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I have here my collection of best bird photos from (1) Costa Rica, (2) the Swamps of Louisiana, ....(3) southern Florida, .... (4)the Bahamas and.....(5) Curacao in the Dutch Antilles Take your time, and I hope you enjoy your visit!

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Birds of Costa Rica, Bahamas, Curacao (Dutch Antilles), Everglades, Florida Keys and Louisiana Photo Album

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Birds of Costa Rica, Bahamas, Curacao in the Dutch Antilles, Everglades, and Louisiana: Table of Contents

White Ibis
Tropic Bird Solo
Prothonotary Warbler Perspective
IMG 7151
Bare-eyed Pigeon side view

Costa Rica Fliers: Bats & Birds

Bird and Bat Quicktime Movies

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Birds of the Bahamas, Curacao (Dutch Antilles), Everglades, Florida Keys and Louisiana Photo Album

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Birds of Costa Rica, Bahamas, Curacao in the Dutch Antilles, Everglades, and Louisiana: Table of Contents

White Ibis
Tropic Bird Solo
Prothonotary Warbler Perspective
IMG 7151
Bare-eyed Pigeon side view

Birds from San Salvador, Bahamas

  • Here are unedited, uncropped photos of WINTER BIRDS from San Salvador, Bahamas taken in Decemeber 2006.
  • Antillean Nighthawks (Chordeiles gundlachii) were quite active at the Gerace Field Station each and every night! Here is another perspective of an Antillean Nighthawk in flight.
  • At the Gerace Field Station, resident Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) roost behind the field sation above the cachement basin on San Salvador, Bahamas.
  • Gray King Birds (Tyrannus dominicensis) were everywhere at the Gerace Field Station! These noisy and active Flycatchers are beautiful birds!
  • Here is a beautiful profile of a Gray Kingbird
  • Northern mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos) are fairly common on San Salvador.
  • For some reason, I always have a difficult time photographing Anis. Here is the best I've been able to do with a Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
  • A Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)and Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)on a near collison course!
  • We encountered a flock of Wilson's Plovers (Charadrius wilsonia) along the eastern shore of San Salvador. Here are two more photos of a Wilson's Plover in-flight! and #2 Wilson's Plover inflight.
  • A Black-necked stilt did an amzing job of distracting me from its nearby nest!
  • An absolutely fantastic in-flight photo of a White-tailed Tropic bird (Phaethon lepturus) Here is another side-view of a White-tailed Tropic bird (Phaethon lepturus). Wow! Here is a head-on view of the same Tropic Bird.
  • Another closeup of a remarkable White-tailed Tropic bird (Phaethon lepturus)
  • What I originally thought was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) turned out to be a Mangrove-Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor), a life first for me! This Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) was spotted near Grotto Beach, San Salvador.
  • Again, in 2005, we encountered, on separate days, White-cheeked Pintail Ducks (Anas bahamensis) in a small, freshwater pond near Storr's Lake on San Salvador.
  • I was lucky to see and photograph three American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) flying over Grahams Harbor, San Salvador, Bahamas in June. Here is another in-flight perpsective of these beautiful birds. They seemed to be flying out to sea.
  • I had a blast photgraphing groups of White-tailed Tropic birds (Phaethon lepturus)..... Here is a Pair of White-tailed Tropic birds in-flight....And, another in-flight perspective.
  • I was able to catch this beautiful American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) in-flight on San Salvador, Bahamas in mid-June.
  • We encountered, on separate days, White-cheeked Pintail Ducks (Anas bahamensis) in a small, freshwater pond near Storr's Lake on San Salvador. These are very beautiful ducks! Here are five White-cheeked Pintail Ducks getting ready to fly away. Here is another set of White-cheeked Pintails swimming among some freshwater vegetation.
  • This Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)was making a "ton of noise" at it landed on an agave flowering stalk. I spotted another Willet in-flight on San Salvador, Bahamas in mid-June.
  • Even noisier than the baove mentioned Willets, several Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) were spotted feeding in the high salinity lakes of San Salvador. My, what long legs you have!
  • A Yellow-Crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) relaxes on the same freshwater pond as the White-cheeked Pintail Ducks. Eventually, the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron flew away as I got closer and closer!
  • On the small islands in Grahams Harbor on San Salvador, there are several bird rookeries. This summer (2004), we went to Catto Key. We were not dissapointed! We saw Magnificent Frigates-A (Fregata magnificens),/ ..... Magnificent Frigates-B,..... Brown Noddy (Anous minutus),..... .... Sooty Terns (Sterna fuscata), ....... and Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster).
  • I spotted one Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) in-flight above Catto Key in San Salvador, mid-June.
  • Laughing Gulls (Larus atricilla) congregated at the Freshwater Pond on San Salvador near Storrs Lake to bath and get a drink! Here is another perspective of the "Drinking Gulls."

    Astonishing White-tailed Tropic Birds (Phaethon lepturus) from San Salvador Bahamas

    This summer (2006), I was able to take many photos the one of my favorite birds, the White-tailed Tropic Bird (Phaethon lepturus). I wanted to share with you some of my Tropic Bird Collection. NOTE: Just "Click" on the Thumbnails for successively larger images--small, medium and huge!

  • A remarkable image of a White-tailed Tropic Bird in-flight duo!
  • Another beautiful image of the White-tailed Tropic Bird in-flight duo!
  • And, one more time, a slightly different perspective of the White-tailed Tropic bird in-flight duo!
  • A white-tailed tropic bird sideview.
  • A view from below of a beautiful White-tailed tropic bird in-flight.
  • A fantastic sideview of a beautiful White-tailed tropic bird in-flight.
  • A wonderful close-up of a beautiful White-tailed tropic bird in-flight.
  • A beautiful White-tailed tropic bird coming in for a landing.
  • Tail feathers flared ---a White-tailed tropic bird gets ready to land.
  • Tail feathers flared ---a White-tailed tropic bird is getting ever so close to landing.
  • The last shot before the White-tailed tropic bird ducks into a hole in the fossil sand dune.
  • A head-on view of a White-tailed tropic bird in-flight.
  • a marvelous sideview of a White-tailed tropic bird in-flight

    Birds from Curacao, an island in the Dutch Antilles off the coast of Venezuela. NOTE: You may need to "Click" on the IMAGE to view the largest photo

  • Here are a few beautiful images of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in-flight.
  • Here is a profile of a Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) in-flight!
  • One more time-- Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) with wings extended!
  • A fantastic view of a Troupial (Icterus icterus) head-on! Wow!
  • Another image of a Troupial (Icterus icterus)--a spectacular sideview!
  • A life-first for me! We spotted several Yellow-shouldered Parrots (Amazona barbadensis rothschildi) on the tops of the numerous island cactus.
  • Here is another perspective of a Yellow-shouldered Parrot (Amazona barbadensis rothschildi) caught in the act of eating cactus fruit. There were actually two Yellow-shouldered Parrots in the vicinity.
  • Here is a Crested Caracara (Caracara planus ). Here is another perspective of a beautiful Crested Caracara perched on a Cactus.
  • A surrealistic Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus ) peering through the coastal vegetation
  • Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) frequent the numerous hypersaline estuaries inshore on Curacao.
  • A Bare-eyed Pigeon (Patagioenas corensis) looks away from me. What a beautiful bird!
  • Here, a Bare-eyed Pigeon (Patagioenas corensis) gives me a front view What a beautiful bird!
  • A sideview of a Bare-eyed Pigeon (Patagioenas corensis).
  • A beautiful American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) stares me down.
  • The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is calling as I approach.
  • A chest view of a beautiful Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird (Chlorostilbon mellisugus).
  • A Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird (Chlorostilbon mellisugus) hovers over a Curacao flower.
  • A Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus) perches on some local vegetation..
  • A Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) shows off for me.
  • A Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) sideview. Check out that Mohawk!
  • A Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) sideview. A real beauty!
  • A Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) Front View.
  • Another Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) Front View.
  • A Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) calling. These birds were introduced to Curacao.
  • A Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) profile.
  • A Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) profile.
  • A Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) perches along the Curacao shoreline.
  • A Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) forages on the ground.
  • A juvenile Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)returns to a previous nest.
  • An inquisitive Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus ) is deciding where to go next! Troupials are one of my favorite Curacao birds.
  • A wonderful sideview of a Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus ). Troupials are one of my favorite Curacao birds.
  • Another wonderful sideview of a Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus ) of these stunning birds.
  • This Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus ) is dipping into a flower for a meal.
  • Here is the Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus ) folowing the flower meal! Um.....What should I eat next?
  • Here is the Yellow Oriole (Icterus nigrogularis). I usually don't see many Yellow Orioles.
  • Here is a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia ). Yellow Warblers are fairly common on Curacao.
  • A sideview of a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia ).
  • Another spectacular sideview of a male Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia ). Here is a slightly different perspective of the male Yellow Warbler.
  • Here is a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia ) in flight.
  • Here is a Male Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia ).
  • Here is a Crested Caracara (Caracara planus ). While not a great photo, it's better than nothing!
  • Bananaquits (Coereba flaveola ) were everywhere!

    Southwest Florida, the Everglades and Florida Keys

  • Bird Photos from Little Gasparilla Island along the southwest Florida coast.
  • Eye to eye with an inflight Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) on Key Largo, Florida
  • I had never seen an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) feed their young before. It was an amazing sight to see! The juvenile stuck its head way, way down the adult male's throatto get something to eat! (Everglades National Park, mid-June)
  • A beautiful Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in-flight and.... perched on a branch near Flamingo in Evrglades National Park, mid-June.
  • A beautiful in-flight Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) near Florida Bay in the Florida Keys. Wow! Here is the largest version I have of this fantastic in-flight osprey.
  • The head of this Black vulture (Cathartes atratus) was full of interesting bits of "crud." (Everglades National Park, mid-June)
  • A Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) get a little too close to each other. The Turkey Vulture eventually chased the Cattle Egret away. (Everglades National Park, mid-June)
  • A Great Blue Heron, White Morph (Ardea herodias) fishing in the mangrove shallows on Key Largo. Great Blue Heron, White Morph (Ardea herodias) are amazing predators of fish.
  • A Great Blue Heron White Morph (Ardea herodias) takes a great hop and leap along the Anhiga Trail in the Everglades, summer 2006.
  • The head of a Great Blue Heron White Morph (Ardea herodias) is distinctive from a Great Egret. Note the robust bill for instance.
  • A side view of a Great Blue Heron, White Morph (Ardea herodias). Note the huge bill and buffy gray legs. A Great Egret (Ardea alba) has jet black legs and a much thinner bill. The White morphs of the Great Blue Heron are quite common in the Florida Keys.
  • This Great Blue Heron, White Morph (Ardea herodias) was hunting along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park, mid-June.
  • Here are two photos of the same Cattle Egret feeding in the shallows of an Everglades Pond. I thought this was a little unusual in that I usually see these birds in the fields on higher ground.
  • Here is a series of Green Heron (Butorides virescens) photos taken in Everglades National Park. The photos include: Green Heron Typical Hunting Posture...... Green Heron Hunting Posture #2, ...... another typical Green Heron Hunting Pose, and .......a Juvenile Green Heron Perched in a Tree.
  • A beautiful, unmistakable Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) in flight over the Everglades.
  • There were hundreds of Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) concentrated near a Wood Stork Rookery in the Everglades. Here is a close-up of a Wood-Stork in flight, mid-June.
  • In the summer, 2006, there were hundreds of Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) in-flight.
  • Many Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) have a face only a mother could love!
  • A great close-up of a Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in-flight.
  • Wood Storks (Mycteria americana)--what interesting looking birds!
  • Another Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) sideview inflight.
  • But, I particularly like this sideview of this inflight Wood Stork (Mycteria americana).
  • Here is another beautiful Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) as seen from below.
  • We usually encountered White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)throughout the Everglades and Florida Keys in mid-June. This is a photo of an adult.

    Jean Lafitte National Park, Barataria Preserve and SE Louisiana Bird Highlights

  • A Mother Common Galinule (Gallinula chloropus) chases her offspring to steal a large dragonfly in Jean Lafitte National Park.
  • A Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica striata) poses for a photo.
  • We came across a Great Egret Rookery (Casmerodius albus) in Lafitte, Louisiana There were hundreds of adults and chicks!
  • A beautiful White Eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) in the Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve in mid-May.
  • I was lucky to catch this Roseatte Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) in flight over Bayou Barataria while eating lunch at Boutte's restaurant in Lafitte, La! I was enjoying a shrimp poorboy!
  • Amazing! We spotted two Barred Owl chicks (Strix varia) being fed Crawfish in Jean Lafitte National Park, Barataria Preserve! Look, you can see a water droplet dripping from the doomed Crawfish---the Barred Owl has an amaazing grip! Here is another perspective of the Barred Owl and crawfish! Wow!
  • Here is the Adult Barred Owl that was doing all of the caretaking! It was quite the crawfish harvester! What a beautiful bird!
  • A flock of huge American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)flew over the Barataria Preserve. What a huge wingspan! Amazing birds.
  • Wouldn't you know it? We saw plenty of Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) in the Barataria Preserve in mid-May. I couldn't resist showing you another example of a beautiful Prothontary Warbler!
  • In SE Louisisana on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, we visited the Big Branch Preserve in December, 2005. We came across hundreds of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) and a few Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis).
  • At Jean Lafitte National Park, Hurricane Katrina Damage was everywhere as shown in these slides and Jean Lafitte Quicktime Video. And, there where lots of birds to be seen in the winter landscape.

    Quicktime Movies of Birds in Southwest Florida and the Everglades

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