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In the cloud forests on the western slopes of the Andes, near the town of Mindo, Ecuador is Las Tangaras Preserve. In July 2007 we spent almost two weeks volunteering on a bird ecology study there. The project is sponsored by LifeNet and is the work of Dr. Dusti Becker with the help of two Ecuadorian assistants and small groups of volunteers. As the days were spent working with mistnets, hummingbird feeders and data collection, our photography was of the project. The highlight for us was getting to photograph and record sound and behavioral notes of the Andean Cock of the Rock at an almost vertical mountainside lek. Here is a sample of the 169 species seen and/or heard during the session at "The Tanagers."

Banding Station

Las Tangaras Chalet

Mauricio Torres & Pascual Torres - research assistants

Crimson-rumped Toucanette

Andean Cock of the Rock

Andean Cock of the Rock

Red-headed Barbet male

Red-headed Barbet female

Rufous Motmot

Strong-billed Woodcreeper

Glistening Green Tanager

Metallic Green Tanager

Green-crowned Brilliant immature

White-necked Jacobin

Sparkling Violet-ear

Booted Raquet-tail

Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner

Green-crowned Woodnymph

Dr. Dusti Becker

The Cloud Forest

Linda & Robert Scarth


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