March 2011

Mexico’s Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve

Thumbnail image for Mexico’s Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve by Rich Hoyer 8 March 2011

This was only our second day in Chiapas, but the morning’s boat ride up the Rio Tzendales was to be voted the tour’s favorite outing by the group. Out at dawn and back for lunch, we took a boat up this beautiful small river, stopping whenever we saw bird action. Taking digiscoped photos from a […]

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What Spiderhunter is this?

Thumbnail image for What Spiderhunter is this? by DaleForbes 6 March 2011

Whilst visiting Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand last year, we found a Spiderhunter which exceeded my rather humble abilities to identify Asian birds. It was my first trip to southeast Asia and so you would think I would have hired a guide to show me around, but guides require planing ahead of time […]

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One bird – two names. Bitter feud in the Colombian ornithology/bird conservation scene.

Thumbnail image for One bird – two names. Bitter feud in the Colombian ornithology/bird conservation scene. by Gunnar 6 March 2011

Last May, the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partner in Colombia, Fundación ProAves, announced the discovery of a new species of Neotropical bird. ABC touted the feat as “remarkable” for being one of the first times a new species had been scientifically described from an individual captured, measured, photographed, and then released. For George Fenwick, head of ABC, it was a proud moment: The bird, Fenwick’s antpitta (Grallaria fenwickorum), was named in honor of his family.

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Birding and beaching with the family on Isla Palma resort, Colombia

Thumbnail image for Birding and beaching with the family on Isla Palma resort, Colombia by Gunnar 5 March 2011

My wife thought she had a cunning plan In my last post I mentioned a mystery Myiarchus (I shall give the answer below) on Isla Palma, Colombia where I spent some of our family holiday.  A two km long coral island with snow white beaches. A tropical all inclusive paradise resort  with free drinks and too […]

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Featured (UK) Bird Blogger of the Week~FAB

Thumbnail image for Featured (UK) Bird Blogger of the Week~FAB by dAwN FiNe 4 March 2011

Howdee all, Welcome friends to week 17 of…Drum roll please….. ~Featured Bird Blogger of the Week~ This week we cyber-travel to the  ninth largest island in the world, to visit our featured Bird Blogger Frank Boxell of The Early Birder. Frank started blogging just over two years ago following a chance meeting with a wildlife […]

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Pool-Side Show

Thumbnail image for Pool-Side Show by Rebecca Nason 3 March 2011

In 2006 I spent 2 weeks on a family holiday in Australia. The whole trip was fantastic, filled with long distance 4 x 4 driving, incredible scenery and some of the best birds to be seen anywhere in the world. One of the highlights for me was my first close encounter with a member of […]

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Day One of Chiapas: The Lacandon Rainforest and Maya Ruins

Thumbnail image for Day One of Chiapas: The Lacandon Rainforest and Maya Ruins by Rich Hoyer 1 March 2011

There’s something simply enchanting about birding amidst the ruins of past civilizations. Just don’t tell me too much about the history. Some people just find that it spoils the beauty of the place and the excitement of the birding to delve too deeply into the human stories that emanate from such places as Palenque, Bonampak, […]

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