Blackbirds have replaced ducks in our now peaceful back garden. At least we don't have to feed them!
Five months after returning from Ecuador, I have finally managed to edit all my wildlife photos from the trip and upload some of them onto this site. The week-long photography blitz yielded 158 new birds for me, plus various exotic insects, mammals and reptiles, all made possible by my expert guide: Marcelo Arias. His expertise and reliability all lived up to Trip Adviser reviews.
Marcelo picked me up from the Quito airport and from that moment on, he spent almost every daylight hour with me, driving at breakneck speeds from place to place then trudging through rainforest...
Norma, Andreas and Isaac in the dining area at Rubby Hostel, Mindo. This was my base for the week and I couldn't fault it. Norma will cook you anything you like, even a full English breakfast. For just $15 a night, you get an en-suite room with a balcony overlooking rainforest, and that includes breakfast!
With a White-winged Black Tern reported at Leighton Moss, and Arctic Terns mingling with Common Terns at Preston Dock, Eddie and I rose to the challenge of photographing all three species today. With other surprises thrown in, the day soon terned into a classic... (Gosh that was rubbish, I hear you groan).
Our trip to Leighton Moss also yielded a Med Gull, a distant view of Egyptian Geese and a few tantalising glimpses of Cettis Warbler. Yep, glimpses, not just a noisy earful from deep cover.
Not a bad day, but it wasn't over yet...