My tower of song: birding and photography

These are, what I believe to be the best images of birds I have taken, IN THE WILD. They are also, concomitantly, a collection of my most favorite birds till date. I have the year the photos were taken in the watermark, as I like to remember the chronology. Other details are in the caption.

(Title inspired by L.Cohen’s song)

 

Double-striped thick-knee-wm
Double-striped thick-knee, Trinidad, July 2017.   This is likely the rarest bird I have ever photographed, it was last reported in Trinidad in 2007 and has only been reported 5 times (sixth time I was there).  Location details: Abandoned airfield, Agricultural research center, Arima.
Bearded bell-bird-closer-calling-wm
Bearded bell-bird, calling. Trinidad. Location details: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima
ferruginous pygmy owl-wm
‘Who, me? I din’ do, din’ see nothin’, said the pygmy owl. Ferruginous pygmy owl, Trinidad. Location detail: Blanchiseusse.
oil bird-2-wm
Oil-bird with regurgitated food, Trinidad. Location detail: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima.
purple honecreeper fluffed-wm
Flustered. Purple honeycreeper (male), Trinidad. Location detail: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima.
female purple honeycreeper good-wm
Purple honeycreeper (female). Location detail: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima.
jacobins-young and old-wm
Hanging with the old man.. Old and young white-necked jacobins. Location detail: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima.
jacobin-young rain karma-wm
Tranquility . Young white-necked jacobin. Location detail: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima.
White tail nightjar- tobago-wm
Up early  or late? White-tailed nightjar (female). Tobago, 2012. Location details: Little tobago island.

 

Golden headed tanager-wm
Golden-headed tanager, Costa Rica. Location details:  Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
chestnut colored woodpecker-upside-wm
Chestnut colored woodpecker, Costa Rica. Location details: La Selva biological station, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Palm tanager and tobacco fruit-wm
Palm tanager eating wild tobacco, Trinidad. Location details: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima.
Aracari reaching berry-wm
Collared aracari and its berry, Costa Rica. Location details: Tortuguero
young caracara-tobago-wm
Juvenile yellow-headed caracara, Tobago.
Green honeycreeper-wm
Green honeycreeper, Costa Rica. Location detail: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Trumpeter swan wings-wm
Trumpeter swan, U.S.A. Location details: Yellowstone National park, Montana.
Northern jacana toes-tort-wm
Northern Jacana, Costa Rica. Location details: Tortuguero
Giraffish-tiger heron-wm
Giraffed. Tiger heron, Costa Rica. Location details: Tortuguero
piping guan with epiphyte-1-wm
Trinidad piping guan with epiphytes, Trinidad. This is the one of the few critically endangered species I have photographed in the wild. Location details: Grand Riviere.
hoatzin-2-wm
Hoatzin, Peru. Location details: Along the Maranon river, Peruvian amazon
Rufus sibia-himalayan bird-wm
Rufous sibia, India. Location details: Himalayan foothills, Uttar Pradesh
Red legged honeycreeper-throat and tongue-2-wm
Red-legged honeycreeper, Costa Rica.   Location detail: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Horned screamer-wm
Horned screamer, Peru. Location details: Along the Maranon river, Peruvian amazon
Female barred antshrike-wm
Barred antshrike (female), Trinidad. Location detail: Asa Wright Nature Center, Arima.

These photos have three types of birds I have photographed:

 

  1. Rare birds in the wild: Double-striped thick knee (because of being a vagrant in Trinidad), Trinidad piping guan with epiphytes, Oil-bird, Bearded bell-bird, Hoatzin, Horned screamer, Rufous sibia.
  2. Uncommon birds: Laughing falcon, Ferruginous pygmy owl, Golden headed tanage, Trumpeter swan, Red-legged honeycreeper, Chestnut-colored woodpecker, Rufous sibia, White-tailed nightjar, Tiger Heron, Yellow-headed caracara.
  3. Common birds (in parts photographed) as art: Palm tanager with wild tobacco, White-necked jacobins in the rain, Collared aracari reaching for a berry, Green honeycreeper, Purple honeycreeper, Barred antshrike, Northern Jacana.

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