Thread subject: Photos of birds in Oaxaca, Mexico
||02/01/05 12:07 pm
||I have published photos of birds I saw during my December/January trip to Oaxaca, Mexico - including some apparently happy osprey on winter vacation (lots of fish there). You can view them at:
I suppose soon these osprey will be thinking about meeting up with their mates and flying back to the north to lay eggs and raise chicks.
||02/01/05 03:34 pm
||BEAUTIFUL, CATHY, SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL
||02/01/05 05:39 pm
||Yes! Ditto! It was also nice to see photos of Marie also! Thank you for sharing!
||02/01/05 07:30 pm
||Wonderful photos Cathy. The red mangroves and nighthawk ones look like modern paintings, the nighthawk is a Jackson Pollock. I just had to have a go at finding the names of the mystery birds, so having consulted my birds of America book - how about 4 black-bellied whistling ducks and 2 northern jacanas ??? Marie will correct me if I am wrong !!! It must have been quite the experience having those pelicans diving around you. Do you mind if I copy and save one or two of the pics? Private use only of course ?
||02/01/05 07:51 pm
||Yes - we did see black-bellied whistling ducks and northern jacanas (I remember being told the names, but not what they looked like). Yes you can copy and save pictures for private use (as I have done of your snaps of the Race Rocks eagles). I just learned how to use photoshop so I plan to take some time to improve these. We also saw a large number of Scaup - which must have migrated from the north.
||02/01/05 09:43 pm
||Yes indeed Black- bellied Whistling ducks they are......saw then in the movie...'Winged Migration' and recognised your birds. :-))
Great collection of Birds..
THANK YOU for sharing Cathy.....what a great trip that was. Love those brown pelicans.
I hope you don't mind me suggesting that I think you have a Black-crowned night Heron instead of a green heron in one of your pics. The swallow maybe one of the Violet -green swallows that migrate north to breed and that nest on my balcony. Wouldn't that be neat! So glad you got to see our OSPREYS. Mexico has many wonderful and colourful species of BIRD.
||02/01/05 10:01 pm
||Cathy, thankyou for sharing your adventures in Mexico. I enjoyed the pictures very much.
||02/01/05 10:16 pm
||Yes the violet green swallows were on the perch.
In addition to those pictured (and labelled in error), we (ornithologist Mike Malone and tour group) saw:
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
little blue heron
black crowned night heron (pictured)
Yellow crowned night heron
common black hawk
black bellied plover
black necked stilt
white winged dove
white fronted parrot
ringed and belted kingfisher
white throated magpie jay
gray breasted martin
n rough-winged swallow
rofous backed robin
white collared seedeater
great tailed grackle
yellow winged cacique
||02/02/05 08:59 am
||Cathy amazing photos ... thanks for posting them ... it is a great break from winter and work to spend a few mintues enjoying them.
||02/02/05 10:16 am
||All in 3.5 hours near Puerto Escondido.
||02/02/05 11:14 am
||Thank you for the beautiful pictures Cathy. For a few moments I felt the warmth and serenity of Mexico. Could those Ospreys have been "Our Ospreys?" Makes one wonder.
||02/02/05 04:23 pm
||It may be more likely they are west-coast or central US ospreys. The photos were taken on the Pacific Coast. However, it is just north of the narrowest part of the continent, in which the Pacific and Atlantic are about 100 miles apart (Istmus of Tuantipec) so some enterprising ospreys (especially those who read their Lonely Planet guidebooks) might fly to the west.