Sunday, April 7, 2019

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) - 17Jan2017

Larophiles (people who love gulls) have a special place in their heart for Herring Gulls.  They are one of the most variable species out there.  They have variation in years/cycles, local variation, winter vs summer plumage and also they have a penchant for hybridization.  Some day I will post a series showing the variation, but for now here is a third winter Herring from Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) - 09Jan2017 & 01Jan2018

I know what you are thinking, why not call it a Ring-billed Duck?  Good question.  It does in fact have a ring around it's neck but unless you are a hunter and have one in hand, you probably would never see it.  Here is one from Wilmington.

Here is a female from Wilmington too.

Gadwall (Mareca strepera) - 09Jan2017

From the Cornell website: "In a world where male ducks sport gleaming patches of green, red, or blue, the Gadwall’s understated elegance can make this common duck easy to overlook. Males are intricately patterned with gray, brown, and black; females resemble female Mallards, although with a thinner, darker bill. We don’t tend to think of ducks as pirates, but Gadwall often snatch food from diving ducks as they surface. This widespread, adaptable duck has dramatically increased in numbers in North America since the 1980s."

The first photo is from Veteran's Park in Wilmington and the second from Airlie Gardens.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Squirrel Cuckoo (playa cayana) - 29Nov2016

This was one of the last birds I saw in Costa Rica for this particular trip.  This photo was take at La Paz Waterfall Gardens near La Cinchona.

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) - 26Nov2016 and 13May2017

A couple more weeks and I will be reveling in the sounds of Summer Tanagers at my favorite springtime birding spot at Howell Woods.  Here is one from Costa Rica at La Cinchona.

Here is one from Wilmington, NC.

Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) - 23Oct2017

The Gray Hawk is a really classy hawk. The color scheme and patterning is just perfect.  I have seen these in Costa Rica, but these great looks were from the Lower Rio Grande Valley in TX.

Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) - 24Oct2017

I have seen these little kingfishers in Costa Rica before, but it was nice to get a ABA area tick.  This one was photographed in the lower Rio Grande Valley in TX.