La Florida

January 21, 2009

AH… La Florida–but not the Florida where I am now for for the Space Coast Birding Festival.  But a flashback to Tamaulipas, Mexico last november near the El Cielo biosphere reserve where we headed down a dusty road.  We were in the dark driving past houses where the locals were selling tacos and school children where dressed in their uniforms headed for school. Back to a magical spot called La Florida. Where for three dollars a person you can hop aboard a boat and take a ride and see not only sun grebes but if you are lucky and alert a boat-billed heron hiding in the trees. Scanning the tangled vines we spotted this bird. He was facing away when we first spotted him. That posture made it easy to see that his bill was whitish below and just how much that bill looked like the bottom of a boat. Amazing. A well named bird. He turned his head and looked at us, striking the classic heron pose.

Boat Billed Heron

Cropped Boat Billed HeronBoat-Billed Heron --Head Crop

Photo by Jeff Gordon.

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Unusual Positions….

December 2, 2008

One of my favorite things to do--float in tropical spring water.

One of my favorite things to do--float in tropical spring water. Photo©Jim White

Ahhh Mexico. I saw squirrel cuckoos while floating.  Nothing like floating and birding.

It is not so good for birding by ear.

What is the most unusual position you’ve been in to bird?

The Military in Mexico

November 24, 2008

We had the best day in Juamave, Mexico watching the Military Macaws that come into town to eat the pecans that grow through out the town.  The people were all so delighted to share their birds in their Macaw Sanctuary.