After lunch, we had until 3 p.m to ourselves, either to walk other paths or just sit on the benches outside the lodge and watch the hummingbirds at the many feeders that Bellavista maintains. We opted for the lazy route, in part because it began to rain. (Aha—now this is a cloud forest.) But since the benches were covered, the rain was gentle, and the hummers didn’t seem to care about the rain, we had a great time and got a number of decent hummer photos. Andrea even sat down with us and helped with the identification of the various species. (I hope I’ve translated that teaching into correct IDs here.)
Below are 2 photos of a Collared Inca. The one in the photo on the right is probably a male, since a female has a lighter or white throat.
Here is an Andean Emerald (on the left). Note the bi-colored bill. (Click on the photo to see a larger version; use your browser’s “back” button to return to this page.)
I think the most interesting species was the Booted Racket-tail. (Some books refer to this species as a Racket-tailed Puffleg. However, it’s a different genus than the rest of the Pufflegs—and Andrea called it a Booted Racket-tail. So I’m sticking with that name.) In these 2 photos you get a close-up of the body and you can see the eponymous feathery white “boots.” These are males; a female would have a lighter chest.
But the boots are only part of the story. This bird also has 2 very long tail feathers, which end in large rounded “rackets.” You can see that tail in the photo below.
Below are 2 photos of a female Purple-throated Woodstar (on the left in the first photo and in the middle in the second photo) and a male Booted Racket-tail (on the right in the first photo and at the top in the second).
And finally, a photo of a Sparkling Violetear (sparkling there on the left) and a Buff-tailed Coronet (on the right). To really appreciate the beauty of the Violetear, you should click on the photo to see the larger version.