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ECUADOR 2006

I finally got to visit the private Antisana Reserve - and what a great place it is: along with Giant Hummingbird, many Shining Sunbeams, Tawny Antpitta (perched in a small tree, no-less!), and a rare Andean Siskin in the drier habitat near the first entrance, we saw more than a hundred Carunculated Cararas and Andean Gulls, a few Andean Lapwings, three Black-faced Ibis, numerous Puna (Variable) Hawks, two Black-chested Buzzard-Eagles, and seven Andean Condors up in the wet grassy Paramo, along with three Aplomado Falcons - including this pair right next to the road at almost 15,000 feet: