Baja Birders visit San Blas, Mexico. Part 1, mangroves.

Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Debbie and I made the decision to get out of this record cold and wind spell we’re having here in Los Barriles and go somewhere warm.  After much research on Debbie’s part, we chose to go birding in San Blas over on the mainland.  The details of the trip will come later because dearest Debbie took lots of notes and being the “Lotta Tidbits” she is you won’t be disappointed.  I’m going to move along to some of the photos we took (like 3,000+/-) of the birds.  Please keep in mind we were only there for a week and there is so much to see and it’s hard to get the best shots of so many beautiful birds.  Photo on the left: Great-tailed Grackles live all over town, singing and singing to our delight.

First day, off to the mangroves by panga we go.  Our guide, legendary Mark Stackhouse arranged for us to depart the little port and head upstream in a quiet boat on a private tour.  We saw Limpkins galore.

Likpkin

Limpkin

The mangroves  were teaming with birdlife.  The boat was so quiet we were able to get closeup to much of what we saw.  Like this Tri-colored Heron fishing.

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

And a White Ibis checks us out from mangrove branches.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Here’s one of his cousins we saw, a White-faced Ibis.

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Yellow-crowned Night Herons were a sight to see!

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

We took photos of Wood storks.  This is a young bird trying to figure things out, cute.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

We were dazzled by Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

And Reddish Egrets

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

At one place where we were trying to shoot a White-throated Flycatcher (later), I got this creepy feeling someone was watching us.  Looking around, all I could see was birds.  Then I see him!  “Debbie, check this out”.  No, she’s too busy being focused, (or focusing) to look to see what I’m babbling about.  In and amongst the Greater Yellowlegs and Black-necked Stilts theres a gull, a Ring-billed Gull.  He’s giving me this look of complete distain and annoyance.  Geeze…….What did I do?  See for yourself;

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Try to remember, we’re going to be at Palmas de Cortez for the fair March 24th with books to sell.  Tell your friends, bring your brother, his wife and the kids, supply is limited.

 

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5 Responses to Baja Birders visit San Blas, Mexico. Part 1, mangroves.

  1. mom says:

    SO————you birded by boat————what fun !!!!!!!!! My favorite bird was the Limpkin. What a beautiful bird. Would have been great to have been with you.
    Who took care of Chica ? LOVE, MOM

  2. mom says:

    So———in a boat evennnnnn———-My favorite is the Limpkin. Beautiful bird.

  3. sharbythesea says:

    love the photos….so glad you had a great birding experience…can’t wait to hear all the details

  4. hburgin says:

    Nice! Really like the photo of the Tri-colored Heron. Looks like you had great birding.

  5. Oly says:

    great photos!!

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