Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Birds & Butterflies

Bird watching is quite popular in Ecuador.  If what I read is correct, there are more than 1600 species of birds in Ecuador which is almost twice the number of species in all of North America.  Not bad for a country the size of Nevada.  Bird watching isn't one of my hobbies but no matter, when a few of these show up close by and you have a camera, you just have to take a photo!!

I found a website that has photos of 107 species of hummingbirds in Ecuador.  Here is one of them...no idea what brand though!

Someone has tied a bunch of ripe bananas in a tree as a bird attractant.  It works.

This photo was at an outdoor restaurant where we were having breakfast.  A waiter started laying peeled bananas on stands around the premises and birds came from all over for their morning snack.

Hummingbird nest.

Butterfly species outnumber the birds as there over 4000 species in Ecuador.  We were able to photograph about 1/1000 of the lot. 

If you want to make friends and get an up-close-and-personal visit, smear some overripe banana on 
your finger and they are very accommodating.

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