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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.