Arlyne and I enjoy traveling and birding. We’ve been quite fortunate to see great birds in wonderful places. Cameras have gotten a lot better since we started and we’ve gotten a little better as photographers. We love to photographs birds of course, but even the locations where birds live and nest and roost are often as beautiful as the creatures themselves.
Our bird lists are growing a little each year but not much lately. We keep track of the birds we’ve seen, where we were, what the birds were doing, how many there were and usually a few notes. We’re closing in on 800 birds on our life lists. Nearly half, 340, we have “collected” internationally. This sounds pretty good except there are more than 10,000 bird species in the world. We just want 1000, which would be really nice. Our best bets to increase our lists are Costa Rica and the entire east coast of the U.S., which we haven’t explored much. It’s so sad that nearby Mexico is basically out of bounds for us. We’ve read too many news accounts and talked to too many former visitors to Mexico to ever go birdwatching there. It’s too bad. Mexico is (so far) filled with exotic bird life.
Consequently, in this piece, we want to show you some of the birds we’ve seen outside the U.S. The world of birds, when I was growing up in Arizona, consisted of vultures, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds and the occasional woodpecker. I never knew birds had curved bills. Arlyne grew up in Costa Rica but was too busy growing up to check out birds. We can’t go back but we can go forward.
So this blog is an easy one. Most of you probably don’t “follow” birds like we do, but here’s your chance to see a few you may not have seen or even knew existed.
not your normal California sea gull – very cute
probably flew from Australia to NZ south island
seen in Bogota – very common but beautiful
seen while standing on a bridge over Tarcoles river
several in small park outside Bogota – very pretty
in small wetlands outside of Lima
several hopping around in a small park
seen about 50 miles north of Sydney, Australia
hiked five miles before we saw this guy
we were birding, they were working…..
this bird (believe it or not) lives in a burrow in the ground
not here but everywhere in New Zealand
We love spectacled birds. Pretty and easier to identify
I would have named it a gray-headed gull as well
island far out was first colony, pinnacle was second, birds now on mainland
gannets hovering over the pinnacle at Murawai, New Zealand
Huge bird. Seen on pelagic boat trip in Hauraki Gulf out of Auckland, New Zealand
only bird in the world with a bill that curves sideways….for turning over shells
This is really fun. We hope to go to Costa Rica next year and get a few more bird pictures.
Bob and Arlyne Draper