As you know, I live in Lima (Peru).
Lima is the capital of the country, with over 8 million inhabitants and growing without control. People from all over the country come to this city looking for better oportunities and the need of housing makes it difficult to keep the green spaces.
I am trying to find flora and fauna on weekends. I am opening wider eyes.
I found this snail outside my house. Sloooow but hopefully getting somewhere (Reminds me of the past couple of years of my life!!)
These Rock Doves (Columba livia) were not afraid of me. I found them in a small garden in Miraflores and were BIG! I had just a bit of time to duck as they flew over my head... "These humans are so annoying..."
While walking around the Cemetery in Huachipa a few weeks ago, I felt some movement on a tree to my right. As I got closer I saw a bright bill...
It was a Croaking Ground-Dove (Columbina cruziana) nesting! This beauty stood still while I got closer. Didn't make a sound, didn't move, didn't even blink! It looked like a doll, perfectly still... "Hey, I'm part of the tree, nothing to see here!! Keep walking!!"
The next bird, a beautiful lifer! I found on a light lamp in La Molina last week, it is a male Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis). This one bird was VERY loud! The species is a permanent resident to the northwest of the country, but a feral population is now in Lima so, I had the chance to see it here!! The size is of about 12 to 13 cm (4-5 in)
Too bad that my camera is not great, click to enlarge.
The last one was taken today, in a hospital's garden in Surco (I was visiting my grandma)
I like how the Amazilia Hummingbird (Amazilia Amazilia) looks perched on that branch.
I'm opening wider eyes on weekends, and there is nothing but nice surprises!