Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, and
the Lima Coast

Day 2: 29 June 2006
Cusco, Lake Huacarpay, Ollantaytambo

Our second day in Peru started with a plane flight from Lima to Cusco, where we met Lucretia Tejada. After relaxing at the Hotel Libertador, we headed off toward Lake Huacarpay on our way to Ollantaytambo. There was plenty of enjoyable birding as we approached the lake, starting with some Hooded Siskins at our first stop off the bus, near some marshes not quite at Lake Huacarpay.

Nearby Jay spotted two perched Aplomado Falcons. Here is one of them.

A White-tufted Grebe was one of the many water birds we found at this spot.

Here, too, Jay called in a Rusty-fronted Canastero. While waiting for the canastero to respond, this White-browed Chat-Tyrant came in to perch.

We then birded along the shore of Lake Huacarpay proper, and lunched there too. The spot where we lunched was attractive to several Giant Hummingbirds.

Also present were the ubiquitous Rufous-collared Sparrows.

Walking up the road gave us some views into a mud flat along the shores of the lake. These Yellow-billed Pintails were among the birds hanging out there.

We left the lakes and continued on our way to Ollantaytambo. One particular stop along the Urubamba River was rather productive. We pulled over to scan for Andean Swift, which we did indeed see, but among the many other birds there were also Puna Hawk and this female Torrent Duck.

She was perched on the rocks along side the torrent.

Also present were more Puna Ibis, which we had been seeing all day.

We also had more looks at Speckled Teal.

From there we headed on to the pleasant accommodations at Hotel Pakaritampu at Ollantaytambo.

Our next day would start with a train ride from Ollantaytambo up to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.


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