Nestled in misty rainforest along the Madre de Dios river, the Paititi Lodge was a great place to hear and see many bird species in the early morning hours. Feeding on purple verbena flowers, this female Rufus-crested Coquette, a tiny and speedy hummingbird, evaded my camera lens by zooming all around me. She was so small, that a large moth that also sipped from the flowers nearly surpassed her in size. It wasn’t until a week later that I found out that just one of the many photos I shot of her came out! The abundant and diverse birds of the Peruvian Amazon are a treat that I hope to revisit.