Chontal, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
of the most fascinating of all neotropical birds, the oilbird is a
noctural fruit-eating bird that nests and roosts mainly in caves. They
use echolocation both while navigating in dark caves and while out
foraging at night. These photos were not taken in a cave, but in a very
narrow, deep ravine. In the middle of the day here, enough light
filters down that you can actually see the birds extraordinarily well.
This photo was digiscoped in natural light; no flash was needed. It
shows an adult bird with two juvenile birds next to it, presumably its
own young. This site is protected by the Morales family and located
about an hour and half drive from the Tandayapa area. Please email me
if you want more details on how to get there. (D3)