Day 14 – At the Finca Palmonte

Near Baños we spend two days in an evergreen montane forest at about 1400 meters altitude.

Here we meet, among others, Fausto Recalde from the EcoMinga Foundation. We talk about the consequences of climate change in the Candelaria Reserve.

In the immediate vicinity of our accommodation we discover a fascinating diversity in fauna and flora.

A Booted Racket-tail uses the sugar water supply at the hummingbird feeder.

Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii)

In the garden of the Finca Palmonte Miriam continues making audio recordings – here of hummingbirds coming to the watering place.

We can observe the group courtship display of several Andean Cock-of-the-rocks (Rupicola peruvianus) in the cloud forest near Finca Palmonte.

Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

The Glasswing Butterfly (Greta oto) is one of the very few butterfly species that have transparent wings, except for the borders of their wings.

Glasswing Butterfly (Greta oto)

The biodiversity of orchids is astonishing. From very small…

Maxillaria striata

… to large.

Dirk takes further panoramic photos showing different forms of land use and habitats. On the right original primary forest (cloud forest), in the foreground agricultural use, in the background secondary forest.

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