Just a few iPhone shots from our awesome 3-night stay at the Arenal Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica 🇨🇷. Many thanks to our terrific guide, Christian, for teaching us so much – and for taking several shots with my phone through his spotting scope!
Great Blue Herons work diligently on building their new nests at this time of year, spending much of their day collecting and adding branches.I watched as Mr. GBH flew off to the woods, looking for just the right branch. He thought about taking this long, bulky stick back to the nest, but later decided against it in favor […]
This quiet little Green Heron stood almost perfectly still in the shadows. He was barely noticeable and never stirred from this spot. Only his head moved. I assumed he had one leg tucked under his body, as these birds often do. But it’s also possible that he was missing a limb. I’ve always been amazed by how […]
This thoughtful Wood Stork‘s shaggy appearance makes him look like a wise old bird. But his pale, pinkish bill and gray neck and head feathers tell us that he is a juvenile, and distinguish him from older Wood Storks, who have dark bills and bald, scaly heads (see the ID section on All About Birds – Wood Stork)The […]
iBird Plus describes the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher’s vocalization as “a distinctive, whining ‘pzzzz’ with a nasal quality”, and that’s exactly how I knew this little fellow was nearby.I was looking the other way when I heard that unmistakable squeaky call. I turned around was treated to the sight of this diminutive Gnatcatcher hopping about in full view!Gnatcatchers are non-stop foragers, […]
We encountered a lovely little group of Roseate Spoonbills the other day. This one scarcely lifted his head to look around before digging in again to gulp down some more brunch.Once the Spoonbill turned to face me directly, I couldn’t help but notice his girth (combined with the green duckweed clinging to his bill!). Now, […]
Such a perfect morning~! A wordless post. ☀️
I once thought the name of this bird was Little Green Heron because, well. . . . they’re so little, compared to all the large, tall wading Herons we see in the wetlands. As you can see by my Tag Cloud, I’ve written many blog posts about these photogenic Herons – they’re just so charming. Clever, […]
Are you familiar with the infamous plume trade that supplied the millinery industry just over 100 years ago? This sign at the entrance to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, near Naples, Florida, provides a glimpse into the history behind this practice . . . and, this incredible place. I cringe to think about it, but literally millions of […]
I spotted these two sweet, young adult Purple Gallinules the other day. . . . more colorful than their younger juvenile peers, but not yet as brilliant as they will be in their full adult colors. See this All ABout Birds comparison for more.