Friday, February 28, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
I took advantage of a tiny gap in my agenda and went to the park around 1:00 pm. In spite of the hour and the heat of our dry season, the place was alive with tons of birds attending a flowering Erythrina tree. [...]
Then, I saw a bird skulking in the understore exactly where Osvaldo described. Soon I noticed it was a female Geothlypis (formerly Oporornis) warbler, but most importantly, in the dark of the forest, the broken arcs above and below the eyes were quite conspicuous.
The call was different to the sweet chip note I'm used to for Mourning Warbler: it was harsher and rougher, but still a chip note. The yellowish throat made me doubt... but then I saw that this is quite variable (and some photos in the web show this feature in immature males MacGillivray's Warblers). The broken eye-ring was definitively more prominent than those of the female and immature Mourning Warblers, and the gray surrounding the throat made a complete breast band above the yellow belly, all consistent with MacGillivray's Warbler... my life MacGillivray's Warbler!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
posted by darién - 8:07 PM
Friday, February 7, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I took this picture on my friend Jon Kryzmanich's property in Bucaro. Jon was with me at the time and also got a very good look at the eagle. Jon has about 70 hectares and we were walking the back of the property and came upon this bird sitting on a fence post. We were very close when it flew off and the noise of its flight was so loud that I knew immediately that it wasn't a "normal" bird. It flew into a nearby tree and Jon and I were able to get right below it. It took off after about 10 minutes. Unfortunately I only had a point and shoot camera so this is the best picture I got.This is the first record of Harpy Eagle from the whole of the Pacific Slope of Panama west of Pacora, and it's not like they're common on the Costa Rica side, either: the closest population in the Osa Peninsula.
posted by darién - 6:19 AM
Monday, February 3, 2014
On the morning of Wednesday, January 29, Kent Livezy found a Tody Motmot at Calle Maipo. Since then, it has been seen at the same area a number of times. It has been about 75-100 m down from the trailhead, on both sides of the trail.
Found the bird! I waited for ages at the right place but apparently at the wrong time. Walked the rest of Calle Maipo, walked back and heard it call at the right place just once! It flew briefly from its normal habitat of dank undergrowth up into a small tree, and I got photos. Thanks again. This only the second time I have seen this bird — ever. The first was in Cana, where it sat stolidly in a dark corner and we could not even see the colour on it.On the morning of Sunday February 2, Cindy and Les Lieurance and Judy Miller (visiting from US) photographed it at the same area, in the first steep section on the left side of Maipo. The bird called once in response to a single playback.
We have an extensive patch of bamboo at our house and upon investigation I found a pair there today, and got photos of the male. The bamboo is at the far end of the clearing down the slope from the terrace on the left of the house. The male responded to my tape from the Damani Wetlands, and made another call which I recorded and shall put on Xeno-Canto. I took photos and made a very shaky hand-held video of the male calling, to go on the Internet Bird Collection.
posted by darién - 6:51 AM
I have never seen this before in a lance-tailed manakin. Anyone any idea or suggestion?