Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 13, 2018

Boyaca Colombia

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Villa de Leyva – Boyaca

I got the bus from San Gil to Tunja, which took more than six hours. The scenery was quite spectacular with lots of big mountains and narrow ravines. The bus from Tunja to Villa de Leyva was much more relaxed. I arrived at my hostel and settled in. Then assembled the camera and set off up the road to some random bit of scrub on the edge of the village.

Scrub Tanager
Scrub Tanager (Tangara vitriolina)

It did not take my long to identify this one. Just had a quick look at the Tanagers in the book and bang there it was. Easy Peasy.

Yellow-backed Oriole
Yellow-backed Oriole (Icterus chrysater)

This Yellow-backed Oriole was quite a distance away high up in a tree. I was lucky I saw him and took the photos.

Black-billed Thrush
Black-billed Thrush (Turdus ignobilis)

I have seen quite a few Turdus thrush in my travels and here is another one to add to the list.

Golden-rumped Euphonia
Golden-rumped Euphonia (Euphonia cyanocephala)

I cannot find this one. I will wait for someone who knows what is what. Edit: Thanks to Dave McLain for the id. Muchly appreciated.

female Yellow-bellied Seedeater or Variable Seedeater
Seedeater

I have a suspicion this is a female Yellow-bellied Seedeater or Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina). But not really sure. Female seedeaters all look the same to me.

Tropical Mockingbird
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)

Lovely singing bird is the Tropical Mockingbird.

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)

I have only seen the Band-tailed Pigeon once before. I forget where. doh!

Eared Dove
Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)

There were lots of different doves and pigeons around the place.

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow

The Rufous-collared Sparrow gets more and more common the further south you go in South America.

Villa de Leyva bird list

Black-billed Thrush (Turdus ignobilis)
white hawk (Pseudastur albicollis)
Golden-rumped Euphonia (Euphonia cyanocephala)
Yellow-backed Oriole (Icterus chrysater)
0464 seedeater Yellow-bellied Seedeater or Variable Seedeater (Sporophila corvina)
Scrub Tanager (Tangara vitriolina)
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)
Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)
Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi)
Southern rough-winged swallow ? Blue-and-white Swallow ???
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) or Grassland Yellow-Finch ??
black phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Rufous-collared Sparrow

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