Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 9, 2018

El Sunzal Birds – La Libertad

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 9:31 pm

El Sunzal Birds

This morning I was up eaarly just after 6am and went down towards the beach. I took a few photos of the surfers but the waves were just not that good. So off I went back in search of some birds. Luckily I found a few.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - juvenile
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) juvenile

At first I thought it was a Tropical Mockingbird but the bill was all wrong. After I processed this photo I looked online and found that it was a juvenile Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. My book did not have a photo of the juvie in it so I could not work it out.

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

This one caught me by surprise. I thought they were Orange-fronted Parakeets until I had a good look and something was not quite right.

Orange-fronted parakeet and Orange-chinned Parakeet
Orange-fronted parakeet and Orange-chinned Parakeet

This was a bit problematic putting this photo up. But it is a good comparison shot. A lady at a restaurant by the beach had these parakeets with clipped wings out the front of her shop. On the left is the Orange-fronted Paraakeet and on the right is the Orange-chinned Parakeet. You can clearly see the difference in plumage between them.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Gray-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea) juvenile

I am pretty sure this is a Northern Rough-winged Swallow but I am waiting on the experts to give me confirmation. There is not much else it could be. Edit> It is a Gray-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea), thanks to James Coe for the id.

Amazon Kingfisher - female
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona) female

And I think this might be the same Amazon Kingfisher as yesterday. I was hoping to see the male. And the vultures are circling overhead.

Little Blue Heron  - immature
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) – immature

This motley crew is an immature Little Blue Heron. Being photobombed by a grackle.

El Sunzal Birds list

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) juvenile
Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)
Orange-fronted parakeet (Eupsittula canicularis)
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
Tropical Kingbird
Green Heron
Inca Dove
Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus rufinucha)
Gray-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea)
Mangrove Swallow (Tachycineta albilinea)
Great Kiskadee
Brown Pelican
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
White-winged Dove
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) immature

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