The paramo shortgrass seems to fill a similar niche as some of the shortgrass prairie of our central west. But the arid appearing paramo was wet enough for a handful of waterbirds to make a living.
Here's a pair of Andean Teal that had found a little collection of water. This is basically as bright as their plumage gets...
Andean Ibis showed a lot better this year; last year we had a couple fly-by's that went over the road and only distant scope views.
The bird in the rear is a young Carunculated Caracara
Finally a montage of Andean Gull, which seems to act like Franklin's but is equally parts Bonapartes, Little, and Black-headed in appearance.