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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Some from the extended commute. IMHO, Migration has begun but is not in full force.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Same Sharpie from the other day
Credit: Darwin
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Crescent Honeyeater

Credit: dee ee

Green Rosella

Credit: dee ee

Darter (related to Anhinga)

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Maned Duck (Wood Duck)

Credit: dee ee
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
YOWZA! What a great page!

Callie does want an avo. I really wish I had them where I live - well had wild ones. I suppose I do have them where I live. :) I made a happy sound when I saw that photo Reilly.

Can you name the climbers to whom those feet upthread belong? heh heh.

Thanks everyone for some beautiful birds. The Blue-Crested Mot Mot was a favorite when I went to CR.

QUESTION:

Aside from Costa Rica, what do you think is the best Central American Country to visit around T'giving for birding? We'd have one week.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Really!

Great stuff everyone.

Goodonya DE! Hope you are having a few tinnies as well.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:36pm PT


I/we should defer to Little-Z, but why not Costa Rica? I traveled around a lot down there in my youth, and given your question, I would say Costa Rica. But


* Tony had great sounding trip to Belize a couple years ago.
* I have a friend who spent a lot of time at a research station (name?) in Panama. For biological diversity, I'm not sure that can be beat, but could you, a "civilian", get access?
* Culturally, a Guatemala/Belize combo could/would be way cool, but I don't know about political and safety issues.


Little-Z, I'm dying to hear what you say.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Crimpie, after Costa Rica I would say Panama - you can hit a lot of
habitats within a small area. But not as many habitats as Costa Rica.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 30, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
dee ee - keep em' coming

as to your birdy feet, looks like I'm the only one who is going to bite, although I thought Ron might chime in, as he's probably paid more attention to different bird feet than anyone here. Anyway:
1 - some cormorant (shag), they all look the same so I'll guess Black-faced Shag.
2 - Dusky Moorhen
3 - Australian White Ibis

So, Crimpy, yes, Costa Rica is pretty user friendly, and there are a ton of birds packed into a small and easily accessible space. Are you sure you've seen it all? Panama has even more birds, but they are more spread out. Organizing trips is a bit more involved, especially if you're thinking of going to the Darién (you'll need a gov. permit to go much farther than about Tortí) although there is great birding just along the highway around Lake Bayano to pick up alot of Darién stuff. Trips to the Pearl Islands, Coiba Is., Azuero Pen. will all add to your logistical headaches, and unless you're diehard twitchers, your time is probably better spent just visiting spots right off the Panamerican highway east (all the way to L. Bayano) and west (out to Chitre) of the canal, and in Canal Zone hit the Bay of Panama for shorebirds-gulls (Panama Viejo), Metropolitan Park, Gamboa and the Pipeline Road (Soberania NP). For a first time visit you'll come away with your head spinning from so many birds. PM me if you decide on Panama and I can tell you more. Darwin, the most visited research station there is Barro Colorado Island (run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - STRI) in the Canal Zone, and yes, it would be hard (or expensive, or both) for non-science visitors to get in overnight, unless you've got contacts. Day trips are available but you're kept on a short leash and herded around in a group.

Belize is also pretty user friendly and has that lots-o-birds-in-a-small-area thing going on, but many of the species might already be familiar to you. Guatemala, where there are many more endemics, would also be great, but I wouldn't advise going alone. There is a great guide there, Knut Eisermann, who I would highly recommend. I'm getting in on a trip with him that some friends here in Costa Rica are organizing for next Feb. Can't wait.

Yes Dirt Claud, good eye, Frogmouths (Family Podargidae) and Potoos (Family Nyctibiidae) are both in the Goatsucker Order (Caprimulgiformes) and are basically ecological counteparts - Potoos in the neotropics and Frogmouths in the old world tropics.

sorry for so much hot air. here's a bird to calm you down.

Nankeen Night-Heron, it's the Aussie version of Black-Crowned Night-He...
Nankeen Night-Heron, it's the Aussie version of Black-Crowned Night-Heron.
Credit: little Z
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 30, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
Having gone to all the countries several times in Central America I would say Panama would be a great choice, spend three days along Pipeline Road near the Canal and then drive north to David and Boquette.

http://www.birdingpanama.com/birding_central-panama.html

Honduras is also great but a little on the rough side.


Just a few from me, doing more climbing and less birding lately.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 30, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
I should have mentioned we've been to Costa Rica - that's why we thought somewhere else.

Belize and Panama both sound intriguing. Will do some reading and happy to hear anyone's additional thoughts! Thanks all!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 30, 2013 - 06:48pm PT

The Knitter

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Aug 30, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
very nice Reilly!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 31, 2013 - 01:37am PT
Striated Pardalote

Credit: dee ee

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Credit: dee ee

Nankeen Kestrel

Credit: dee ee

Mystery bird, I thought Thornbill or Gerygone but my Aussie expert help says maybe a Robin of some sort.

Edit: see below

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 31, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
My Aussie expert Mat Gilfedder tells me this is a Southern Whiteface, maybe slightly immature. After further scrutiny I believe he is correct. I think the bird in the post above is as well although different upper limit to the white face, maybe more immature. They were foraging together near the entrance of Mungo National Park.
Check it.

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 31, 2013 - 11:08pm PT
OK, forget what I said about shooting my wad.

Here are some more cool ones.

Galah, I needed to show the DEEP pink that these knuckleheads really display. The Aussies have a disdain for these guys often referring to dumb humans as Galahs. I don't think they are that dumb but they are common.

Credit: dee ee

White-eared Honeyeater

Credit: dee ee

Willie Wagtail

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Apostlebird

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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 31, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
One more.

This species is one of my favorites. It is really one of the most beautiful birds we saw. We had many in the trees near the Murray River kinda' near Balranald.

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Credit: dee ee

MisterE

climber
Aug 31, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Birds scare me

That damn Hitchcock movie scarred me for life.
john hansen

climber
Aug 31, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
Cool birds Dee..

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 1, 2013 - 01:27am PT
little Z, yes, you're damn good! I can't remember what the first was but probably as you stated. It was the Moorhen's multi color legs that got me to take the shots.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 1, 2013 - 01:49am PT
Thanks for the Blue-faced Honeyeater photo Dee-ee. That is a spectacular bird and the photo looks even better using the click to enlarge feature.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 1, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
Eastern Yellow Robin, "Miss Piggy". She would take food out of our hands at O'Reilly's.

Credit: dee ee

Werribee (Sewage Treatment Area) near Melbourne is considered one of the 10 best birding spots (on most lists) in all of Australia. It was super windy and cold the day we were there but you don't really need to get out of the car. You do need a key to access the good ponds though which requires the presence of a local.

(Pied) Black-winged Stilt

Credit: dee ee

Curlew Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and...?

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Little Black Cormorant

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Pied Cormorant

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Black Swans and Pied Cormorants

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