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.
Stephanie works in environmental research in the Triangle region of North Carolina following graduation from the master of environmental management program at Duke University. She enjoys exploring natural areas while hiking, birding, kayaking, running, and practicing photography. Originally from California, where she worked with children as an environmental educator, Stephanie believes in the immense positive influence that outdoor experiences have on a person’s life, and hopes to encourage others to pursue their own connections to nature. View all posts by Stephanie Panlasigui