Birds Reclaim Peru Beach as People Remain Under Lockdown

World | | April 1, 2020, 11:14 am
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 Thousands of birds flock to Agua Dulce beach now largely absent of beachgoers in Lima, Peru. The birds began swarming the empty shores since Peru's president declared a state emergency and ordered people to stay home to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Peru confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 6. (Image: AP)
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Thousands of birds flock to Agua Dulce beach now largely absent of beachgoers in Lima, Peru. The birds began swarming the empty shores since Peru's president declared a state emergency and ordered people to stay home to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Peru confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 6. (Image: AP)

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 Agua Dulce beach is usually a sea of humanity, packed with as many as 40,000 people a day at the height of Peru's Southern Hemisphere summer, which runs from December to March. (Image: AP)
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Agua Dulce beach is usually a sea of humanity, packed with as many as 40,000 people a day at the height of Peru's Southern Hemisphere summer, which runs from December to March. (Image: AP)

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 The new coronavirus pandemic has changed all that. Peru's President Martín Vizcarra declared a state of emergency as deaths began to mount and ordered people to stay home, largely emptying the beach of people. (Image: AP)
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The new coronavirus pandemic has changed all that. Peru's President Martín Vizcarra declared a state of emergency as deaths began to mount and ordered people to stay home, largely emptying the beach of people. (Image: AP)

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 The half-mile-long (kilometer-long) strip of grayish-brown sand 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of central Lima is normally a haven for the working classes, a place where visitors from the Andean highlands first dip a toe in the sea. (Image: AP)
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The half-mile-long (kilometer-long) strip of grayish-brown sand 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of central Lima is normally a haven for the working classes, a place where visitors from the Andean highlands first dip a toe in the sea. (Image: AP)

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 But in recent days, an army of seabirds has claimed the sandy territory abandoned by people. (Image: AP)
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But in recent days, an army of seabirds has claimed the sandy territory abandoned by people. (Image: AP)

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 Densely thronged pedestrian bridges are all but empty. Instead of chaotic human footprints, the beach is tattooed with the tracks of gulls and pelicans. (Image: AP)
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Densely thronged pedestrian bridges are all but empty. Instead of chaotic human footprints, the beach is tattooed with the tracks of gulls and pelicans. (Image: AP)

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 A lone sandal on the shore of Agua Dulce beach that is typically packed to the gills this time of year, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)
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A lone sandal on the shore of Agua Dulce beach that is typically packed to the gills this time of year, in Lima, Peru. (Image: AP)

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 Carcass surrounded by bird tracks on the shore of Agua Dulce beach in Lima, Peru. Ten days after a state of emergency was declared in Peru in response to the new coronavirus outbreak, the usually crowded beaches of Lima have been taken over by Peruvian gulls and pelicans. (Image: AP)
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Carcass surrounded by bird tracks on the shore of Agua Dulce beach in Lima, Peru. Ten days after a state of emergency was declared in Peru in response to the new coronavirus outbreak, the usually crowded beaches of Lima have been taken over by Peruvian gulls and pelicans. (Image: AP)

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