Posted by Ian Ausprey on January 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm
I spent the past four months working for a field research project studying the reproductive biology of tropical resident birds in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru (Manu Bird Project). One of our crew members was monitoring the nest of this Lanceolated Monklet (Micromonacha lanceolata) when I took the photo. Monklets make small cavities or tunnels in banks, and this adult was perched about 10m in a tree above its cavity while we checked its nest contents (2 eggs in this case). This was an extremely lucky moment as the species is difficult to detect and is one of the more sought after species for birders at this elevation on the Manu Road.
I took the photo with the Canon EF-400L lens and Xsi body with tripod ~1km above San Pedro on the Manu Rd. in Peru.