Monday, October 08, 2007

Cerveza del Cielo

We emerged from the jungle into the late afternoon light, air made hazy by the woodsmoke hanging on the humidity. The birds were beginning to stir as the day cooled slightly. Our first view of Manco Capac upon our return was from across the village soccer field.

Next to the sidewalk that divided the village down the center two small boys worked at shelling some beans on a tarp on the ground.

Young boys in Manco Capac shelling beans.

The villagers were nearly all sitting out on the front stoops of their houses. They sneaked curious glances at us as we passed--the kids being less shy about staring. A friendly "¡Buenas tardes!" spoken to the villagers always garnered a happy "¡Buenas!" in return.

Families were on the front stoops trying to catch the first bit of cool the evening had to offer.

After our long walks on two consecutive days, sitting down in the shade to drink a cold one felt like some kind of salvation. The bar owner smiled at me when I told him "¡Muchas gracias, señor! Este es una cerveza del cielo!" Thank you sir. This is a beer from heaven!

"¡Otra vez mas, por favor!"

Hooded tanager, a bird that could be on every yard list in Manco Capac.

This parakeet loved this little boy. They kissed each other. He brought it out very shyly to show the bird watchers that he loved birds, too.

The children in the village giggled and gasped as they looked through our spotting scopes and binoculars.

I wish Phoebe and Liam could have met these sweet kids in Manco.

Just before reboarding the skiffs for El Delfin, Chris Harbard and I took a picture with our guides from Manco Capac.

The skiffs were waiting for us down below.

As we headed back to our big boat and all its comforts, the macaws played in the failing light.

It was the end of another amazing day.


At 5:50 AM, Anonymous anne said...

Thanks for more great pictures, Bill. I LOVE that one of the little boy with his little parakeet.

At 6:28 AM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

How many serious birders would set up a Swarovski scope, lower the tripod practically to ground level, and let a bunch of little kids play with it? Sharing is what you're all about, B. This is a hot, sweaty, sweet post.

At 7:07 AM, Blogger Jayne said...

They will be talking about those views through the scope for years to come I'd bet. :c)

At 8:58 AM, Blogger dguzman said...

Great pic with that boy and his parakeet!

Just think--you might have inspired the next generation of guides down there!

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything is relative, isn't it? I had thought your "big boat" was rather spartan. After the last few days, I'm sure it did take on an air of great comfort.

What a treat you have given us. We have loved every step of the journey, most especially the great shots with the children.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Mary said...

I had the same feeling when I read generous you are with the children. Your photos show your enthusiasm and THEIRS.


At 9:05 PM, Blogger KatDoc said...

Bill = Really Nice Guy The photo of you with the kids tells the whole story.

That little boy with the parrot looked so cute. What a sweet picture.


At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Dallas said...

Tell us a little more about the pet parakeet situation - it is a fabulous picture.
Are birds raised for pets? for export? Are they just hanging around available for a friendship with an attentive child?


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