Spring Birds Feeding

The Cedar Waxwings are feeding on my Mulberry Tree and the Acorn Woodpeckers are fighting over the acorns that they have stored in a tall Washingtonia palm tree. The Waxwings require a blind as they are very skittish and all fly away at the slightest noise or sight of a human. Then I have to wait for 30 min to an hour for them to come back.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing on Mulberries
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwings
Western Tanager
Acorn Woodpeckers and Palm
Acorn Woodpeckers defending acorns
stored in Palm trunk
Phainopepla male
Spotted Towhee

Ecuador Bird Photos

We photographed Birds in the Cloud Forests and Subtropical areas in Ecuador including the Tandayapa Valley, Guango,  Rancho Suamox, Milpe, and San Tideo, Papallacta Pass, and Antisana. Elevations ranged from 1200 ft to 14,000 ft. The lodges we stayed at  were at around 8,000 ft and 6500 ft. The trip was with Tropical Birding and they did an excellent job of taking us to various habitats and getting us close to the birds. Our guide was Pablo Cervantes who is an excellent photographer and helped to find the target birds. I used my 300 mm f 2.8 lens with and without a 1.4 extender or 2 x extender. As I process more of my images I will post more over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird

Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird

Buff-tailed Coronet

Buff-tailed Coronet

carunculated Cara Cara

carunculated Cara Cara

crimson rumped toucanet

crimson rumped toucanet

 

Long-tailed Sylph

Long-tailed Sylph

Rufous Motmot

Rufous Motmot

Toucan Barbet

Toucan Barbet

Giant Antpitta

Giant Antpitta

Sword-billed hummingbird

Sword-billed hummingbird

Black-chinned Mt. Tanager

Black-chinned Mt. Tanager

Black-cheeked woodpecker

Black-cheeked woodpecker

Golden Olive Woodpecker

Golden Olive Woodpecker

Cock of the rock

Cock of the rock

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Golden-headed Quetzal

Golden-headed Quetzal

Larry Moskovitz 14,000 ft in Andes

Larry Moskovitz 14,000 ft in Andes

Booted Racket-tails fight

Booted Racket-tails fight

SW Florida birds and alligator

Anhinga

Anhinga

American Alligator

American Alligator

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Raccoon, Corkscrew Swamp

Raccoon, Corkscrew Swamp

Here are some more images from the SW Florida trip. The Painted Buntings,Woodpecker, Anhinga & Raccoon were at the Corkscrew Swamp Audubon center near Naples, Fl. The Little Blue Heron and Alligator were at Ding Darling, Sanibel Island and came within a few feet of me, feeding in the shallow water.

Texas Birds – S Rio Grande

We just got back from a trip to S Texas and covered several wildlife preserves, and state parks near the Rio Grande from McAllen, Tx to S Padre Island. First we stayed in Alamo, Tx at Casa Santa Ana, a Bed and Breakfast right next to the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. They feed the local birds and attract lots of Kiskadees, Green Jays, Altimira Orioles, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, N Cardinals and others.

Altimira Oriole

Altimira Oriole

Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker

 

Green Jay

Green Jay

 

Great Kiskadee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We continued to Estero Llano Grande State Park to search for the Green Kingfisher and Ringed Kingfisher with no luck. This is a very good park with lots of variety. We did see the Common Pauraque, a strange bird in the Nighthawk family which looks like a piece of wood  or fallen leaves and is nearly impossible to see if it doesn’t move.

Common Pauraque

Common Pauraque

 

Next we traveled to the S Padre Island area and went to Laguna Atacosa National Wildlife Refuge which has lots of raptors including Cara Caras, White-tailed Hawks, Aplomado Falcons, Ospreys, Harris Hawks, and other S Texas specialties. The preserve is huge and has tropical thorn scrub, grassy plains, and coastal tidal flats. This part of Texas is as far south as S Florida and is the northern range of many Mexican and Central American species which are found no where else in the U.S.

CaraCara eating a rodent

CaraCara eating a rodent

CaraCara mating

CaraCaras mating

 

Cara Cara

Cara Cara at Laguna Atacosa

 

The other area that we visited was on S Padre Island at the S Padre Island Birding Center next to the Convention Center, where there are a series of boardwalks over the salt water marsh. This is an excellent place to see Roseate Spoonbills, Tri-colored Herons, White Ibis, American Bitterns, Reddish Egrets, many Ducks and shorebirds.

American Bittern

American Bittern

 

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

White morph Reddish Egret

White morph Reddish Egret (unusual color form)

 

White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

 

Hooded Orioles and Acorn Woodpeckers

Hooded Oriole on Agave flowers

Hooded Oriole on Agave flowers

 

Hooded Oriole on Agave flowers

Hooded Oriole on Agave flowers

 

Acorn Woodpecker on Agave Flowers

Acorn Woodpecker on Agave Flowers

 

I got these by photographing out my van window  in my driveway from about 20 ft away. Birds usually ignore vehicles and they can make a good blind to shoot from. Roll your window down about halfway and use a bean bag on the window to cradle your lens. It did take several hours over a few days to get interesting images.