Sandpiper in Peru some years back, hoping to get to Chile next year to try again.
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Old Saturday 1st June 2019, 12:32   #31
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You bugger, Mike. I did the run up to the Ticlio Bog a few years ago. Got the sandpiper-plover and the cinclodes, but was absolutely slaughtered by the altitude, so we couldn't stay up there long enough to get the seedsnipes. That's a family that still eludes me.

But seriously, great report and as usual spectacular pics. And the Swallow-tailed Gull at Villa is a real goodie!

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Many thanks everyone - it really is a great spot.

I was a bit wobbly myself looking for the DSP Jeff, and am grateful the seedsnipes were right by the roadside as I’ve experience with altitude sickness myself in the past.

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