Pic of the day no.4

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We’ve taken to spending late afternoons in the garden of the hostel and this beautiful hummingbird has made an appearance each afternoon. It has an amazing call: if you’ve seen Pan’s Labyrinth, just think of the noises the faeries make and you won’t be far off…
The hummingbird appears to be a hugely significant symbol here in Ecuador, not only for indigenous peoples: we’ve seen the bird in several murals and even a church that is built to look like the most giant hummingbird ever!
We haven’t seen much wildlife since coming to Ecuador, though we saw chicks painted blue, green & purple at the Otavalo animal market yesterday (the whole event was an animal rights nightmare!)…as we move to a lower altitude in a couple of days, we hope to see more.

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