At the beginning of this year, a member of one of the birding forums I belong to encouraged other members to make a list. A list of 5 birds to become a goal for any one member to photograph in 2015. I thought this was a great idea and I set a lofty goal to shoot the 5 birds I had always wanted to. At the time, I wasn’t even thinking about Oaxaca or even being able to see all 5 birds on one birding trip. Surprise, surprise! This first blog about our birding adventures in Oaxaca and the things we saw will include all 5 of my target birds for 2015. Luck, chance, fate; whatever you may call it, my birds were there.
The diversity of flora and fauna in Oaxaca is pleasing and curious. Check out this cactus growing flat on the ground covered with tender flowers.
One of my target birds was this Fan-tailed Warbler. My darling Debbie was able to capture this bird under very difficult shooting conditions. To photograph this warbler we had to develop a strategy. This bird was only to be found in one particular, small area. It was cloudy and raining the day we first saw it and the photos we took were the pits. Way too dark and distant. We decided to come back to the same spot the next day, hoping for more light. We did and Debbie knew how to position herself for the best opportunity to use the little light we had. She got the shots, go Debbie!
The rural areas of the state were full of character. Casual is an understatement.
Another one of my targets, the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. We could hear this owl calling so we called back and this tiny bird flew in close for a look.
One more bird on my list was the Doubleday’s Hummingbird. A dark-colored bird that seemed to enjoy hiding in the shadows. Hard to find a lot of info about this hummer but I think it is a split off the Broad-billed Hummingbirds.
I found this waterfall refreshing just to stare at in the middle of the day. How peaceful.
Bird number 4 is the Orange-breasted Bunting. Just take a look at this bird. What do they say? “Beauty is all around us”.
Last but not least, the Happy Wren. Honestly, I chose this bird to be on my list because of it’s name. I had to see a Happy Wren.
Our guide, Benito Hernandez is the best. Not only did he know his birds and where to find them, he is also a cultural expert and always interesting to be with. He drove us all over the Oaxacan mountains, beaches, valleys, etc; I consider myself to be an extreme birder and there was no quit in this man. Once in a while, in the heat of the day, Debbie would take a break. I was there to be bird-crazy and Benito was always ready for more.
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