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little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 9, 2014 - 08:11pm PT
what, me again? where are you other Taco birders? (out birding, or climbing, of course!)

White-necked Puffbird
White-necked Puffbird
Credit: little Z

I always think of this species as a rainforest bird, but they love the dry forest as well.

Inca Doves
Inca Doves
Credit: little Z

waiting their turn at the watering hole

Lesser Nighthawk
Lesser Nighthawk
Credit: little Z

this guy was right next to a busy, dusty rural road. Must be hard to get a good day's sleep.

arrow shows location of roosting nighthawk
arrow shows location of roosting nighthawk
Credit: little Z

Credit: little Z

bonus taxa of the day - the Rally Monkey praying that the Angels make it back to the playoffs this year
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 9, 2014 - 10:04pm PT
We're here! We're here! Loving all the photos. Looking forward to being able to contribute soon.

Will be in SoCal in March hanging with the Taco-Birders again! I'll dig up details and repost shortly. Hopefully we all have some fun contributions from that outing!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 10, 2014 - 12:42am PT
little z,
We're still out there. Thanks to you and Bob for the Costa Rica photos. They have really whetted my appetite to get there sooner, rather than later.

The Thick-knees, aka Stone-curlews, are interesting birds. We saw about 40 in a cemetery near Cairns, N. Queensland, AU. Their huge eyes make sense as nocturnal birds. These guys were just chilling out among the gravestones, but made wild calls during the night. It took us a while to figure out what the sounds were. Unfortunately, we missed the Beach Stone-curlews.

Bush Stone-curlew <br/>
Cairns Cemetery, AU
Bush Stone-curlew
Cairns Cemetery, AU
Credit: Tony
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 10, 2014 - 12:50am PT
Here are a couple more from our recent Eastern Sierra trip. While we were counting birds on one part of Owens Lake, there was a call from another group about a Long-tailed Duck near the top of the lake where the Owens River feeds in. Fortunately, we had time to find it just before it got dark. This was pretty unexpected, to say the least.
Long-tailed Duck <br/>
Owens Lake
Long-tailed Duck
Owens Lake
Credit: Tony

Late the day before we saw out first Bell's Sparrow since the Sage Sparrow was split into Bell's and Sagebrush.
Bell's Sparrow <br/>
Dirty Socks Spring, Owens Lake
Bell's Sparrow
Dirty Socks Spring, Owens Lake
Credit: Tony

There were just a few Eared Grebes around, which was quite a difference from the spring and fall when there are thousands.
Eared Grebes <br/>
Owens Lake
Eared Grebes
Owens Lake
Credit: Tony

Hey dee ee,
The Pacific Golden Plover is more like it. I imagine it really stood out more than those Black-bellied that we were trying to morph.

Cool shot of the Clapper Rail pair.

[Edit] We left at 5 AM this morning for a winter pelagic birding trip out of Half Moon Bay. I was all excited about seeing lots of Black-legged Kittiwakes, N Fulmars, Ancient Murrelets and maybe even a Short-tailed Albatross! Alas, the forecast kept getting worse and the trip was cancelled as we arrived at the harbor.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 10, 2014 - 02:51am PT
I love the Lesser Night-Hawk photo. I bonded to those birds dozens of years ago when I first heard of and saw them flying, and to see them perched is too cool. I have similar feelings to Inca Doves, but I'm not sure I've ever seen one. Likewise, when I first saw Tony's photos of the Stone-curlews, I thought that's the most interesting bird I've seen in a while (more honestly: wtf is that!).

Great to see the Long-Tailed Ducks and think that I have to head out to the North Sound to find some up here! Tony, do you ever seen them out at Drakes Estero? Good photo of the Eared Grebes. They are the one(?) bird I first distinguish by bill shape.



Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Feb 10, 2014 - 10:36am PT
Check out this Green Heron fishing, really cool stuff.



Fish hunting birds

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 10, 2014 - 10:54am PT
That Green Heron was using bait! Amazing neck stretch to choke it down. I have seen egrets eat big fish before and same thing, giant bulging neck. I wonder if Russ would consider that "Bulgemelon?"

I couldn't tell if any of those Catfish actually got a pigeon.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Feb 10, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
Not sure if they did either Dee, but that is crazy to see catfish even going for it, reminds me of the crocks hanging out by the shore line waiting for a kill.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 10, 2014 - 01:11pm PT
Those are some dumbazz catfish even if they're French.
Them pigeons ain't gonna win no Phi Beta Kappas neither.

Dee, where did you see yer Saw-whet?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 10, 2014 - 03:29pm PT
Back in the Philly area for my mom's service, saw some great birds at a NWR that my dad used to take me too when I was young. Great stuff everyone. Will post photos later.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 10, 2014 - 08:22pm PT
Reilly,
It was way up Silverado Cyn. at "Bigcone Springs."

But...I only heard it. They have a super distinctive call. It's like a car seat belt alarm.

I meant to bring a light but forgot it. I went up the canyon playing various owls with not a peep until I got up there. There had been a moto and a Baja bug blasting the canyon as I went up, finally they left.

When I got clear up to BC Springs I heard nothing at first, the canyon was dead quiet. I sat for 20 minutes or so nursing a beer. It was awesome up there in the dark by myself and pitch black. I had heard from others that the Saw-whet didn't respond to it's own call but only to the Western Screech Owl.

After awhile I played a variety of calls again. Nothing. I turned to go to the car and then I heard a Great-horned Owl very nearby start up, within 50 feet. Then another down canyon a ways, then the Saw-whet started up, super cool. He was directly across the canyon. Then a third Great-horned on the ridge behind me started up.

I sat there and listened to the 4 owls till it got quiet again.

My local birding bros. from a couple of days before (inc. a couple of the OC's top birders) had done the same thing (playing), then, when they thought they had the owls located they all hit them with spotlights.

I was glad I didn't do that. I would have liked to see it but in retrospect I think the light would be a much more egregious violation of their lives. Plus, I think, an owl could ever get hurt after receiving the full blinding blast of light.

I'm going back for the Long Eared Owl soon.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 10, 2014 - 08:45pm PT
Dee...saw two long eared owls today and got some great photos of them....will post when I get back toColorado. Trying for a Snowy Owl tomorrow in the Cape May, NJ area.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 10, 2014 - 09:16pm PT
more marsh birds

Green Heron looking green and mean
Green Heron looking green and mean
Credit: little Z

Glossy Ibis looking glossy.
Glossy Ibis looking glossy.
Credit: little Z
This bird had a badly broken right tarsus just above its foot, looked like an old injury as the foot was basically pertified in that position. It would hop and flap to get around. Amazing. Hope it is able to survive for awhile longer.

Thought I'd try to get some photos in the forest, but it's pretty frustrating. Unless there is a clean line of sight the camera will focus on any little twig that is in the way instead of the bird. Plus the birds are often in dappled light. If they are at all active the photo gets blurred. Bitch, bitch, bitch. Whatever. Increases my respect for the real good photos we get to see here from real photographers (as in the next post - thanks CClarke for proving my point)

Pale-billed Woodpecker &#40;male&#41;. He was really making the chips fly.
Pale-billed Woodpecker (male). He was really making the chips fly.
Credit: little Z

Elegant Trogon &#40;female&#41;, formerly known as Coppery-tailed Trog...
Elegant Trogon (female), formerly known as Coppery-tailed Trogon. Her coppery tail was really lighting up in the sun (not as shown here unfortunately)
Credit: little Z

Streaked Flycatcher
Streaked Flycatcher
Credit: little Z
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Feb 10, 2014 - 09:22pm PT
Here's a few from between the rain storms.

White-bellied tyrannulet:

Credit: CClarke

Gray-hooded parakeet:

Credit: CClarke

Eared doves:

Credit: CClarke

Picui ground dove:

Credit: CClarke

Black siskin:

Credit: CClarke

And just one more Sparkling violeteer:

Credit: CClarke



Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 10, 2014 - 09:24pm PT
You guys are killing me with all these killer pics of exotic fare. I think I might be due for a trip back to the tropics next winter.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Feb 10, 2014 - 09:24pm PT
Keep up the good work ST Birders...
Impressive stuff
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 10, 2014 - 09:38pm PT
I just passed out at the sight of the Pale Billed Woodpecker. Came to only to see CClarke's photos!

I'm with you Willoughby - great stuff...wanna go on a birding trip!
john hansen

climber
Feb 10, 2014 - 10:51pm PT
It was a beautiful day in Hilo. Still just a bit of snow on Mauna Kea.


Sorry Crimpie... Could not resist :)



Credit: john hansen


I only had my 18 /135 lens with me so could not really zoom in much, but got a Wandering tattler.


Credit: john hansen


And a Pacific Plover. They were both used to people being around.


Credit: john hansen


I think these are winter ruddy turnstones. I will go down again with a longer lens

Credit: john hansen


And a couple more of the (presumed) turnstone flying.





Credit: john hansen




Credit: john hansen




Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 10, 2014 - 10:56pm PT
Hee hee - don't be too sorry John H...Hawaii is in my very near future. Yay sunshine, yay warmth, yay birds!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 10, 2014 - 11:45pm PT

Just love those big woodpeckers!!!
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