31 October, 2013

Crossing Southern Ecuador

Our falcon flew 141 km (88 miles) on her 41st day of migration. She passed Guayaquil to her west and followed the flat, tropical coastal plain southward until she reached a spot on the main highway (E-25) called Balao. Her roost was 3.4 km (2.1 miles) off the highway. She is definitely is banana country now.

For some reason, this is some of the worst image resolution I have ever seen on Google Earth so I have no idea what she slept on last night. But this photo is typical of the habitat she is moving through, dense tropical forest interspersed with farmland.

It is noteworthy that she is following her usual southern route here and has not ascended into the Andes at this point. She is just below their western front but is still keeping low as she always does here.

She was about 20 km inland from all of the multitude of shrimp farms and mangrove forests located to the west along the Pacific coast.

She is less than 50 miles from the border so it looks like Peru tomorrow and the beginning of another crossing of the Atacama Desert.

The habitat will start to change dramatically for her tomorrow. You can see how it is changing in this photo taken near the Peru/Ecuador border.



Thorn forests.

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