March 27, 2012

Some end of season highlights

Amanda had caught a pair of these a couple of months ago, but I had yet to see one until yesterday, when we caught two, including this young male, which was still filling in the patchy spots of his beard. Violet-crowned Woodnymph
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Also a new bird for us, the Checker-throated Antwren! We caught a pair, the checkery throated one being the male, and the other we were not sure about. It could have been a young male or an adult female, a conflict of ages and sexes that often occurs.
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White-collared Manakins are definitely the most commonly captured bird here in Tortuguero. They're nice birds, but can get old, as most of them are either young, or female, leaving us without the good looks and white collar of the aptly named male. Until yesterday, we had only caught 2 or 3 males in three months, but somehow ended up with four for the day.
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As a nice change to the usual we caught our third Red-capped Manakin of the year a few days ago. Though not the brilliant red of the adults, this young male gave us a look at the start of manakin manhood.
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This post makes me realize how much I love pale-eyed birds.

1 comment:

  1. What a F#$%ing beautiful bird (Violet-crowned Woodnymph)

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