It may sound awful, but sewage ponds are a good place to look for birds. And that is exactly where we went on our first morning outing in San Blas.
If I can trust my camera roll, the first birds we saw were an assortment of seedeaters and kingbirds, but I have given first position to this very attractive Groove-Billed Ani, because I never noticed the unique woven-looking pattern of the nape feathers before.
And now, the Seedeaters…
Tropical Kingbirds can be good subjects. Below this one is a Thick-billed Kingbird for comparison, but the name doesn’t seem all that descriptive to me.
Those of you who know me know I adore Crows, so I was thrilled to observe a new species doing Crow Stuff.
I don’t think a day went by without a Zone-tailed Hawk, either…
I was impressed with the graceful flight of a Wood Stork.
This falcon could have been laughing at me for as long as I waited for him to turn his head for a profile shot.
Unlike my last Texas trip, I don’t recall hearing the incessant chatter of a Bell’s Vireo, but at least we saw this one.
Great Kiskadees were ever-present but nearly impossible to photograph. I wonder why I bothered with this one.
Not sure I have any better images coming of Roseate Spoonbills, but here’s one flying.
All these species would have been way too many for me to get my head around without taking pictures. A new woodpecker!
Below, what an endearing little flycatcher for such a long name. I confess I don’t know what makes it “beardless.”
Not a day went by without a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher distraction. Some days were Blue-grey though.
I think we had a record number of pygmy owls on this trip.
The remaining images are…more birds seen.
This Yellow-Winged Cacique was having a bad hair day. Lovely flower though.
I didn’t manage to photograph many butterflies with a 100-400mm lens, but these are a few that we saw. I’ve put the Vermilion Flycatcher with them because unlike previous trips, I never got close enough to one to do it justice. I will try to identify the rest of the butterflies when my new butterfly book arrives…
Raptors aplenty – Short-Tailed Hawk is new for me.
I was going to include the afternoon river excursion photos, but I think they deserve their own space. So my chronicle of this day in San Blas will continue soon.