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December 31, 2010

Best Bird of the Year 2010

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Best Bird of 2010

I saw a post on 10,000 birds about the best bird of 2010 so I was curious as to what defines the “best” bird of the year. I still do not understand it, mainly because I am not an obsessed twitcher, and I probably have a personal idea about what I like about birds and photographing them. I still do not know what is meant by best so I am looking through my photos of the year to see which one I liked best. The first ones that took my fancy were the photos of the Rainbow Bee-eaters at Bribie Island.

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater, Bribie Island

I love Rainbow Bee-eaters. Mainly because of their exotic and beautiful colouring and also the way they flitter around like supermodels who have no idea how wonderful they really are. The other bird at Bribie was the fantastic shots I got of the Scarlet Honeyeater. Maybe I just like pretty colours – the brighter the better.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater, Bribie Island

They were my Australian birds for the first half of the year. So then I went through my Argentina birds. My favourites were the Brown-hooded Gull, Tero and the American Kestrel I saw at Esquel.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel, Esquel, Argentina

Then I went through my Bolivian birds. There was not much in that lot, but I was stoked to get a photo of another lapwing, the Andean one. I had got photos of the Tero in Argentina. I seem to like getting a full set of families. I wanted to get photos of all the ibises as well, but missed the Black-necked [sic] one in Argentina.

Andean Lapwing
Andean Lapwing, Copacabana, Bolivia

My set of photos from Peru was going to be a difficult task as I had heaps of great birds in that collection. The Inca Tern is a stand-out in terms of beauty and exoticity.

Inca Tern
Inca Tern, Paracas, Peru

I loved seeing the American Oystercatcher as well as a Snowy Egret on the beach at Chicama. The Frigatebirds at Mancora rocked as well. But the stand-out performer for sheer excitement and the winner of the Best Bird of 2010 would have to be the Oasis Hummingbird. This one loved the flowers on the Aloe Vera plants near our hostel at Lobitos, just south of Mancora. I was hanging out to see some hummingbirds and this one did not disappoint. So, drum roll please.

Oasis hummingbird
Oasis Hummingbird, Lobitos, Peru


  1. Good job! Excellent shots. Lists like these are fortunately all subjective – but that makes it even more interesting to see!

    Comment by Klaus — December 31, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

  2. Inca Tern is stunning!!

    Comment by Cindy — December 31, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  3. Great birds, everyone of them.

    Comment by Marj Kibby — December 31, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

  4. Nice work Steve, I like the ‘theme’ used, not too ‘crowded’. Due to the wet-weather I’ve been playing with a new WP site showcasing the nature-photography of others, could you have a look and let me know if you think it’s OK (…and if you want to be ‘featured’!)

    Comment by Tom Tarrant — January 1, 2011 @ 9:35 am

  5. Thanks Klaus, Cindy and Marj.

    Tom, I will have a look at that site when i finish writing this.


    Comment by @steve_happ — January 1, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  6. I wanted to thank you for this great read! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have bookmarked this page to check out new stuff you post in future. Thanks a lot!

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