More shots by Baja Birders in Cuba

Don’t remember if I mentioned earlier that Debbie and I took something like 7-8k photos in Cuba.  We whittled those down to 225 pictures like this of a Cuban Emerald Hummingbird.

Cuban Emerald Hummingbird

Cuban Emerald Hummingbird

These birds seemed to be fairly common but the other Cuban hummingbird species, the Bee Hummingbird was far less abundant and being only 2 inches long, much harder to photograph.  Debbie managed to get this shot-

Cuban Bee Hummingbird

Cuban Bee Hummingbird

We must say, one of the finest days of photography in Cuba included taking pics of this Cuban Tody.  A tiny little bird almost hummingbird like.

Cuban Tody

Cuban Tody

The Cuban Trogan is the national bird of Cuba.  This bird has all the colors of the cuban flag on it.

Cuban Trogan

Cuban Trogan

What a beautiful bird!

Cuban Trogan

Cuban Trogan

One day, while waiting for the Blueheaded Quail Dove to appear, I was fascinated to watch this Great Lizard Cuckoo hunting for a meal.  He came down out of the trees and was searching for something on the ground.

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Great Lizard Cuckoo

He stopped and spread his wing out over a small piece of wood for 5 minutes or so and kept peeking underneath.  What’s he up to?

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Great Lizard Cuckoo

He reaches down and grabs something and gobbles it down.

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Great Lizard Cuckoo

I think the bird was fooling a nocturnal bug or lizard to show it’s self  in the shadow of it’s wing.  Off he goes-

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Great Lizard Cuckoo

This Stygian Owl, a very rare bird, was found by Chino roosting up in a tree.  I never like to frighten an animal but the bird just sat there with it’s eyes closed.  Not much of a pose!  Squeaking my fingers on my teeth didn’t impress it at all and I’m not going to throw a stick near it to wake it up sooo….I meowed like a little house cat.  It worked and the owl opened it’s eyes.

Stygian Owl

Stygian Owl

One more little, wimpy cry and the Owl turned it’s head to try to figure out where the cat was.  Great shots and we’re gone.

Stygian Owl

Stygian Owl

Birding Cuba is a great, rewarding adventure, life is good- Happy Birding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to More shots by Baja Birders in Cuba

  1. LottaTidbits says:

    What an awesome 10 days with my Oly! We were up at 5:30 every day, returning in time to have dinner and hit the sac and do it all over again the next day. Great study on the Cuban birds. 23 endemics in Cuba and we were so fortunate to get 18 of them. And we left this with Chino…..AWESOME!!

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