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Bird Photography in Peru

Bird Photography in Peru

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 ==== ====For Great Inside Tips On Photography Check This Outhttp://www.photography.winningstrategys.com ==== ====Visitors to the Peruvian coast on photography tours are welcomed by a steady, salt-tinged breezethat comes off the steel-gray and golden panorama that is otherwise known as the Pacific Ocean.The cries of thousands of seabirds and sea lions that fish the rich waters of this dramatic, desertcoast carry over the waves and emanate from the mists that occasionally hang suspended overthe cold Humboldt currents. The scenery contrasts dramatically with a turn of the head as a textured, life-filled sea is replacedby silent sands of the visually stunning Peruvian coastal desert. Plants and animals are replacedby a combination of ridged dunes, rocky outcrops, and lunar-like landscapes that are perfect forPeruvian photography portraits that are mystical and starkly beautiful. This mix of life, landscape, and good lighting makes the coast of Peru an excellent area for bothnature photography in Peru and landscape photography in Peru. Birds to photograph on the Peruvian coast There are a number of photogenic bird species that soar above, dive into, and pose forphotography near the waters of the Peruvian coast. Many occur in large flocks, the following ofwhich are the most emblematic: Humboldt Penguin: Despite being situated so close to the equator, these comical birds are right athome in the cold waters of the Peruvian coast. They also occur off the coast of Chile, but areeasier to see and photograph around scenic Peruvian islands. Threatened by habitat disturbance,some of the best places to photograph them in Peru are at Paracas, the Islas Ballestas, or aroundthe Islas Palomino.Inca Tern: One of the most striking of Peruvian seabirds, the dark gray Inca Tern has a coral-redbill and feet, and what appears to be a long, white moustache! They are easy to see andphotograph as they perch on the craggy rocks and islands that dot the Peruvian coast.Peruvian Pelican: They look like Brown Pelicans but are larger, have a lighter colored head, andmore colorful bill. Like the Humboldt Penguin and Inca Tern, they are also only found in coastalPeru and Chile.Guanay Cormorant: These striking, black and white seabirds with a red eye ring often make goodphotography subjects in Peru because of their tendency to pose on craggy, wave-washed rocks.Red-legged Cormorant: Often seen on islands off of the Peruvian coast, this beautiful cormorantspecies has deep red feet, a yellow and red bill, and a white patch on the side of the neck.Peruvian Tern: The Paracas Peninsula is the best place to go on a Peruvian photography itineraryto get images of this small tern species. There are few photos of this endangered bird and it isfound at few other accessible sites.
 
Chilean Flamingo: Looking absurdly long-legged and long-necked, with pink and white feathers,Chilean Flamingoes make good subjects for photography in Peru. This is especially the case whena flock of these gangly birds are mirrored by their reflection in the glassy waters of the coastallagoons they frequent. The Humboldt Current (or "Why bird photography is so good on the coast of Peru") In one of nature's great ironies, the Peruvian desert can support so few living things for the samereason that the offshore waters are so incredibly rich with life. The cold waters of the HumboldtCurrent aren't warm enough to produce the amount of evaporation needed to make rain clouds butthey are infused with such a huge amount of upwelling nutrients that Peruvian coastal waters areconsidered to be the most productive marine ecosystem in the world. In photography language,this translates into a stunning desert coast bordered by a sparkling sea that hosts massive flocksof photogenic seabirds (as well as good numbers of sea lions). The Peruvian coastal desert for photography Peru is famous for Incan culture, photography of macaws and other jungle wildlife, MacchuPicchu, and the Nazca Lines among other highlights. Because so much of the wildlife photographyin Peru and cultural photography in Peru is found in the Peruvian Amazon or high up in theincredibly scenic Peruvian Andes, many people often forget that Peru has a huge coastal desert. The very dry conditions of coastal Peru made the Nazca Lines possible and have also preservedthem for centuries. Although some Peruvian photography itineraries may include flights abovethese enigmatic glyphs for photography of the Nazca Lines, the stony plains, shadowy ravines,and windswept dunes that are backed by huge distant mountains make for abundant photographyopportunities in the Peruvian coastal desert. Photography at Paracas and Pisco, Peru The Paracas Peninsula is the most prominent peninsula on the coast of Peru and has been setaside as a national reserve to protect the huge numbers of birds and marine wildlife that live in thearea. Located just 120 miles south of Lima, near the seaside town of Pisco, the beautifullandscapes of seaside cliffs, sandy desert, and ocean with distant rocky islands on the horizonmake Paracas a popular destination for photography in Peru. In addition to the abundance of seabirds and occasional sightings of whales and dolphins,Paracas is also famous for a strange, huge, chandelier-shaped series of lines that were scrapedonto a large, sea-facing sand dune. Known as "El Candelabro", they are easily viewed andphotographed on boat trips to the Paracas Peninsula. Such boat tours can be arranged throughtravel agents in Pisco but are included in most photography tour itineraries to Paracas, Peru. Photography at the Islas Ballestas, Peru The Islas Ballestas, Peru are a series of small islands near the Paracas Peninsula that are oftencalled "The "Galapagos Islands of Peru" because of the large numbers of birds and sea lions thatlive on them. Such a huge number of cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and other seabirds of the

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