The Owlet Lodge is a private conservation area in Abra Patricia, Alto Nieva zone, Peru. The grounds protect the Long-whiskered Owlet, a fist-sized owl that was presumed extinct until it was rediscovered in the area. The protected grounds measure about 25,000 acres and are owned and maintained by ECOAN with private donations (one of the biggest being the American Bird Conservancy) and money made through lodge accommodations on the property. Home to more than 500 species, this property is one of the greatest birding destinations on earth, and many are endemic to Peru. The hummingbirds do not disappoint!
The feeders at the Owlet Lodge attract many hummingbirds. I was able to photograph eleven species here, including the wonderful sword-billed hummingbird, the Emerald-bellied Puffleg and the Collared Inca.
Our second afternoon at the Owlet Lodge we made a trip to Fundo Alto Nieva, another private reserve devoted to conserving the flora and fauna of the local cloud forest. The reserve is set up with hummingbird feeders and it is here I was able to photograph the Booted Racket-tail and the rarely seen Greenish Puffleg. A Royal Sunangel has also been seen at the feeders here, but he did not appear this day. Another excuse to come back to the area.
To see many pictures of all the species photographed at the Owlet Lodge and Fundo Alto Nieva, follow the links to the gallery: