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160 Seconds on Peru’s Bird Island

Magnificent Frigatebird or Fregata magnificens, on prowl on Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island) near Puerto Pizarro, Peru

.. or the Isla de los Pájaros, one of the most unusual and surreal environments I’ve ever experienced.

Located in the mangrove of Puerto Pizarro Bay in northern Peru, about 13 kilometers north of Tumbes and not far from the border with Ecuador, the Island is home to thousands of birds, some 140 resident and migratory species. Most common on the island are frigatebirds (above), ibises and Great White Egrets. It’s mating season, which means that all the male frigatebirds are puffing out their chests hoping to impress the ladies.  Check it out!

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  1. Anonymous says

    That video is AMAZING! it makes you want to reach out and touch those birds!!! z

  2. ilargia64 says

    I do not think I like so many birds all together!!!! I find it a Little scary!!! May be too many films when I was a Young girl? 🙂 But looking one by one is great

  3. […] 160 Seconds on Peru’s Bird Island […]

  4. […] I spent two nights here in mid-May and was the only non-Peruvian in town. Today it’s mostly a day-trip destination for those exploring the nearby islands and mangroves. If you’re passing through nearby Tumbes, a visit here to check out Bird Island, or Isla de los Pájaros, is well worth the short trip. It’ll likely be among the most surreal landscapes you’ll ever experience. Check out a 160-second video of the island, featuring screeching eager-to-mate frigate birds, here. […]

  5. […] Bird Island (Isla de los Pájaros), a surreal setting in a mangrove near Puerto Pizzaro, Peru. Primarily magnificent frigatebirds, […]

  6. […] Bird Island (Isla de los Pájaros), a surreal setting in a mangrove near Puerto Pizzaro, Peru. Primarily magnificent frigatebirds, […]

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