PERU 2011: The Coast

Crossing the dunes
Our September 2011 Peru trip started with a day of birding along the coast south of Lima. This was an excellent opportunity for shorebirds, seabirds, waterfowl and even coastal/marsh passerines. 
Courting Great Grebes

A pair of Great Grebes courted in one of the small ponds amid the dunes. Cinnamon Teal and Andean Coots were also found. The marshes were also home to Many-colored Rush-tyrants and Wren-like Rush-birds.

Coastal Miner

Coastal Miners were seen digging in the sand while the Surf Cinclodes preferred the rocky shorelines. From the rocky shorelines we also enjoyed Humboldt Penguins, Red-legged and Neotropic Cormorants, Inca Terns, Peruvian Pelicans and a wonderful surprise… a Southern Giant Petrel!

Snowy Plover
Whimbrel
Blackish Oystercatcher
Gray Gulls
Along the beach we walked among many shorebirds including Sanderlings, American and Blackish Oystercatchers, Whimbrel, beautiful Gray Gulls, Kelp Gulls and Belcher’s (Band-tailed) Gulls.
Photos and Text © Kevin Loughlin

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