Tag archive for ‘birdwatching’
By Riviera Maya Times On Friday, August 26th, 2022
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND-SINGING THE BLUES PHOTO ESSAY

Enjoy this short photo essay of birds with “blue” plumage. While three are winging the blues, at the end is a bird that doesn’t like the blues. (Maybe it prefers “raspberry.”) Indigo Bunting and singing More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Thursday, June 9th, 2022
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND-

BIRDIE BABIES PHOTO ESSAY Enjoy this short photo essay of baby birds with a glimpse of how they may metamorphose into an adult! And, yes, I used metamorphose as a verb, but you get the “picture.” PHOTO More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND-BELLY FLOPPING: TRICOLORED HERON

Tricolored Heron, Egret tricolor, Garza Tricolor (Spanish) Wading birds use different feeding strategies to capture their prey. But I think the more-than-three-colors Tricolored Heron may win the prize for small More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Wednesday, March 9th, 2022
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN, AND BEYOND-OWL BE SEEING YOU: BURROWING OWL

BURROWING OWL, Athene cunicularia, “Tecolote Llanero” (Spanish) Time for some light heartedness and whimsy! I chose the expressive Burrowing Owl, a tiny ten-inch wonder that digs and lives More...

By Riviera Maya Times On Friday, January 14th, 2022
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN, AND BEYOND-EYE RISK: PILEATED WOODPECKER

Begin this New Year with new hope, discoveries. I found something new to ponder. Pileated Woodpecker irregular shaped iris IMAGINE my surprise when I enlarged an image in my camera to see a ragged-looking More...

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...