Baja birders say goodbye to Oaxaca

Oaxaca Mexico is a land of high mountains, ocean front and valleys.  A wide range of habitats.  We found this river and decided to stop and take a look.

River in Oaxaca

River in Oaxaca

I’m so glad we did because it was there that I photographed my first Amazon Kingfisher.  This bird was so far away I had to balance my Canon T2i on the bridge to shoot it.  Even then, the bird insisted on staying in the shadows of a huge tree.  I guess this Kingfisher was about 500 feet away from me.

Amazon Kingfisher

Amazon Kingfisher

While my darling Debbie went off somewhere with the guide (hmmm?), I stayed put waiting for the Amazon to work it’s way closer.  I heard this squawking noise coming from the air and getting closer.  I look up to see parakeets flying into a nearby tree.  This is a White-fronted Parakeet.  Maybe 50 or so birds in this flock and what a racket!

White-fronted Parakeet

White-fronted Parakeet

As I look back to the river I see a bird I’m familiar with.  We have these Black Phoebes near fresh and brackish water in Baja.  Again, this bird was pretty far away but I had to shoot before it got away.

Black phoebe

Black phoebe

Back at one of the lodges we stayed at I went for a walk.  This beautiful Emerald Toucanet landed in a nearby tree.  I think this is the only time I have ever seen this bird.  Wow, just look at the colors!

Emerald Toucanet

Emerald Toucanet

While driving out in the country, we spotted some bird activity.   It was a pair of White-collard Towhees.  Carefully I approached as these are very shy birds and patience paid off, rewarding me with this photo.

White-collared towhee

White-collared towhee

Debbie and I both hope you have a chance to visit Oaxaca if you haven’t already.  Wonderful people, great food and fantastic birding.  We won’t soon forget this place.  Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie.

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2 Responses to Baja birders say goodbye to Oaxaca

  1. mom says:

    OH———-AFTER I WENT BACK AND STUDIED IT, I SEE THAT IS HIS TAIL AND HE IS SITTING BACKWARD——-WOW

  2. mom says:

    BEAUTIFUL BIRDS, AS USUAL——–WHAT A BEAK ON THAT EMERALD TOUCANEK———–IS THAT THE BOTTOM PART OF THE BEAK THAT HE HAS HIS WING THROUGH ?? THE BEAK IS BIGGER THAN THE BIRD. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SEEN MORE OF IT !!

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