A Change of Scenery

Versicolored Emerald

Versicolored Emerald

Now that I find myself getting ready for an international trip in a couple weeks (as it gets down to the wire, it prefaces just about every waking thought), I remember never completely finishing going through the Brazil pictures from last year, at least to the point where I could identify every bird often hidden in them. I won’t be going to South America this time, so I won’t see any of these birds, but it feels like a good time to revisit a few images for a virtual change of scenery. Also, we are presently experiencing two days of constant rain in Chicago, so I have given the cameras a rest.

Here is a little video of hummingbirds from last year’s trip. The location is Folha Seca, so popular with the hummers they way outnumbered the tour participants.

On another rainy day, only this time in Brazil last year, the video below was taken at  the porch feeders outside the dining room at the hotel where we stayed in Itatiaia National Park outside of Rio de Janeiro. The bird is a very wet Saffron Toucanet eating fruit and trying to avoid buzzing insects.

The last photo is of a Violet-Capped Woodnymph, taken at Folha Seca. One interesting observation: when I was going through the videos last night on my computer, even though there are hardly any bird sounds that my indoor birds could have recognized, they became immediately attentive and curious, which only indicates to me they hear so much more than we ever will.

Violet-Capped Woodnymph

Violet-Capped Woodnymph

Hummingbird Hurrah

Hummingbird Ballet

This is just the tip of my hummer photo iceberg. Although we frequently caught glimpses of hummingbirds in the field, the best looks and photo opportunities were at several prized feeder locations. To watch these athletic beauties as they zipped and clicked past our ears was an unforgettable experience.

Black Jacobins

Everywhere we went the Black Jacobins were numerous. They reminded me of ballet dancers with their white tails fanned out like tutus as they hover in the air.

Black Jacobin

The explanation given which perhaps explains the Black Jacobin numbers was that they are migrants in November, not the local crowd.

There was plenty of the action around the feeders as birds vied for position…

Rufous-Breasted Hermit

How luminescent these beauties were depended a lot on the available light. But even on cloudy, rainy days, of which there were many, their grace was unmatched.

Versicolored Emerald

Let’s hope I can identify them all properly…

like this brilliant Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird.

Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird

If this trip has taught me anything, it is to come up with a better system next time. I haven’t even started adding up how many new species I saw yet.

Even a hummer needs to take a break.

White-Throated Hummingbird