Tuesday, 26 July 2011

... and endemics

Endemic to western Mexico, this Colima Pygmy-Owl was a welcome addition to the trip list.
Since arriving in Mexico I've been itching to get out birding, so today's 3.30 am wake-up was an easy deadline to meet. I had a whole day arranged with Hector Gómez de Silva, and together with Rafael Calderón we headed well south of the city into Morelos, to be at Cañon de Lobos as the sun came up.

This Blue Mockingbird - another endemic - was typically skulking, but posed briefly in the open for this shot.
Squirrel Cuckoo is widespread in Middle America; this is the subspecies mexicana, endemic to western Mexico.

That was the start of 14 thrilling hours of birding, with highlights including endemics and other specialities, not least Colima Pygmy-Owl, White-naped Swift, Grey-breasted Woodpecker, Grey-barred Wren, Sierra Madre and Black-chested Sparrows, Rufous-capped Brushfinch, Red Warbler and Hooded Yellowthroat. Here's a few images from the day to start with - more to follow shortly.

A poor record shot of my first Black-chested Sparrow, another endemic which is restricted to south-west Mexico.

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