Hummingbirds In Baja California Sur, Mexico

Every day we walk the arid canyons and hills around Danzante Bay along the Sea of Cortez. The sparse vegetation has many cacti and some flowering shrubs. Surprisingly, we see hummingbirds out here on a regular basis which we did not expect.

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At Villa Del Palmar where we are staying, they have flowering plants that attract the hummingbirds on a regular basis. There are two species that we have identified. The Xantus’ and the Costa’s hummingbirds.

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Costa’s Hummingbird
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Xantus’ Hummingbird

Hummingbirds proved difficult to photograph as they don’t stay still for very long. To get closeup shots we shot at 600mm with our 150-600mm lens. With such a narrow field of view, it takes time to find the hummingbirds. After you find it the next step is to focus on the bird but most of the time the hummingbird has decided to move to the next flower. They zip around from flower to flower in a very irregular pattern.

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Costa’s Hummingbird

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Xantus’ Hummingbird

The key to getting these photos was patience and taking lots of photos (most of them were discarded). Hopefully, you will enjoy these beautiful little birds.Hummingbird7

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Xantus’ Hummingbird
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Costa’s Hummingbird
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Xantus’ Hummingbird
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Costa’s Hummingbird

Birds: Often Overlooked In The Serengeti

Okay, we know everyone thinks of lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes and leopards: the big animals. While working on our animal photos it became apparent that there were lots of bird photographs. 29 different species to be exact! Of course we want to give the illusion we are intelligent so onto the internet we go to find bird names 🙂 Three of the species below we could not find a matching photograph anywhere. Enjoy the birds and if you see we have labelled a species incorrectly or know the species we have as unknown, then let us know in the comments section.

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Black-Headed Heron
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Usambiro Barbet
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Helmeted Guinea Fowl
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Lilac-Breasted Roller
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Coqui Francolin

 

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Auger Buzzard
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Common Ostrich: Male
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Common Ostriches: Female
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Egyptian Goose
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Spotted Crake?
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Greater Flamingoes
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Lesser Flamingoes
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Unknown
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African White-Backed Vulture
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Superb Starling
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Unknown Pigeon or Dove: Ngorongoro Crater
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Yellow-Billed Stork. Note the crocodile in bottom of picture
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White-headed Buffalo Weaver
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African Spoonbill
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Red-Necked Spurfowl
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Great White Pelican
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Blacksmith Lapwing
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Cattle Egret
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Rufous-tailed Weaver
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Southern Ground Hornbill
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Unknown Weaver: Female
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Kori Bustard
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Spekes Weaver
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Black-winged Stilt
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Marabou Stork

 

 

 

Birds of Grand Cayman

We chose Grand Cayman as a good location to lay low and recharge after a  very busy field season with our business.  Our intention was to snorkel, go for walks and learn about our cameras. Since we decided not to take our underwater housings, all of our photos are on land.  We discovered that Grand Cayman is an amazing spot if you are interested in birds.

We stayed at the Morritt’s Grand Resort on the east end which is the quieter end of Grand Cayman. Our unit was beautiful, roomy & functional with a full kitchen.

A few more photos of the resort:

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Most days we enjoyed beautiful sunrises & sunsets

We had daily visits from a very nosy Greater Antillean Grackle 🙂

The number and variety of birds we were able to photograph was incredible. Although we are not bird experts we took the time to look these up and we believe they are all correctly named. Here are the types of birds we saw:

Smooth-Billed Ani

Bananquit

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Little Blue Heron

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Yellow Crowned Night Heron

American Bittern

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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Cuban Bull Finch

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Giant Kingbird

West Indian Woodpecker after a heavy downpour

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Ruddy Turnstone

Magnificent Frigatebird

Northern Mockingbird

Cayman Parrots (our favourite!)

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