Picchu, Abra Malaga, and
Lupines decorated the road side, and Mt. Veronica was frequently in view. Veronica rises to 18,000 feet.
Red-crested Cotingas turned out to be relatively common along the Abra Malaga road. Here is a juvenile.
Also common were the Mountain Caracaras. I missed the first one that was spotted by the group, It was soaring along the mountain slopes and drifted up one of the valleys before I could locate it. This one here was a little more accommodating as it was content to feed on road kill in a wide pull-off.
Twice this day, invisibly camoflaged birds were spotted by keen eyes. The first time, it was these Gray-breasted Seedsnipes (among a group of five) that were somehow located.
The second time it was an Andean Snipe.
A Streak-throated Canastero provided nice looks, venturing out occasionally from his rock hide-out.
One of the furnariids that I never did see was the Marcapata Spinetail. The nest of this bird, however, was hard to miss.
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