Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 15, 2018

Biotopo del Quetzal

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Ranchitos del Quetzal.

Before I get to Ranchitos del Quetzal, I had some photos left in my camera from my last day at Panajachel from the verandah of my apartamento. A male Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) attached itself to the tree in front of the house, so I had to take its photo.

Yellow Warbler - male
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) male

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) male has underparts with chestnut streaking. Underside of tail yellow. And so on to the Biotopo. I stayed one night in Guatemala City and got my bird book finally. Too bad it only covers me until El Salvador, doh! And so, this morning I wait an hour for the horrendously expensive shuttle bus that was going all the way to Lanquin, a nine to ten hour journey. My 160 kilometer journey took me four hours! That is an average of 40kms/hour. Horrendous!

Common Chlorospingus
Common Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus flavopectus)

I found this Common Chlorospingus on a hike to the river near the compost heap. I could not believe how sparse the supply of birds were. It was completely dead. I was shocked. Nothing around.

Common Chlorospingus
Common Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus flavopectus)

The next day I found another Common Chlorspingus. I think this photo might be a bet better than the other one.

Unicolored Jay
Unicolored Jay (Aphelocoma unicolor)

The unicolored Jay is blue all over with a black mask through the eyes. They were quite common in this location.

Slate-throated Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus)

This is a very boring name for a very colourful bird. I went for a walk up the mountain around mid-day and saw quite a few lizards but no birds.

Collared Trogon
Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris)

Right at the end of the day I spied this Collared Trogon high up in a tree.

Black-headed Nightingale-thrush
Black-headed Nightingale-thrush (Catharus mexicanus)

It was nearly night when I took this photo of the Black-headed Nightingale-thrush. That is why it is so bad. doh!

lizard 1
lizard 1

lizard 2
lizard 2

Not sure if this is the same species or not.

Biotopo del Quetzal bird list

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)
Common Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus flavopectus)
Wilson’s Warbler
Unicolored Jay (Aphelocoma unicolor)
Common Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus flavopectus)
Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus)
Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris)
Black-headed Nightingale-thrush (Catharus mexicanus)
Great-tailed Grackle

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