Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 8, 2018

Santander Colombia

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Bucaramanga Birding

I caught the all night bus from Santa Marta last night. I surprised myself by sleeping most of the way, but I was not comfortable. I got into Bucaramanga at 5:30am and had an omelette and a cup of hot chocolate. I still have not had a decent cup of coffee today. No wonder I feel so tired. Anyhoo, after brekky I found a bus, hopped off, caught another one to Bosconia and found my hostel. It is a nice spot by the Surata River.

Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta)

After unpacking the camera, I went for a walk up the road and found a few new birds.

Lesser Elaenia
Lesser Elaenia (Elaenia chiriquensis)

Thick-billed Euphonia
Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris)

9261 Unknown seedeater
9261 Unknown seedeater

9328 Unknown Seedeater
9328 Unknown Seedeater

9132 Unknown flycatcher
9132 Unknown flycatcher

Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Bucaramanga bird list

Lesser Elaenia (Elaenia chiriquensis)
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta)
Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris)
Saffron Finch
Black Vulture
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

July 6, 2018

Minca Colombia

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Minca in the Morning

I got up at 6am and went for a walk up the hill. Then I came back down again to look for the Hotel Minca, which I found but not much there. I found a road just next to the hotel, so I wandered up there for a while. I came back to my hostel, had breakfast and wandered up the other road. I kept running into a group with a birding guide so I guess I must have been on the right tracks. I was stoked to find a little birding field guide booklet at the coffee shop.

Crested Orpendola
Crested Orpendola (Psarocollus decumanus) – Oropendola crestada

I found a tree with a heap of Orpendola nests.

Black-chested Jay
Black-chested Jay (Cyanocorax affinis) – Carraqui Pechinegro

The Black-chested Jays had nests in there too, I think.

 Pale-breasted Thrush
Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas) – Mirla Buchiblanca

I think this is correct. It was a bit dark when I took the photos, so the quality is not good.

Swallow Tanager  - male and female
Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis) – Azulejo tersina – male and female

I got both male and female by accident. I saw a flash of blue while eating breakfast so I took a shot. I thought it might have been a Blue-gray Tanager. doh!

 Shiny Cowbird  - male
Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus banariensis) – Chamon Comun – male

Both male and female were hanging on the wires. They must have been linesmen of the county. 😉

Shiny Cowbird  - female
Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus banariensis) – Chamon Comun – female

flycatcher
flycatcher ?

Not sure at all what this is. These flycatchers are hard to identify sometimes. I am going with Acadian Flycatcher.

Bicolored Wren
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)

Rufous-capped Warbler
Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) – Aranero Cabecirrufo

It was really dark in a gully where this Rufous-capped Warbler was. I tried the flash but it blew out his eyes.

Grayish Saltator
Grayish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens) – Guayabero gris

These have weird bent tongues just like the grackles.

leaping squirrel
Squirrel

Acadian Flycatcher ???
Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas) – Mirla Buchiblanca
Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis) – Azulejo tersina – male and female
Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus banariensis) – Chamon Comun
Black-chested Jay (Cyanocorax affinis) – Carraqui Pechinegro
Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) – Aranero Cabecirrufo
Crested Orpendola (Psarocollus decumanus) – Oropendola crestada
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
Black Vulture
Tropical Kingbird
Grayish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens) – Guayabero gris
Social Flycatcher

July 5, 2018

Sierra Nevada Mountains

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Minca – Sierra Nevada Mountains

Getting up the mountains to Minca was pretty easy. The colectivo called at our hostel, they chucked the bags on top and away we went. Got off at the depot and walked a little way up the hill to the hostel. Done.

Squirrel Cuckoo
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)

In the afternoon, I took a walk up the mountain towards Mundo Nuevo. To say it was disappointing would be an understatement. There were very few birds. And only two new ones. This Squirrel Cuckoo was a nightmare to photograph. He kept hiding behind leaves and hopping about like a hyperactive honeyeater.

Lesser Goldfinch  - male
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) – male

There were lots in a dead tree along the track.

Lesser Goldfinch  - female
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) – female

The female is a lot plainer.

 Palm Tanager
Palm Tanager

Orange-chinned Parakeet
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)

Carib Grackle
Carib Grackle

Minca bird list

Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Carib Grackle
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)

July 4, 2018

Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama Colombia

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Nicaragua to Colombia

It has been ages since I sorted out my tourist photos. So here we go.

San Juan del Sur - Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Things were getting pretty bad in Nicaragua. Most of the roads were blocked and food and petrol was running out. So I got a shuttle to Liberia in Costa Rica and headed up to the hills after that.

Monteverde - Costa Rica
Monteverde – Costa Rica

Looking towards the coast from the mountains. It was nice and cool up there.

Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio

After the mountains I hit the coast of Costa Rica.

Me in Panama
Birdwatcher in Panama

This is me at Gualaca, east of David in Panama.

Panama City
Panama City

This is looking out to the head of the Panama Canal on the Pacific Ocean side. There were lots of ships waiting out there.

Cartagena - Colombia
Cartagena – Colombia

I flew from Panama City to Cartagena in Northern Colombia. It does not rain as much down here.

July 3, 2018

Northern Colombia Part Three

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Bolivariano Museum Santa Marta

This morning I went late to the museum just up the road. I found out that the odd looking grackles were Carib Grackles.

Carib Grackle
Carib Grackle (Quiscalus lugubris)

“The Carib grackle is a New World tropical blackbird, a resident breeder in the Lesser Antilles and northern South America east of the Andes, from Colombia east to Venezuela and north-eastern Brazil.” (Wikipedia).

Scaled Dove
Scaled Dove (Columbina squammata)

Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove (Columbina minuta)

White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

According to the bird lists, these are not supposed to be here. But here it is.

yellow-headed caracara
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima)

The local name for the Yellow-headed Caracara is Pigua or Gavilan Pio-pio.

Bicolored Wren
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)

butterfly
Butterfly

A lot of these very pretty butterflies were hanging out near a mosquito-infested swamp. I got out of there as soon as I could.

Santa Marta bird list
Carib Grackle (Quiscalus lugubris)
Scaled Dove (Columbina squammata)
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove (Columbina minuta)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
orange-chinned parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)
Yellow Oriole
Russet-throated Puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis)
Blue-gray Tanager
Turkey Vulture
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima) Pigua or Gavilan Pio-pio

https://ebird.org/vt/hotspot/L3491234?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec – bird list for the area.

Northern Colombia Birding

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Santa Marta Museum

This morning I caught the bus from Cartagena to Baranquilla, then changed to a bus to Santa Marta. After a dinner of fish, I found my hostel, had a shower and a lie down, then proceeded to explore my surroundings. There were heaps of Red-crowned Woodpeckers and Grayish Saltators just in the street outside.

red-crowned woodpecker
red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus)

After a few photos, I sussed out the busses up the road, then went across the roundabout to have a look at some scrub. It turned out to be the grounds of a museum.
“The red-crowned woodpecker is a resident breeding bird from southwestern Costa Rica south to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and Tobago. This woodpecker occurs in forests and semi-open woodland and cultivation.” (wiki)

Yellow-crowned Parrot
Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala)

This Yellow-crowned Parrot was just sitting up in a tree chilling out. All by his lonesome.

Yellow Oriole
Yellow Oriole ( Icterus nigrogularis)

And I was very surprised to see this Yellow Oriole. I have seen so many orioles in Central America. I am not sure if I have seen them all.

Russet-throated Puffbird
Russet-throated Puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis)

This Russet-throated Puffbird just jumped on a branch right in front of me so I had to take his photo.

Bicolored Wren
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)

And another wren. I have not seen that many wrens to be honest.

iguana
Iguana

This iguana was really creepy looking.

Santa Marta bird list

red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus)
Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala)
Yellow Oriole ( Icterus nigrogularis)
Russet-throated Puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis)
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)
greyish saltator (Saltator coerulescens)
Brown-throated Parakeet
Tropical Kingbird
Great-tailed Grackle
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima)

July 1, 2018

First Day In Colombia

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Cartagena Colombia

I flew into Cartagena yesterday and this morning I took a bus to La Boquilla, a wetland a couple of kilometers north. It was a very good morning. Although there were a few hassles getting around and finding some mulga.

Spectacled Parrotlet
Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus)

Brown-throated Parakeet
Brown-throated Parakeet (Eupsittula pertinax)

 yellow-headed caracara
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima)

Savanna Hawk
Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis)

Pearl Kite
Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii)

Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Great Egret
Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Large Billed Tern
Large Billed Tern (Phaetusa simplex)

Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)

Common Ground-dove
Common Ground-dove (Columbina passerina)

Eared Dove
Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)

Smooth-billed Ani
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)

Cattle Tyrant
Cattle Tyrant (Machetornis rixosa)

Cartagena bird list

Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus)
Brown-throated Parakeet (Eupsittula pertinax)
Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis)
Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii)
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Common Ground-dove (Columbina passerina)
Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
Large Billed Tern (Phaetusa simplex)
Southern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
Cattle Tyrant (Machetornis rixosa)
White Ibis
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola)
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Lesser Yellow-faced Vulture??
Magnificent Frigatebird
Brown Pelican
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)

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