Cotopaxi National Park: March 9, 2008

It's been a brutal winter here in Ecuador, and the heavy rains have caused mudslides, flooding, and serious damage to the country's road infrastructure.  Perhaps the birds have been affected, too.  The other day at Limpiopungo in Cotopaxi National Park I witnessed a Chilean Flamingo feeding along the opposite shore, only many, many kilometers away and meters above its usual habitat.  

I didn't spend much time birding today, as we rode mountain bikes around the side of Volcan Cotopaxi, where there's another smaller but deeper laguna.  We managed to catch a few glimpses of Quilidana, a rocky neighboring peak, before the rain drove us back to the car.

Notable birds seen: Carrunculated Caracara, Chilean Flamingo.

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