Birdwatching is a huge sport. Not that kind of where you have to be physically active, but more mentally active. Your eyes and ears are constantly alert. In countries like Peru and Ecuador birdwatching is a popular sport or activity. In every resort or hostel they have a wonderful feeder display. Feeding the birds is the number one priority in those lodges. Just a couple of years ago I was introduced to this wonderful activity. Bit by bit I also started with the feeders project. It is a win-win situation for both the bird and us. But when it comes to birdwatching it is time for some action.
The best thing about birdwatching or birding is that it is unpredictable what to expect. It is not about reaching a certain destination, but what you see during your trip. You know that there are birds out there, but the questions remain:
But in the end it is a wonderful experience where you can learn a lot from, especially for me.
The Kwasi Bita is one of the most recognizable plants in Kabalebo. Practically on every hiking trail you stumble upon one of these wonderful branches/trees.
Plain-crowned Spinetails are common ovenbirds in Kabalebo. They are seldom seen out in the open but are heard frequently. Luckily I was able to capture some pictures of these songbirds and record their sound.
Channel-billed Toucans (Ramphastos vitellinus) are just like the Red-billed Toucans very common in Kabalebo. But unlike the Red-billed, the Channel-billed is less frequently seen out in the open.
Pauraques (Nyctidromus albicollis) are nightjars. They are active during the nighttime and because of their well camouflaged 'suit' it is difficult to spot them easily. In general Pauraques are insect eating birds. They are also common birds and are frequently heard and seen in Kabalebo.
Since they rely on their camouflage, Pauraques (or in general nightjars) lay their eggs on leaf litter. No particular nest is made, since they are 'one with the dry leaves (see picture above) I wouldn't find ones nest, but as they are also easily alerted, they fly away and expose their nest.
It was a short but successful observation. Enjoy!
They say that it is almost humanlike to show emotions. Showing how you feel. It is nice to know that animals also have emotions and often express themselves to the outside world.
The Black-throated Mango is one of the dominant and aggressive hummingbirds that I have met in Kabalebo. Meaning that they defend their territory with all their might and are not afraid to chase other birds, bigger than them, away.
I have seen many Black-throated Mango's nests near the lodge or area. But they were always built on top of a tree branch, higher than 4 meters. This time I was lucky to observe one nest in particular that was built on a lower level.
In this article it is all about the nesting complete with pictures. Enjoy!
Farewell 2014 and welcome 2015!!
Time flies when you are having fun. When I look back it surely was a wonderful year. I had so much fun with my wonderful neighbors. They have so much character. They taught me to enjoy life to the fullest. Not being afraid to make mistakes. Not being afraid for the unknown.
Even this Black Curassow is so excited, that he can not hide it. What will the new year bring for us all? I am sure only wonderful and pleasant moments.
I can always count on the Cocoi Heron when there is almost nothing to photograph. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Even though he keeps flying away from me.
These Capped Herons remind me that I never stand alone. Great supporters. Love them.
Shy but curious. This Rufescent Tiger Heron is a master in fooling many of us. He likes to stand motionless for a long period of time. With his slender figure shape and blending color, you easily can miss him. Smart fellow.
This vine snake was able to put a smile on my face. You surely never walk alone.
Every year the Fork-tailed flycatchers pay us a visit. Never afraid to go the distance. They inspire me a lot.
Yes… what can I expect from 2015? Wonderful collaboration with nature. Meanwhile I enjoy every moment while it last. Just like this Lowland tapir.
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