While in Lima we visited the Villa Marshes. Well, we didn't actually visit the marshes as such, just a lagoon behind the beach there. It was quite dramatic with heavy breakers crashing on the beach the spray from which was creating a haze across the scene.
The first sight that we came across was dozens of Inca Terns bathing in the fresh water.
In among them were several Grey Gulls, migrants from the south.
On the gull theme there was a few Franklin's Gulls dotted among the many Belcher's and Kelp Gulls.
Belcher's Gull is interesting as it is the only gull that I know of that only has a black head in winter plumage.
On the lagoon itself there were some interesting birds such as the Andean Coot, Great Grebe (just look at that bill), Ruddy Ducks (the black-headed form) and Cinnamon Teal.
As we were leaving we came across this smart looking Long-tailed Mockingbird.
Good birding in the good company of bird guide Renzo Zeppilli.
|Large Pacific breakers creating a mist|
|A frenzy of Inca Terns bathing|
|Grey Gulls (with a singleadult and asingle juv Belcher's Gull)|
|Kelp and Belcher's Gulls|
|Adult winter Belcher's Gull|
|Juvenile Belcher's Gull|
|Me and Renzo|