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COLOMBIA August 2009

From August 23 to 29, 2009, Sheridan Coffey and myself birded central Colombia using Medellin-based birding guide Pablo Flores Valencia click here to email Pablo.

From the moment we commited to this trip, one particular hummngibird was top of my list: the Bearded Helmetcrest Oxypogon guerinii. Thus I was thrilled to have such an intimate encounter with this taxon at Paramo del Ruiz, near Manizales:

This female initially was hunkering down low to the ground during an icy rain shower:

- but once the rain abated she set about her business: