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.
This is really fun. We hope to go to Costa Rica next year and get a few more bird pictures.
Bob and Arlyne Draper