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October 19, 2010

Birds of Mancora #1

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Mancora Birds #1

After Chicama, I got the bus from Paijan to Mancora. It left at 8 pm but the seats on Emtrafesa line are horrible. They are really hard and you cannot sleep on them at all. And I landed in Mancora about 4 am and I am surrounded by autotaxi dudes pesterning me. So I settled down and waited for a while and let the tout give me his spiel about the hostels he would get a commission from. I chose the Gaucomayo because it was the cheapest and I was very tired. That day, I went for a surf and it was about 2-3 foot and I enjoyed it heaps.

Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

I had been seeing Frigatebirds flying around for a few days, so I finally got some shots in the back yard of the hostel. There may be two kinds – one is mostly black and the other has a white belly, or the one with the while belly is a juvenile. I have not done the research yet. Here is a shot with the tail spread a bit. They seem to close the tail up mostly when flying. They are Magnificent Frigatebirds, and the male is all black while the female and juveniles have the white belly.

Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

There were some waders in the excavation for a pool with a little bit of water in the bottom. One was a Killdeer and the others were Sanderlings, I am pretty sure. If I am wrong, please let me know. I think it is a wintering juvenile Sanderling. Thanks to JPPerret, it is a Least Sandpiper.

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla )

There are lots of Mockingbirds hanging out around the yard. I have not been able to identify them yet. When I get to the internet I will check. They are of the Family: Mimidae and are called Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus).

 Long-tailed Mockingbird
Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus)

This strange bird with the ugly big beak was hanging around the remnants of what seemed like a sewerage pond in the middle of town.

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Groove-billed Ani, Crotophaga sulcirostris.

And here is a closer shot of that amazing beak.

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Groove-billed Ani, Crotophaga sulcirostris.

And I saw one of the varieties of South American Himantopes. They are very similar to the Australian ones. They even stand around in ponds, casting reflections. They are in fact the same as the Australian ones – Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus). Nope, they are the mexican ones. doh!

black-winged stilt
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus mexicanus)

I finally got a shot of these very red birds that I had been seeing in fields as I went past in buses. They could be some kind of flycatcher as they have the whiskers around the bill. I did see one with a bug in its mouth, I think. Thanks to Dendroica for the ID. It is a Vermilion Flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubinus. I was right about the flycatcher part.

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Vermilion Flycatcher ( Pyrocephalus rubinus)


  1. hi steve excellent quality shots i love the little sanderling and that
    shot of the black winged stilt is just beautiful ….sounds like you r having a very interesting time…luv n best wishes to you cheers issi xox

    Comment by issi brent — October 19, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

  2. thanks issi.
    you rock, mate.

    say hello to all those hippies up north for me.


    Comment by admin — October 20, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

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