LA PAZ (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (January, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

The Huatajata lake shore is easily accessed in under 2 hours from La Paz (Bs6). Micros leave the cementerio area. Asked to be dropped off at the Inca Utama Hotel. Walk down one of the many of the drive-ways to the lake shore near here and scan the water for Short-winged Grebes. I found they were very easy to spot in this area. Peruvian Sierra-Finch amd Black Siskin were common in the gardens by the lake shore. Any stretch of lake shore or flooded field on the way can be good for water birds. Andean Coots, Andean Gulls and Puna Ibis are common in the area. I saw 17 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
  • Short-winged Grebe Rollandia microptera Photographed
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris Seen between Sorata and Huatajata
  • Puna Teal Anas puna
  • Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
  • Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis Seen in Huarina
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Seen between Sorata and Huatajata
  • Slate-colored Coot Fulica ardesiaca
  • Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens Seen between Sorata and Huatajata
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
  • Peruvian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus punensis Photographed
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis Photographed
  • Black Siskin Carduelis atrata Photographed

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse