Guango Lodge 1/undefined by Tripoto

Guango Lodge

Hymakar
On the 3rd day I was acclimatised fully and was ready to get some images of the humming birds. I had to wait for my turn on the multi flash set up, so i was clicked other birds like Flower Piercers, and portrait of humming birds which perched on the branches. As i was walking around in the garden found a path leading to river, I had walked down the river and on the way seen few wood creepers on the top of the trees and also luckily the Torrent ducks with chicks in the river. Walked back in time so that i don't miss my turn of multi flash photography and clicked some good action of Coronets and Incas. Till evening clicked the humming birds on various perches and multi flash and wrapped up the day.
Hymakar
Day has started with my first sighting of Ynca Jay and the I have seen and clicked the first Ant pitta species of the trip the chestnut crowned ant pitta in the morning. After clicking Ant pitta few of us ventured out to Pappallacta which is around 3,300 ASL. Best place to click some landscape images and make time lapse. We saw few birds on the way and also clicked landscapes. After reaching Pappallacta weather got bit rough and could not stay there for a long period. We wrapped up in 60-90 minutes there and returned to Guango, while stopped on the way for an ice-cream. Sounds like a crazy idea to have ice cream in that altitude and weather, trust me it felt super nice. After lunch at Guango got back to the Multiflash and this time Sword-billed humming bird made appearance few times at multi-flash and got some images of action between the long billed bird and the smallest humming bird. After the multi flash action then came the most beautiful bird which gave me a lot of joy in clicking which was a Violet tailed Sylph. Phil used to say that i used to act like a kid in the candy store when i used to see the Slyph. I got my best Sylph shots on the later days at a different lodge.Wrapped up day 4 with some hiking, high altitude activity and multi flash.
Hymakar
Morning woke up to the amazing sounds of birds chirping and singing, which was like music to my ears and was super excited. Had to get ready and have quick break-fast so that we could leave to Guango lodge with was like a few hours drive from Zaysant. I was sick as was not prepared enough for the altitude and weather. (my fault- being over confident of visiting places beyond 4000 MSL and not having any issues ). We reached Guango which was at 2,700 MSL by noon. As I got out of the vehicle have seen lot of humming birds flying all around, they were zipping around like missiles in different directions with amazing speed and perfect manoeuvre. I was rearing to pull out my gear and start clicking. I was feeling much better with few medicines shared by Joe and Don. After lunch got the tripod and the bazookas out and started clicking the birds around the feeders. Before the Multi-Flash set up was ready, i clicked some images of Sword-billed Humming birds, Woodstars, Coronets, Incas etc., Waited for my turn and clicked few species on the Multiflash set up. Multi flash set up is required to freeze the wings of humming birds in flight as normal camera speeds are not good enough to freeze the wings while providing sufficient light and details. By evening i was happy with Day 1 images, as i was tired wrapped up dinner and hit the bed early.