Cycle of life – Is this who I think it is?

At first glance, this hawk sitting in a large tree near our home looked somewhat like a Red-shouldered, a species we see often here. But it surprised us that he just sat there and never moved a bit, even as we got very close. We soon realized why. . . . The hawk was being ‘buzzed’ mercilessly by at least four loud […]

Shy guy

It’s always exciting to spot a secretive American Bittern stalking around in the marsh. Unlike other herons who will often fly off when disturbed, the well-camouflaged Bittern will frequently stay right where it is, trying ever so hard to hide amongst the tall leaves. To enhance the effect of pretending to be part of the plant life, “alarmed birds ‘skypoint’, swaying […]

Little Gems

One of the most specatcular sights at Arenal Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica is the abundance and variety of hummingbirds~!! These tiny birds were buzzing about everywhere, every day, but, oh, so hard to photograph! As I mentioned in previous posts, our guide, Christian, was marvelous, but my memory for these particular species may be flawed. […]

Rosies always attend the Space Coast Birding Festival

Adult Roseate Spoonbill above and his younger juvenile friend below were in attendance. You can easily tell who’s who by the differences in the colors of their heads, necks, bills, and the intensity of their pink plumage.They always make quite a showing at the Space Coast Birding Festival💕. These lovelies were all seen on Black Point […]

Snowy Beauty at Merritt Island

I attended the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival for the second time this year, one of the largest birding festivals in the U.S.  Much of the Festival takes place close to one of my favorite birding spots, Merritt Island NWR, near Kennedy Space Center and Titusville, Florida.One of the birds frequently seen along Black Point Wildlife […]

Drizzly breakfast at Arenal Observatory Lodge

The Arenal Lodge provides fresh fruit pieces two or three times a day for the local birds to enjoy – but not TOO much or TOO often, lest birds become dependent on ‘hand-outs’. This male Yellow-throated Euphonia and his friends were looking a little forlorn at first when they didn’t see any treats laid out for them in […]

Sweet little Bananaquits~!

Bananaquits are unique, busy little birds.  Their classification is debated and it is now generally agreed that the Bananaquit belongs to its own family (FatBirder). We saw them often, forgaging among the shrubbery for flower nectar, fruits, and insects (Birds of Costa Rica, p. 324).These common residents of Costa Rica were frequent visitors to the gardens next to […]