Awoke to a bass cacophony of howler monkeys in the jungle this morning. Deep-throated, close, primeval, slightly unnerving, sounds. Strange bird calls, roosters and barking dogs in turn added their voices to the choir (not available on iTunes).
Headed at out 8 a.m. to the wetlands. Was not disappointed (understatement alert!).
“Jimmy” the boatsman, a birding expert in his own right, a father of two niñas, has “los ojos de gato” (the eyes of a cat). Where I would see leaves and twigs, he would point out literally half a dozen birds.
(Note: To save weight and space, I did not bring down a bird identification guide, so many of these photographs remain less than totally identified for the moment. Perhaps you can help, dear reader.)
(Note 2: On video footage quality. A hand-held telephoto on a moving boat — you get the picture, which is more than can be said for me. Mercifully, it’s less than a minute.)
Great Egret: long legs help provide control in flight
Egret: Note the lacy breeding plumage
Fording the river
Be afraid . . .
… be very afraid.
I include this not becaase it’s a great shot,
but for me to get anything but a blur when these little guys are in flight is a miracle.
How did you ever get those crocodile/alligator shots. All shots are amazing but I loved the black winged stilt? and the Anhinga.
Marvelous pictures John. We’re following you all the way
Thank you John for including me in your adventure. I am enjoying your trip vicariously thanks to your fabulous photography. Qué tal el espanol? I suspect you quickly found your footing. May
Thank you, John. I love the shots of the birds – just gorgeous and those alligators have great dental hygiene! I shall forward your blog to an enthusiastic birder friend who has been in South America birding. Take care. Jackie
The pics are great John. I remember being impressed with a group of about 10 tiny bats (about 2 inches in diameter) clustered on a tree trunk down by that river. Did you see any?
Amazing photos. My favourite is the anhinga. The alligators waiting for you to fall off the boat are not my idea of a fun holiday. Your stilt looks like a black-necked stilt: see http://www.arkive.org/black-necked-stilt/himantopus-mexicanus/
HI John. Not sure if previous went through – incompetent at this end. (ie me) Gerry says it is a Northern Jacana, a black necked stilt, and an immature wood stork.
Wish we were there and glad you are.
love cheryl and gerry