Arequipa, a desert city in Peru’s south, has fascinating birds and insects, including impressive hummingbirds. Following are photos and a video compilation from my visits there.
This hummingbird is admiring a vase of flowers on the Katari Hotel rooftop
A duck on a rock in the Chili River
A fly feeding on cactus flower on YES Arequipa’s rooftop
This dragonfly was resting in a YES Arequipa garden
The following photos were taken from YES Arequipa room 201 that looks out onto the street. The doves and hummingbirds probably nested in a nearby tree because the birds rested on adjacent power lines.
The male hummingbird had iridescent throat feathers which changed colour with the angle.
The male’s throat plumage exhibited purple shades when looking straight ahead
Sideways, the throat feathers appear black
The female hummingbird stayed on the power line for longer and was more active while there.
Hummingbird tongues stick out further than their already long beaks
The female hummingbird pointing up to the sky
Preening herself with her open beak
Shaking it all about
The doves didn’t excite me as much as the hummingbirds but it was fun seeing the pair court and they sometimes made interesting noises (see video below).
One of the doves resting on the power line
Following is a video I compiled of Arequipa’s hummingbirds and doves: