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cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jun 29, 2013 - 12:09am PT
I caught this Dowitcher bathing the other day on the Kenai Flats. I really enjoyed watching....
getting wet
getting wet
Credit: cyndiebransford
shaking
shaking
Credit: cyndiebransford
splashing
splashing
Credit: cyndiebransford
all done
all done
Credit: cyndiebransford
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 29, 2013 - 09:56am PT
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2350267/Rare-bird-white-throated-needletail-killed-wind-turbine-crowd-twitchers.html
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 29, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
search for the Ibycter - a birding TR

Juan Diego, a friend and fellow birding guide here in Costa Rica called me on the phone the other morning. He says "listen...what's that?" In the background of his call is this incredibly loud squawking. He was standing under a tree that had 4 Red-throated Caracaras in it. This is a super rare resident bird here. Formerly widespread, it has all but disappeared in most of Central America although from the Darién in Panama down into S. America it becomes more common. Its decline seems to have something to do with its feeding habits as it specializes in eating wasp larvae.

So, with a few other hard core birding friends (we all work as guides) we decided to pile into the car and go look for the caracaras. It was going to be a Costa Rica first for most of us (I had seen it here before, though not since 1998).

Early start and long drive over to La Fortuna at the base of Arenal Volcano (it was covered by clouds) for breakfast and coffee.

super guides Juan Diego Vargas, Herman Venegas and Kevin Easley gasing...
super guides Juan Diego Vargas, Herman Venegas and Kevin Easley gasing up
Credit: little Z

Brit guide Harry Barnard, aka "Harry Spotter" and Juan Diego discuss t...
Brit guide Harry Barnard, aka "Harry Spotter" and Juan Diego discuss the plan
Credit: little Z

then off the highway and out a long dirt road to the farm where the birds have been hanging out. We park at the farm house and gear up.

rubber boots to the rescue
rubber boots to the rescue
Credit: little Z

the farm caretaker had a pair of birds, a Crimson-fronted Parakeet and a Red-lored Amazon, that were real pals.

a pair of knuckleheads
a pair of knuckleheads
Credit: little Z

It was a bit of a slog through muddy pastures to the forest patch.

objective dangers
objective dangers
Credit: little Z

future double whoppers
future double whoppers
Credit: little Z

when we were getting close to the forest we began to hear the birds

listening to some damn nosiy birds
listening to some damn nosiy birds
Credit: little Z

then we got our first look at one

victory
victory
Credit: little Z

and, here, finally is what we were so excited about (thanks to kevin for the photos). Notice that in 2 of the 3 photos the birds have their bills open (making mucho nosie). Really cool.

Credit: little Z

Credit: little Z

Credit: little Z

we never got to see the birds hunting, but one bird was flying with a wasp nest comb in its bill when we first saw it, although the birds ate the nest while they were out of sight.

Now all we need is that Harpy Eagle.
10b4me

climber
Jun 29, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#308941
Rufous Hummingbird
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jun 30, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Little Z, that is amazing.

Great score!

We just had a Crested Caracara sighted on the central coast today.
I'll go hunt for it Sun/Mon and see if I can get it. Very rare here. Mainly in AZ and Mexico.

Looks like you were on a great trip! Never had the coin for a "guide" but luckily you had one. Probably would have been impossible to see without one eh? Thanks for sharing!

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jun 30, 2013 - 04:22am PT
very nice little z!!

from today up at Mt Hamilton

Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 30, 2013 - 03:19pm PT
Nice shooti', Cyndie!
Most excellent adventure TR Z!

BREAKING NEWS!
the ABA Checklist's 977th addition is the Purple Swamphen. I hasten to add that any rumours
about my dating her BITD are wildly exagerrated.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 30, 2013 - 03:53pm PT


Mike is that a Townsend's Solitaire, or am I on the wrong track? I don't remember them bing so dappled.


Nice TR LittleZ, thanks.
I found this interesteing site with R.T. Caraca' calls (lots actaually) on it

http://www.xeno-canto.org/56972


The parent site is: http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Ibycter-americanus
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 30, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Credit: StahlBro
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jun 30, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Last night, about 10 PM at the Kenai Boat Dock bird viewing area.
pintail mama and chick
pintail mama and chick
Credit: cyndiebransford
pintail chicks
pintail chicks
Credit: cyndiebransford
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jun 30, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Stahl

nice Verdin
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 12:38am PT
Slater, didjya see the Crested Caracara?
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 12:49am PT
Darwin,

Fledgling W Bluebird.

Here is a fledgling Townsend's Solitaire. A lot of similarities.
Credit: Tony

little z, It seemed the Caracara didn't have a chance to elude your crew.
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jul 1, 2013 - 02:17am PT
Thanks Ron. I fixed it. I didn't even look at a bird book, just assumed. My bad.
10b4me

climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#309202
photo not found
Missing photo ID#309201
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Missing photo ID#309200
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Missing photo ID#309199
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Missing photo ID#309198
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 1, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Really great photos everyone.

Not much from me...got this Rock Wren from the job site (hiking guide) near Pilar, NM.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 1, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Awesome pics Little Z, your buddies nickname was funny.
Brit guide Harry Barnard, aka "Harry Spotter"

Funny ass name, had me chucklin' for a while.
Seen some awesome birds lately on our camping/road trips, but no pictures, except really fuzzy ones that don't even compare to what people post here.
Unless I have a Dodo sighting, they really aren't worth posting.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Unless I have a Dodo sighting, they really aren't worth posting.

DON'T YOU DARE POST THAT SHOT OF ME!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jul 1, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
Bob - that first shot of the wren is particularly nice!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 2, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
Reilly,

strike 2 on the Caracara!

I went to see the first one spotted in 2/2012 and then this time I went the very next day. No luck. Nobody did on day 2. It was a one day wonder.

Heading to SE AZ in one month though so crossing my fingers and hoping to see one there!

they look so damn cool!
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