Thursday, 16 February 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 21-24

For 2017 I will be attempting to photograph 100 birds seen in Barbados. Here are birds number 21-24:(21) Grey Kingbird; (22) Shiny Cowbird (F); (23) Little Egret.
See all the images here.
21- Gray Kingbird - Tyrannus dominicensis
22- Shiny Cowbird - Molothrus bonariensis
23- Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Great Backyard Bird Count 2017



Do you have plans for this weekend? Why not join the thousands of birders around the world for the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count.  It is easy!  Just count the birds you see during February 17th to 20th, and follow the direction here to record them.  Your effort would go a long way to help with bird conservation. So have fun, get a workout, and assist in bird conservation by being part of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

More information here

 

Monday, 13 February 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 18-20

For 2017 I will be attempting to photograph 100 birds seen in Barbados. Here are birds number 18-20:(18) Green Heron; (19) Blue-winged Teal; (20) Barbados Bullfinch.
See all the images here.
18- Green Heron - Butorides virescens
19- Blue-winged Teal - Anas discors
20- Barbados Bullfinch - Loxigilla barbadensis (Endemic)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 14-17

For 2017 I will be attempting to photograph 100 birds seen in Barbados. Here are birds number 14-17:(14) Cattle Egret; (15) Ring-necked Parakeet; (16) Royal Tern; (17) Snowy Egret
See all the images here.
14- Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis

15- Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri
16- Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus
17- Snowy Egret - Egretta thula

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 11-13

For 2017 I will be attempting to photograph 100 birds seen in Barbados. Here are birds number 11-13. (11)Common Gallinule; (12)Eurasian Collared Dove; (13)Zenaida Dove.
See all the images here.
11- Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata


12- Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto

13- Zenaida Dove - Zenaida aurita

Saturday, 4 February 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 5-10

For 2017 I will be attempting to photograph 100 birds seen in Barbados. Here are birds 5-10: (5)Yellow Warbler; (6)Killdeer; (7)Great Egret; (8)Greater Yellowlegs; (9)Solitary Sandpiper; (10)Black-crowned Night-Heron.
See all the images here.
 
11- Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata


5- Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia
6- Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus
7- Great Egret - Ardea alba
8- Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca
9- Solitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria
10- Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax

Thursday, 2 February 2017

January Review



Let me first apologize for the tardiness of my posting, the first month of 2017 was a hectic one but I did get some birding done, so I will treat this post as a review of the month of January.  It was not possible to fit in my accustomed early big day, where I target mainly the “special” birds that roll over from the previous year.  I was still able to see most of them, including a Wood Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis and Lesser Blackback Gull but so far was unable to see a pair of Purple Gallinules and Fulvous Whistling-Duck.  I also missed a couple of rare birds submitted to ebird.org by visiting birders namely a Ringed-billed Gull at Carlisle Bay and a pair of Yellow-bellied Seedeaters on the Richard Haynes Boardwalk both on the south Coast.  If the latter is confirmed it will be a new species for the island.

Bird Tour

Carib Grackle (Quiscalus lugubris) from the tour
On January 14th,I was happy to take a visiting couple Alex and his wife Zvezda Strazar of Slovenia, who are doing a photographic big year,  on a morning birding trip to the north and east coast of the island.  Our targets were the local and West Indian endemic species and sub-species along with island rarities.  The morning was productive, getting good photo opportunities of the elusive Black-whiskered Vireo, Caribbean Elaenia and Scaly-naped Pigeon.  They also saw and photographed Killdeer, Grassland Yellow Finch and Green Heron among others. This is what Alex emailed on his returned to Slovenia

We both wish to thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, and even more importantly, your enthusiasm for birds, with us. That was one of those days that we will be remembering for a long time.

I really did enjoy showing off the Birds of Barbados.

The unidentified Lifer

Gull at Six Men's
Late one afternoon while on a fishing trip with the family at Six Men’s Bay on the west coast, I noticed the silhouette of a gull skipping from boat to boat about ¼ mile away from the shore.  I took a few photographs but was unable to record any detail to give a positive identification.  I returned the following day and found the bird sitting on a boat but still a distance away from the shore.  The lighting was better and I was able to get better images with colour and detail but sadly not enough detail for a positive identification but from the colour I am sure this would have been a lifer for me.  The bird had pale grey upperparts and white underparts. Our local birding expert, Ed Massiah, said it could be a Ring-billed Gull but could not give a definite ID from the images provided.  Thus my unidentified lifer.

I had a hectic first month of 2017 but was able to tally a modest fifty-six species landing most of the rarities.  It was not a perfect start but I will take it.  Now as we inch closer to the start of the northern migration, which is not as active as the southern movement, I look forward to sharing with you the birds of Barbados.

Enjoy your birding.