Oaxaca 2. Our guide, Benito, knew these Baja birders were serious

about seeing our goal of at least 50 new birds.  However, he was always keen to point out interesting sights.  We passed this World Heritage Petroglyph situated off one of the main roads in Oaxaca.  (Just above the “BirdsWeSee.com” copyright stamp I can’t seem to move out of the way, sorry.

Petroglyphs in Oxaxca

Petroglyphs in Oxaxca

Think I’ll stick to the birds, for now anyway.  This Rose-breasted Becard proved especially difficult to photograph.  I can see why most of the sites on the internet featuring this bird only have drawings.  We got the shots!

Rose-breasted Becard

Rose-breasted Becard

Rose-breasted Becard

Rose-breasted Becard

 

Here’s a bird we have in the mountains of Baja.  If your familiar with Bushtits, you’ll notice something unusual about this one we photographed in Oaxaca.  Many of the Bushtits there have a black mask or “black ear”.  Kinda neat but it takes away from that “cute little bird” look of the Bushtits we’re used to seeing.

Black-eared Bushtit

Black-eared Bushtit

 

The bird pictured below is a Red-breasted Chat.  Another bird known by hard-core birders to be very difficult to photograph.  Just leave the task to my sweetheart, Debbie, no problem!

Red-breasted Chat

Red-breasted Chat

 

Cuckoo for cuckoos?  Following are photos of the Mangrove Cuckoo

Mangrove Cuckoo

Mangrove Cuckoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a Squirrel Cuckoo.

Squirrel Cuckoo

Squirrel Cuckoo

 

 

Now, for a really special treat.  Benito was down in the heavy brush looking for an owl we heard calling.  All-of-a-sudden he freaks out and calls quietly to us to come look.  He’s saying “your not going to believe this”!  There’s a Collard Forest Falcon perched right in front of him.  This is a raptor very few will ever see in person and I got so anxious.  We’re all trying to position ourselves to see and hopefully, shoot this bird.  It’s moving this way and that to different branches.  I see it, then I don’t.  “It’s moving toward you Debbie”!  “Can’t see it” she says.  This brush is really thick.  Finally I see the falcon!  Sadly,  I fire off a few shots.  Sadly because I knew the lighting was awful.  Then it flew, I pulled the trigger and got it.  Whew!!!

Collard Forest-Falcon

Collard Forest-Falcon

 

We all know House Finches, right?  The same House Finch we have in Baja is the same House Finch in Oaxaca but look at the difference in color.  The red is so intense.

House Finch, Oaxaca

House Finch, Oaxaca 

That’s all for today.  Gotta go watch the whales go by.  Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie!

 

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One Response to Oaxaca 2. Our guide, Benito, knew these Baja birders were serious

  1. Marinero says:

    Wonderful shots! You guys must be getting famous.

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