|Andean Cock-of-the-Rock peering out from the forest at the lek near Jardin 29 November 2012.|
|Yellow-eared Parrots leaving their roost near Jardin 30 November 2012.|
We were on site at dawn to watch the parrots leaving their roost in the cloud forests above Jardin, a superb experience rivalling the magic moments of the Lear's Macaw roost site in North-east Brazil a couple of years ago.
The parrots were the obvious highlights as they flew across the canopy to their feeding grounds as the sun came up, but there were many other interesting species to see as we birded the cloud forests from the temperate zone down to the upper subtropics.
The race sanguinolenta lives in the wet forests of the western Andes of Colombia and Ecuador and has an almost crimson tone to the plumage; the orangey eastern Andean populations becoming more saturated with red ranging south from Venezuela to northern Bolivia.