Saturday, March 28, 2009

Black-throated blue warbler having some Noni

Black-throated blue warbler 

 


We had a noni plant outside our cottage at Geejam. Every morning a black-throated blue warbler would come by for breakfast. A bananaquit would frequent here as well, but we got better pictures of them in a nearby tree.

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Ring-tailed Pigeon

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Other birds we haven't identified yet

 

 

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Superhero bird: Yellow-faced Grassquit

Yellow-faced Grassquit 

Yellow-faced Grassquit 

Yellow-faced Grassquit 

Yellow-faced Grassquit 

Yellow-faced Grassquit 

Yellow-faced Grassquit 


We weren't sure who these are. Chris thinks any masked bird might be a superhero. We posted it on whatbird and found out it was a Yellow-faced Grassquit.

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Jamaican Oriole

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Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager

 

 

 


The Stripe-headed Tanager was always eating.

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Orangequit

Orangequit 

Orangequit
 

Orangequit 


Did you know there is an orangequit in addition to the bananaquit? We didn't. It's endemic to Jamaica and hung out by our cottage and the bar at Geejam.

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Black-billed Streamertail

 

 

 

 

 


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.)

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Rooster

Rooster 
Rooster 


While you may think this is a rooster, our bird book says it's a red Junglefowl.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kestrel

 


This kestrel was hanging out on a tree outside our cottage at Geejam.

 


Here, he's having a snack at the Bushbar.

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Jamaican Woodpecker

 


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!

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White-crowned pigeon

 


Even the pigeons are prettier in Jamaica.

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Sandpiper

 

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Cattle Egret Breeding Plumage

Cattle Egret  


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.

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Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Frenchman's Cove

Yellow-crowned Night Heron,  

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron,  


We like night herons. A few black-crowned night herons hang out at Lake Nelson during the spring and summer. We found a yellow crowned night heron in a tree in Frenchman's cove and then a juvenie in the freshwater stream that feeds into the ocean.

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Greater Antillean Grackle in Jamaica

 



This bird has a wide range of songs and they are very amusing. We would always look when we heard it and expect to see a different bird because of the variation (perhaps something more colorful).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamaican's call this bird the "Kling Kling".

April 21, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

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Man-of-War aka Frigate

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Frigate 

Frigate 

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.

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Duck Photos contributed by Kathryn

 


Ring-necked ducks

A group of 30 to 50 Ring-necked ducks have been at Echo Lake park from mid-February through March.

 


Mix-breed Mallard

This "odd" Mallard duck (white breast, brown body) has been at Nomhegan Park for many weeks.


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Anonymous Nelnik said...

I've seen a few of those 'odd' mallards with white throats and brown bodies in both London and Dublin. If you're interested, you can see a photo of one here.

June 8, 2009 at 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a domestic duck, that's called a bibbed duck. Could have occurred naturally or a domestic duck (mallard derivative) bred with a wild duck and the trait is now "out there".

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Bananaquit in Jamaica

Banaquit 


We spent a week in Jamaica for a much needed vacation. We spent some time bird watching, mostly just while sitting out on the deck. We have quite a few pictures to go through before posting, but here's a nice Bananaquit.

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