|Photoblog - Colombia 2012-2013 - lowlands|
Most of Colombia is actually in the Amazon, but not many people live there and many areas are not controlled by the government and are not safe. One exception is the town of Leticia in the southernmost corner, but I have yet to visit there. Another lowland area is the pacific coast, which is now opening for tourism. I hope to visit there soon. On this trip I stopped in the Magdalena valley, a largely deforested valley between two chains of the Andes, at the ProAves El Paujil reserve.
The White-tailed Trogon is the western version of the Green-backed Trogon, which is found in the Amazon. This is a female; trogons are naturally unafraid and/or uninterested in humans and often allow close approaches, to within a few meters. This photo could use a removal of that white bar above the bird, and better eye contact.
The White-necked Jacobin, one of two Jacobin species, is a common lowland species. This is a male.
The Long-billed Starthroat is an enigmatic species with a wide distribution, but not common anywhere. At a research station in Costa Rica called Tirimbina, I photographed one, and it was the first record of that species there.
A female Crimson-crested Woodpecker. This species and the Lineated Woodpecker share roughly the same range and seem to have the same behavior. I wonder if there is a niche this species and/or the other occupy.