Backyard Birds & New Cameras

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Benjamin Button aka Backyard Bird

This post is for the birds. It’s just a short, simple addition to our blog to show off a few of our feathered neighbors, and to demonstrate our newfound amateur photography skills. We named the fellow above Benjamin Button, BB for short. He (she?) spends the entire day at our Hummer feeder surveying his realm, keeping close watch on ‘his’ food supply. He’s an old, tired aviator & hover-lover, kinda like yours truly. BB is all scruffy and disheveled, with a bit of a ‘tude to go with his raggedy appearance, so a lot like me, actually. Mariah and I greet BB at dinner on the lanai, and watch him scatter the other Hummers away from the nectar. Mariah took this shot with the new Sony pocket digital.

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BB my fellow hover-lover

Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird (we think)

On occasion BB rouses himself from his perch and drops down for a snack. When the feeder empties he’s not shy about letting us know. (He and I do have a lot of similarities, see what I mean?)

Blue-Grey Tanager                   Palm Tanager (Thx, Lin Hall)

Anyone who knows what species of birds we’ve pictured here, please jump in. We’re not birders, and our photographic skills leave a lot to be desired and learned as well. Also, we believe there are several species migrating this time of year, thus they don’t appear in our guidebook. Here are a few more shots:

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Baltimore Oriole

(Cornell Lab)

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Tropical Kingbird (Thx again, Lin)

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Clay Colored Thrush

(Courtesy Audubon)

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Squirrel Cuckoo

(From Wikipedia)

This big bird visits almost every morning as we enjoy breakfast on the lanai. It’s nearly a foot long, with more than half that length comprised of its tail. Very skittish & antsy, it stays in the tree by our balcony for three or four seconds, then flits off somewhere else, thus the fleeting picture.

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Gartered Trogon

(per Scanlon Gallery)

This fellow dropped by yesterday morning and stayed close, eyeing us with a degree of interest. As you can see, the rains are still with us. Even though the light isn’t the best, pictures still capture the beauty and tropical appeal of this place. We’re fortunate to be living here, interacting with nature and immersed in the exotic adventure that’s life in Panama.

Orange-Bellied Euphonia

(Cornell Lab)

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Purple Honeycreeper

(Cornell)

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??? Woodpecker?

The birds above were spotted at the Boquete Bees, where we volunteer every Wednesday.

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Lingot Bird: Latin name, Owless Duolingess

(Duolingo Home Page)

The little green bird above is one of our favorite feathered friends, and most common visitors. I’ll take this opportunity to congratulate my spouse on her recent accomplishment in reference to Senor Lingot. Just recently, Mariah passed 365 days of uninterrupted Duolingo exercises. One full year of daily Spanish lessons! Woot! says the Lingot Owl. We’re determined to learn Espanol, as well as several bird species here, and passable camera skills as well, determined to give a hoot, in other words.

The variety and proliferation of birds isn’t the only reason we acquired new cameras, but it was one of them. Boquete, like all of Panama, is very photogenic, even in the wet season. We’ll keep throwing pictures up on the site, and continue displaying the natural beauty we see around us. Enjoy the pictures, and if you care to correct and/or add to our limited avian knowledge by identifying the birds for us, by all means do so. Thanx!

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7 thoughts on “Backyard Birds & New Cameras

  1. ME BE in Panama

    Thanks for reading. We had heard of the number of bird species here, but until you see them flitting around in the trees & bushes you don’t realize how beautiful and exotic they really are.

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  2. Nancy Stitt

    There is a wonderful app and worth the $ since you are seeing so many birds. Download “panama birding field guide” at the app store. You will Be able to id birds by what part of panama. Your honeycreeper is a “red-legged” and your euphonia is probably a “thick-billed” with the app you can distinquish them based on range within panama. You got some great shots. And I enjoy seeing them.

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    1. ME BE in Panama

      Many thanks, Nancy, great information. You’re right; we see many kinds of birds here, too many to get a good handle on, especially since so many are transitory.
      Thanks for reading, and suggestions are always welcome.

      BE

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  3. rob woodward

    I can help you with your bird pictures. I just moved to Panama because of my interest in birds.

    The trogon is a Black-chested Jay.
    The euphonia is Thick-billed.
    And the woodpecker is Red-crowned Woodpecker.

    All the best!

    Rob

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