hummingbirds! . . . and still cold!
Sachatamia Lodge was high on a hill. It was an impressive timber lodge with a very cosy bar/dining-room and fairly distant, well-spaced chalets for guests. Each chalet was surrounded by forest. There wasn’t much lighting away from the dining room/bar; just the odd, weak lamp.
|Our chalet at Sachatamia Lodge|
|A Yumbo hunter at Sachatamia Lodge|
Our first morning at Sachatamia involved getting up before 06.00 and being ready to start at 06.30. The carpark had a strong light that burned all night, attracting many moths and other insects which landed and stayed on the main pole of the light and on the surrounding bushes. At dawn, birds would come to feast on the unsuspecting insects.
|Green thorntail (a hummingbird)|
|Brown violetear (another hummingbird)|
|Café 'Jardin de Orquideas'|
|White-whiskered hermit (another hummingbird)|
We went back to the same hotel in Quito for a relaxing shower, a very pleasant evening meal, a lovely bottle of red wine – followed by. . . . . another pre-dawn start!
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