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Everything posted by MarkG

  1. Yellow-crowned Night Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  2. Ferruginous Pygmy Owl by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  3. Summer Tanager in the early morning sun... Summer Tanager by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  4. During my recent trip to the Yucatan I stayed at a hotel in the south central part of the peninsula. My room was on the 2nd floor and the patio was only ten feet or so from a berry tree. I soon discovered that I literally had a birds eye view of the birds who came to the tree to feed. This pair of Tityra's came to the tree several times and I was able to get some nice photos of them. Since they were a pair I felt I should post photos of them both. Fun birds to watch. Masked Tityra by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr Masked Tityra by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  5. Ringed Kingfisher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  6. Boatbill Flycatcher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  7. White-eyed Vireo by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  8. It's always nice when you see a lifer and you actually get a decent photo of it. I just returned from two weeks down in the Yucatan, we often stay in a condo by the beach in Playacar, which is about 40 miles south of Cancun. We've been going there for years and I always walk the neighborhood looking for birds. These days I don't often pick up lifers in that area, just the usual native birds. I always check out this one small park as I often see several species of orioles there. On this trip I got a glimpse of this bird and initially thought it was an oriole, but as soon as I got a decent look at it I knew it was something different. I stalked it through the park for a while and finally got a few decent photos of the bird. At the time I thought it might be a Cacique, but I wasn't sure until I was able to check the guide. It is a Yellow-winged Cacique and going by the guide, it was pretty far out of its usual range. I saw it several times in that park, so for whatever reason it seems to be living there or close to it. Yellow-winged Cacique by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  9. Interesting, I was thinking the same, except if you google Magnificent Hummingbird it seems it's now a Rivoli's Hummingbird. It's been a source of confusion for me from this last Costa Rica trip. Initially I thought I saw a "Magnificent Hummingbird" at a different location. Although I didn't get a great look at the bird I saw a bright turquoise throat and a purple crown. Checking the Garrigues/Dean Guide, the Magnificent Hummingbird was a good match, I believe the only hummingbird in the guide that had a turquoise throat. Later, when I went to enter observations on eBird, the Magnificent Hummingbird was not listed, nor would eBird accept a "rare" bird entry for the Magnificent Hummingbird. After checking online, I saw photos of the Talamanca Hummingbird, it matched the bird I saw, the range map made it a possibility and eBird accepted the entry as a rare bird. A day or two later I got an email from an eBird reviewer asking me to provide more details on that observation. I gave him as much info as I could, but I don't think he ended up confirming my observation. Back to this bird, I saw the bird and took the photo on the first day of my ten day trip. I saw a lot of hummingbirds during those ten days and learned a lot about the local hummingbirds. Unfortunately I just don't remember much about the bird in the photo as far as color and the photo doesn't help. I was reviewing my observations and photos from the trip and I had initially listed the bird as a Purple-throated Mountain Gem, but that is obviously incorrect. I went through the guide again and ended up with Magnificent Hummingbird, googled it to look at photos and it's a good match for a "Rivoli's Hummingbird". I sent an email to the reviewer, but haven't heard back and I'm not sure I will. Although I suspect if I go back and make the changes to my eBird observation it will probably raise a flag. Thanks...
  10. Seen in early December 2018 at the Poas Volcano Lodge. Unfortunately my photo didn't capture any of the throat/crown color...
  11. Emerald Tanager by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  12. Red-legged Honeycreeper by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  13. Yellow-headed Caracara by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  14. Black-cowled Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  15. Red-legged Honeycreeper by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  16. Bay-headed Tanager by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  17. Little Blue Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  18. Green-crowned Brilliant by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  19. Chestnut-sided Warbler by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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