Thursday, June 29, 2017
This hummingbird was identified by our birding guide as a Green-throated Mango. We have not added it to our Photographic Life List because it is not a recognizable photo, due to it being silhouetted. However, I thought it was an interesting enough photo to put on the blog.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
We can ID this dove as a White-tipped Dove by its blue eye-ring, yellow iris, red legs, black bill, brown upperparts and wings, whitish underparts, white forehead and rufous underwing coverts. It should be noted that the eye-ring is typically red in most of the White-tipped Dove's range, but is blue in most of the Amazon, Northern South America and Trinidad & Tobago.
The White-tipped Dove is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 591.
We can ID this pigeon as a Pale-vented Pigeon by its overall dull pink wash, dull purple head, gray lower underparts and reddish eye ring.
The Pale-vented Pigeon is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 590.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Although this Ruddy Turnstone is mostly in nonbreeding plumage, it is just starting to molt into breeding plumage. You can see the chestnut color of the breeding plumage starting to appear.
This Streaked Flycatcher picked an interesting place to put its nest: the hollow top of a electric pole. The flycatcher probably built it's nest on top of the bolt just below the top of the pole. In the first photo you can see the adult flycatcher on top of the pole and the beak of the chick sticking out of the top of the pole. In the second photo you can see the beaak and top of the head sticking out.
After driving into the Main Ridge Forest Reserve we came across the sign in the second photo. The James Path of the second photo was named after our Tobago birding guide's (our guide's name was Gladwyn James) father. Further along we stopped, after lunch, at the Gilpin Trace trail. This is one of the main trails in the reserve for sighting birds.
The Blue-backed Manakin is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 589a.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The first two photos show all the birders on this birding trip to Trinidad & Tobago (from left to right): Ed, Eleanor, Bill, Dan, Sharon and George. The third photo shows our local guide, Ed and Dan. In the fourth and fifth photos, Bill is taking photos of a nest with chicks. The last photo shows the boat we came in.
We can ID these seabirds as Red-footed Bobbies. There are two morphs shown in these photos: the white morph and the brown morph. Both morphs have red legs and bluish bills. The white morph is generally white with the primaries and tips of secondaries black. The brown morph is generally brownish, but depending on the light it can appear gray, etc.
The Red-footed Booby is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 589.
We can ID this bird as a Red-billed Tropicbird by its very long tail feathers, generally white color with a dark stripe through eye, reddish bill and white wings with some black on the outer primaries.
The Red-billed Tropicbird is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 588.
We can ID this bird as a Brown-crested Flycatcher by its grayish-brown upperparts, darker brown head, rufous on tail, pale gray throat, large heavy bill, short brown crest and two wing bars (you can just make out small portions of the wing bars on the left and right of the bird).
The Brown-headed Flycatcher is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 587.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Audobon Shearwater breeds from January to April on Little Tobago, during which time it uses nests like this burrow. This burrow is known to host an Audobon Shearwater. After breeding they spend the rest of the year at sea.