29 October, 2012

Crossing the Equator

On Sunday, Island Girl entered Ecuador (which means "equator" in Spanish) and migrated another 147 km (91 miles). By nightfall, she had flown to within 54 km (33 miles) of the equator so I expect that she crossed it today.

Island Girl has remained on an inland heading, flying along the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Looks like she followed along a river escarpment (look for the cliffs on Google Earth map not satellite view) until arriving at her roost site at 1,315' in a canyon above the headwaters of the westerly flowing Rio Esmeraldas.

This location marks the north end of the long central valley of the Rio Guayas, the main watershed on the Pacific side of the country.

She is perfectly positioned to slide on down this valley towards Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. This is also where our colleague, Nancy Hilgert, lives. With any sort of luck, Island Girl may hold up around town, perhaps even within reach for Nancy.

Hope you have a camera with a long lens Nancy!

Good luck.

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