Thursday, November 08, 2012

Baja Birds

I'm not a serious bird watcher, but I enjoy seeing and photographing birds. Here's a list of some of the ones we saw on this trip (as far as I could identify them). It didn't seem like we'd seen that many different kinds until I started listing them.

(click on the name of the bird for more information, click on the photos for a larger view)

American Oystercatcher
American OystercatcherI love the bright red beak and eyes.

Belted Kingfisher
We saw kingfishers a few times, but never got a good look. I'm guessing the type from the range and the sound of its call.

Blue-footed Booby & Brown Booby
Blue-footed Boobies
We saw these in Galapagos as well. Their blue feet seem so improbable. It's fun to watch them dive bombing into the water to catch fish.

Brown Pelican
Brown pelican
These are common but I still like them. They seem to have a lot of character!

Chihuahuan Raven
There were hardly any crows or ravens, but we saw a pair on our kayaking trip. They looked and sounded more like ravens than crows, but they were smaller so I'm guessing they were Chihuahuan Ravens.

Costa's Hummingbird
I'm guessing at the identification. We could have been seeing several kinds.

Crested Caracara
We just saw one of these, sitting on a telephone pole, as we drove by.

Double-crested Cormorants
Lots around. Hard to identify the type of cormorant when they are sitting low in the water in the distance. Easier to get a better look when they are out of the water.

Gila Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Usually saw these on the palm trees in Loreto. They had a distinctive call that would alert you to look for them.

Greater Roadrunner
Saw a couple of these when we were driving. Just brief glimpses but their shape is distinctive. I was happy to finally see them, but I'd like a better look

Magnificent Frigatebird
Frigate birds and cormorant
Lots of these around. Easy to identify by their distinctive wing outline when they're flying.

Osprey with fish
We saw a number of these and their nests on poles and cliffs. Also saw a couple of them flying with fish they'd caught.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Royal Tern
Royal tern


Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Turkey Vulture
UntitledThese are everywhere in Baja. Beautiful flyers, but their bald red heads are something only a mother could love!

A few more miscellaneous bird photos from the trip:

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