Archive | “March, 2015

I’ll be giving a talk about the #Birds of #Panama. This afternoon at Huerta Grande, Strait of Gibraltar

Published March 28, 2015 in Field Notes

This afternoon, I will be giving a talk about the birds of Panama at Huerta Grande, Strait of Gibraltar. I will be showing some pictures and give an introduction about the natural history of this must-visit country. There will be interesting lectures and a friendly atmosphere. See you there! Esta tarde daré una charla sobre las Aves de Panamá, en Huerta Grande, Estrecho de Gibraltar. Mostrare algunas fotos y haré una breve introducción sobre la historia natural de este país de visita obligada. Va a haber ponencias interesantes y un buen ambiente. ¡Allí nos vemos!

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Black Vulture close-up in Costa Rica, handholding 300mm f/4

Published March 19, 2015 in Field Notes

Not the most attractive species to photograph, due to its abundance and… well, physical appearance and behavior, the Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), can make for some interesting portraits. Here I got very close to the subject with the vehicle and shot handholding the 300mm f/4 and extender. Because of the low light I went up to 1250 ISO, but the noise of the Canon 7D is not noticeable. If you want to hear the amazing sounds of the Black Vulture nestlings, that could well be a Red Dragon in the Middle Earth, go to the Cornell Website here:

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Northern Olingo see in Monteverde #mammals of #CostaRica

Published March 13, 2015 in Field Notes

Considering how difficult birding can be in the rainforest, it’s quite surprising how many mammals one gets to see while hiking in the jungle. Coatis, howler monkeys, sloths, tamanduas… all can be seen relatively easily on a trip to the Neotropics. Some other mammals are a little bit more difficult to see (all the cats, for instance) and it’s always a treat when one of those sits in the open for a few seconds. This Northern Olingo (Bassaricyon gabbii) was seen in Monteverde, Costa Rica, when he approached the hummingbird feeders to get its sugar fix. Olingos belong to the […]

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