Morning Glory : featuring Cock of the Rock
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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The birdwatchers house
We jumped out of the car and started walking in the rain and pitch black darkness into the forest with only a couple of torches
We were joined by another 'group’ which consisted of two Canadians with a birding guide and another guide who it turned out their job was to book guides in each place the couple went to. She had all her hotels paid for it just all seemed a little over the top to be honest anyway they were proper bird enthusiasts you could just tell. At about 5:45 or 6:00 it was light and we heard the first birds coming in (the very loud squawk told us that)
Anyway we saw lots of them, often obscured by trees, branches and leaves etc, although we did manage to get some half decent photographs, check them out this bird is so strange looking with a tuft of feathers on its head which kind of hides its eyes and beak. Jonathan was taking pictures through the birding scope, we have even started to look like twitchers now I think, I just need a new / grey beard! The birds are beautiful, so brightly coloured and with an odd shaped head they are just so distinctive. By about 08:00 we were all ready to split back to Mindo so we walked the trail back which both downhill and in the light seemed much easier and shorter than it had in the dark, the river crossing was also much easier. Erica edit: Have to mention though that I was savaged again by the huge mosquitos, I managed to get a massive bite on my ear which swelled up in to a hard ball straight away. Add this to the large amounts of sand fly bites that I had got yesterday in the forest and I was one very itchy girl - if I could dispense one word of advice insect repellent would be it.
We got back to town by about 08:30 and had breako at the Descanso watching perhaps the best hummingbird show yet before grabbing our packs and moving on to the ‘Birdwatchers House’, now we are starting to worry ourselves
By the time we got back we were knackered again not surprising considering what time we got up, but our legs were aching so we stopped and had a couple of beers in one of the local restaurants, before walking back and sitting on the porch drinking and reading (with a bag of crisps which contained sachets of Mayonaise inside). We were joined by four lovely ladies from Canada who had done a cruise of the Galapagos and were spending their last few days in Mindo. They wanted a taxi to Quito for tomorrow so we agreed to jump in the back of the truck that we had booked with all the luggage and let them have the seats. The plan was also to stop at the centre of the earth, i.e. the Equator before we head off to Colombia.
Due to the fact the local shop had lots of cold beer we didn’t run out of beer and when the afternoon rain finally calmed to a shower we went for a quick meal and an early night.