“What a gorgeous sighting!” we thought as we clicked on our cameras. No, it wasn’t always birds we were excited to see on our weeklong bird-watching trip.
Our guide, Marcelo Quipo, led us in search of birds, and we did see many wonderful new species. An unexpected bonus – as we walked many miles down trails and back roads in the Andes Mountains near Mindo, Ecuador – were all the other sights just waiting to be photographed. The easiest subjects of all were the glorious plants, and most were new to us.
We never tired of observing the flora around us, and only a call from Marcelo, “Hey, guys, come here! It’s a new bird…,” could pull us away.