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Sandra Patino - (Bird of Paradise Tours/Mindo Ecuador)

Sandra  Patiño – (Bird of Paradise Tours/Mindo Ecuador)

(Mindo/Pichincha/Ecuador) -Observing the day of October 08 to acknowledge our feathered neighbors on this planet, the Mindo Bird Guide Association (Asociación de Guías Naturalistas de Mindo) partnered with local, national and international sponsors and hosted their second Bird Fair.   Of course I jumped at the opportunity to participate, starting at dawn yesterday, October 08!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarly-birders gathered for a dawn bird trek, and depending on which birds we hoped to see, our groups split in different directions.    I shadowed my friend Sandra Patiño, who guided us along a high ridge where hummingbirds, barbets and toucanets shared the spotlight while toucans and pygmy tyrants provided the live soundtrack!

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Look! There! Sandra located birds by sight and by sound. She delighted in showing us the 'macho' Red-headed Barbet.

Look! There! Sandra located birds by sight and by sound. She delighted in showing us the ‘macho’ Red-headed Barbet.

Red-headed Barbet

Red-headed Barbet

A toucanet stopped in to greet us!

A Crimson-rumped Toucanet dropped in to greet us!

Stunning cloud-forest scenery surrounds Mindo.

Stunning cloud-forest surrounds Mindo.

Two groups merged at the end of the treks!

Two groups merged at the end of our treks!

We were transported to Hosteria La Roulotte, where the rest of the event was hosted.   Over 100 birders enjoyed networking, listening to the great cast of speakers and interacting with like-minded people.   (The sponsors and speakers deserve their own post…)

Update: The new owners of the property (See that post HERE) arrived almost two weeks ago, and I have weaned into a studio apartment in Mindo.     The Bird Fair event deserves several posts, so as I unpack and sort through a chaos of hurriedly-placed boxes, I look forward to sharing more of the Bird Fair stories – and side stories!

It feels good to be back!   More soon!

Lisa/Z

 

 

 

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