Aug 312012
 
Gulls Are Scavengers

Gulls are scavengers, we are used to seeing them in parking lots eating what people have thrown out of their cars. However, they loved eating what the waters bring up out of the ocean, stream or lakes. I have photographed gulls eating quahogs, crabs, and even birds. Today’s photograph is that all of a herring […]

Aug 312012
 
Best Photo of the Week Ended 25 Aug 2012

We are pleased to announce the winners of our most recent “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is shared between Ron McCombe for “Bohemian Waxwing” and Glenn Bartley for “Acorn woodpecker”; Third Prize is awarded to Maria Firpi for “Black-crowned Night Heron”. See images below with links to the original articles. The voting […]

Aug 292012
 
Good Birding on the Guacimo Road

Trip reports from other birders and birding tours are a fantastic resource for planning a trip. Read enough detailed trip reports and you can pretty much plan your own tour. Most people will still be better off by hiring a guide and/or an experienced ground agent but trip reports can at least give you a […]

Aug 292012
 
Jumping Lichen Spider?

Over the past couple of weeks I have been seeing a curious-looking spider hanging horizontally and upside-down, paralleling a branch and suspended along a single line of silk. This posture was exclusively nocturnal and suggested the spider was hoping to attract insects that rest upon silken threads. With legs flexed , the overfall appearance (under […]

Aug 292012
 
Western Scrub-Jays Bring Their Young to the Pond

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) photo by Larry Jordan TheWestern Scrub-Jay(Aphelocoma californica) is a non-migratory bird belonging to the more than 120 species of Corvids, considered the mostintelligent of all birds. Click on photos for full sized images. They inhabit scrub and dry woodlands of predominately oak and piñion pine but also suburban habitats in western […]

Aug 292012
 
The Watchful Eye of the Great White Egret

The Great White Egret, along with several other egrets and herons, are masters of stalking and rely on their eyesight and strategic planning to catch their prey. If they must wait motionless for several minutes and hours, they will do so. They wait for the moment, and then strike. Their inner biological clock has programmed […]

Aug 282012
 
Isle of Mull

I have just returned from a week-long trip to the Isle of Mull, an Inner Hebridean Island off the West coast of Scotland. It has to be said, that after only one week I have utterly fallen in love with the Island and hope to return as soon as possible. The trip was organised by […]