Poza Honda Ecuador – I will forever treasure the moment I saw this bird. Minding its own business, it perched on a branch of Cecropria in a small switch-back area between the reservoir and a small waterfall. My eyes were on the gravel road, the downhill route and the upcoming curve. Beside me and in the back of the truck were paintings to be delivered to Museo Portoviejo. I was an hour late, yet when I saw that raptor, I braked to a stop, fumbled for my camera and took several faraway photos. The bird had presence. A strong presence. Perhaps I ‘felt’ the bird more than I first saw it?
I drove a little closer, took more photos and wondered what magnificent raptor was peering back at me. Satisfied with the photos, I resumed my journey and forgot about the bird.
A day later in another area of the country, I remembered the hawk and searched for its identification. Grey-backed Hawk. Endangered Species. Range: Western Ecuador and Northern Peru. Reading the stats brought tears to my eyes. From the IUCN RED LIST: 250-999 Mature Individuals. Continue reading