Mostrando las entradas de noviembre, 2000

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo at El Valle

Raúl Arias de Para reports that a Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo was seen by Danilo in the woods around Chorro El Macho, El Valle.

Green Thorntail at Cerro Azul

Rosabel Miró and Darién Montañez had brief views of a female Green Thorntail at the gardens of the Kaufmann Cerro Azul Villa. The bird flew across the garden and perched atop a tall tree, facing us, in not-so-good light for a few seconds. Its black throat and belly contrasted strongly with the white malar streaks and flank patches. The stripe across its back was not seen.

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle at Cerro Azul

Bill Porteous, Indra Candanedo, Henry Stockwell, Marianne Akers and Karl Kaufmann spent about 5 minutes observing a Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle from the patio of the Kaufmann residence in Cerro Azul. The bird was perched sideways to the viewers in a tree about 15 m away and was partially obscured by branches. The bird was the size of a large hawk, had a white head with a small black crest. It had very prominent black lores, the black extending back round the eye. The bill was black with an orange cere. The underparts were all white, and the back was black. The legs were feathered white to the toes, which were bright yellow. There was no barring present, which distinguishes it from a juvenile Ornate Hawk-Eagle as does the orange cere and black mask. The cere and mask also distinguish it from the light morph juvenile Grey-headed Kite.

Ornate Hawk-Eagle at Santa Fe

Bill Porteous reports a pair of Ornate Hawk-Eagles at Santa Fe, seen on the road towards Rio Luis beyond Alto de Piedra. At around 8am on a warm sunny morning they rose from the forest, circled a few times, and disappeared over the next crest. The wings were broad and very rounded and the tail long with at least two bands, which were white on the undersurface. From below, the body was heavily barred and darker than the underwings, while the dorsal surface appeared all dark, apart from the nape and neck sides, which were bright orange-tawny.