Saturday, March 28, 2009
Ring-tailed Pigeon4:14 PM Links to this post
Other birds we haven't identified yet4:14 PM Links to this post
Superhero bird: Yellow-faced Grassquit
Jamaican Oriole3:52 PM Links to this post
Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager3:10 PM Links to this post
This was our fourth trip to Jamaica since about 2002. On our first trips we were not "birders," but we did see this amazing streamer-tailed hummingbird. At first you just can't believe your eyes when you see it (especially if you've already had a welcoming rum punch drink.) We have some blurry pictures from our first trips before we became birders and got a better camera. Even with the new camera, this lively little bird proved to be hard to photograph. The lighting was a challenge and it moves around quickly and often. We enjoyed them every day especially when we weren't trying to get good photos of them.
We actually didn't go to Jamaica to bird watch, but during the last minutes of packing, Mike talked Chris into bringing the big camera and binoculars. We planned on maybe making a one-day excursion to do birding. As it turned out, our cottage at Geejam was perched like a tree house and such amazing birds came to us there that we never had to make a special trip out to see them. We also didn't know that Geejam was in a wildlife and bird sanctuary. We spent less time at the beaches (better for our skin) and more time birding than we thought we would. Traveling as birders this time, we learned that many birds are endemic to Jamaica. This made it very special, and we think others should go to Jamaica to see the birds (in addition to the enjoying the beaches, the food, the climate and the people of Jamaica.)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Jamaican Woodpecker is a little larger than the red-bellied woodpeckers we see in New Jersey. There were lots of them around, and they announce themselves loudly as ours at home do. They are so beautiful, why shouldn't they call attention to themselves!
White-crowned pigeon11:46 PM Links to this post
Sandpiper11:45 PM Links to this post
Cattle Egret Breeding Plumage
This cattle egret was at Frenchman's Cove in Jamaica. We are familiar with the cattle egret and see them in Florida and the Caribbean, but we don't think we've ever noticed one in breeding plumage before. As many of you know, we are fond of fancy hairstyles on birds, so we especially like this photo.
Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Frenchman's Cove
Greater Antillean Grackle in Jamaica
Man-of-War aka Frigate
The Frigates are a common bird in the Caribbean. We saw some from the resort, but many more roosting on utlity wires that cross the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio. It is known locally as the man-of-war. The male has a pouch on the neck that can be inflated. We think the one with the white head in a juvenile.
Duck Photos contributed by Kathryn
A group of 30 to 50 Ring-necked ducks have been at Echo Lake park from mid-February through March.
This "odd" Mallard duck (white breast, brown body) has been at Nomhegan Park for many weeks.
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