Tag archive for ‘birdwatching’
By Riviera Maya Times On Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – PIGMENTS OF YOUR IMAGINATION? BIRD PLUMAGE: GLOWING OWLS AND VIRGINITY SIGNALS? PART 2 of 3

CAROTENOIDS Indian Peacock Carotenoid, pronounced like a cross between a martial arts form (karate) and a humanoid, USUALLY produces red, yellow, and orange feather colors. You can recognize these pigments More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN, AND BEYOND – PIGMENTS OF YOUR IMAGINATION? BIRD PLUMAGE: PART 1 of 3

Wild Turkey Colorful feathers of birds are breath-taking. Even a drab feather is an amazing structure. But trying to figure out plumage color is not an easy task as the colors are either formed by pigments or More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Friday, July 2nd, 2021
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – WHAT’S THE EYE-DEAL? EYELIDS AND EYE-RINGS, PART 2 of 2

Colorful eyelids of Keel-billed Toucan That something as insignificant as an eyelid had its place in the workings on the universe, that the cosmic order did not overlook this momentary fact.                                 More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Friday, June 18th, 2021
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – WHAT’S THE EYE-DEAL? EYELIDS AND EYE-RINGS, PART 1 of 2

That something as insignificant as an eyelid had its place in the workings on the universe, that the cosmic order did not overlook this momentary fact. Haruki Murakami Gartered Trogon yellow eyelid I’d More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Sunday, April 4th, 2021
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND: SILHOUETTES

“To be truly iconic, you need to be able to be recognized in a silhouette.” Slash from Guns and Roses Wood Stork bird watching at sunset Xcambo area “We pack the physical outline of the creature More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Sunday, March 7th, 2021
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – HANKY PANKY IN THE GRASS: RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, Tordo Sargento (Spanish), Chuleeb (Mayan) Red-winged Blackbird perches high with feathers the color of inky dye He sings all day until nigh Hoping More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – IF DOROTHY IN THE WIZARD OF OZ WERE A BIRD, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN A WILSON’S PHALAROPE

Wilson’s Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor, Falaropo Pico Largo (Spanish) Wilson’s Phalarope female If Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz were a bird, she would have been a Wilson’s Phalarope. First, she More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – PUNCTURED PELICAN POUCHES: AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, PART 1 OF 2

American White Pelican with blue tilapia (fish) AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, Pelicans erythrorhynchos, Pelicano Blanco Americano(Spanish), Sak p’onto’ (Mayan) Every time I see American White Pelicans I am More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Monday, November 4th, 2019
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – THANKS GIVINGS FOR NATURE’S GIFTS IN THE YUCATAN AND PANAMA, PART 1 of 2

Every November my monthly column features birds and their roles in nature in appreciation for support of humans from serving as pollinators to scavengers. For 2019, photos illustrate birds and other wildlife in More...