I’m deeply jealous of Kai Pflug. The man has an apparently limitless provide of incredible hen pictures. So all he has to do to provide you with a beneficial submit is to tug out of few of these photographs, add just a few snarky feedback, and he’s good to go.
I, then again, not often take pictures ok to do all of the heavy lifting. So I all the time really feel like, , I ought to even have one thing to say earlier than I write. One thing profound, or wildly entertaining. Which is difficult.
So it was very nice once I went birding the opposite day and the angels of pictures went with me. Within the early day, the sunshine was good. Later within the day, a number of troublesome species determined to be easier.
I had gone again to the little reservoir of San José de las Torres, to test on the avian refugees from the principle lake in our area, which is at present virtually fully dry. Sadly, the reservoir is now beginning to look reasonably dry as effectively:
Nonetheless, the birds have been nonetheless there. There have been six species of untamed geese, together with the same old few launched home geese. Extra importantly, no less than three micro-endemic Black-polled Yellowthroats continued to sing from the reedbeds. (Certainly one of my ornithologist pals commented, “I hope they keep to breed there.” And so do I.)
The geese stayed far sufficient away to maintain me from taking any nice pictures. However others have been extra obliging:
American Coot infants are so ugly that they’re lovely.
And right here’s what they seem like in a while.
Any shot of a Nice Egret that has caught an enormous fish is sweet in my guide.
One other one turned up in a Most Surprising Place.
This immature Nice Blue Heron actually did have an opinion of me.
As I explored the drier space beneath the reservoir, male Vermilion Flycatchers proved but once more that they’re terribly photogenic birds. However then, what else have they got going for them? That, and consuming bugs.
Issues have been sluggish on this space, so I headed for residence with simply sufficient time left to detour to an space above the little city of San Miguel del Monte. And there, to my shock, a few of Michoacán’s most lovely birds determined they wished good portraits taken. To my shock, I say, as a result of whereas lovely, these hyperactive beauties have not often if ever allowed me to do them justice. They included:
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pink Warbler (the identical species just lately featured in a submit from Oaxaca)
And a neater, however nonetheless photogenic, Tufted Flycatcher