228 Photos - Apr 18, 2013
Photo: DAY 1: The streets of San Blas, NayaritPhoto: Lineated Woodpecker; nesting in a plam tree in "downtown" San BlasPhoto: Green iguanas sunning on a rooftop in the San Blas squarePhoto: Our fine lodging at Hotel Garza Canela, named for the Boat-billed HeronPhoto: The grounds at Garza CanelaPhoto: DAY 2: the short boat ride across Estero del Pozo to Peso IslandPhoto: Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl; Peso Island, across Estero del Pozo from San BlasPhoto: Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl on Peso Island, showing the "eyes oin the back of his head"Photo: Citreoline Trogon on Peso IslandPhoto: Citreoline Trogon; Peso IslandPhoto: Green Iguana, Peso IslandPhoto: Tracks in the sand on Peso IslandPhoto: American Oystercatchers on the beach at Peso IslandPhoto: Virgin Rock, as seen from Peso Island, covered with Blue-footed Boobies, Brown Pelicans, and Neotropic CormorantsPhoto: Crab shell on the beach at Peso IslandPhoto: Completing our morning birding loop on Peso Island, looking across Estero del Pozo to San BlasPhoto: Fishermen darning their nets on Peso IslandPhoto: Can you find this tiny crab in the sand on Peso Island?Photo: Short-tailed Hawk; evening at the old San Blas "fort"Photo: Short-tailed Hawk; the old "fort" at San BlasPhoto: Evening light overlooking the mouth of the Rio San Cristobal from the San Blas fortPhoto: Sunset and pink blossom on the walls of the San Blas fort, overlooking downtown San BlasPhoto: Sunset from the San Blas fortPhoto: DAY 3: the jungles above Tecuitata, south of San BlasPhoto: Giant fig tree at the summit of Tecuitata; this tree was full of birds!Photo: View from the Tecuitata summit overlooking Matanchen BayPhoto: Matanchen Bay from Tecuitata summitPhoto: Striking leaf at Tecuitata (sp?)Photo: Orange-fronted Parakeet, feeding on flowers above TecuitataPhoto: Some kind of stink bug at TecuitataPhoto: Some kind of stink bug; TecuitataPhoto: Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato); TecuitataPhoto: Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia); TecuitataPhoto: Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia); TecuitataPhoto: Clouded Anole; TecuitataPhoto: Thick-billed Kingbird; TecuitataPhoto: Lunch at Aticama after a big morning of birding at TecuitataPhoto: As if the morning wasn't big enough, we spent the afternoon on the boat ride to La TovaraPhoto: Mangrove forest, La TovaraPhoto: Giant bromeliads, La TovaraPhoto: Baby American crocodile, ready for release in the Rio San CristobalPhoto: What a cutie!Photo: Rufous-necked Wood-Rail in mangroves on the Rio San Cristobal; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Limpkin and crocodile at low tide on the Rio San Cristobal; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: American Crocodile; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Sleeping Common Potoo; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Anhinga; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Anhinga; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Pair of LIneated Woodpeckers; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: "cocodrilo", La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Limpkin; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Snail Kite; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Snail Kite; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Snail Kite; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Boat-billed Herons; La Tovara boat ridePhoto: Sunset at La TovaraPhoto: Flaming sunset at La TovaraPhoto: DAY 4: Birding with local guides Francisco and Jonathan among the thickets at Chacalilla, north of San BlasPhoto: Jonathan at ChacalillaPhoto: The wet fields below ChacalillaPhoto: "Black ant" acacia at Chacalilla, named for the ants that have adapted to life inside the hollow thornsPhoto: "Black-ant" Acacia, ChacalillaPhoto: Birding the palm plantation at ChacalillaPhoto: Northern Jacanas in a pond at ChacalillaPhoto: Northern Jacana; ChacalillaPhoto: Juvenile Northern Jacana; ChacalillaPhoto: Juvenil and adult Northern Jacanas; ChacalillaPhoto: White-throated Flycatcher (Empidonax); ChacalillaPhoto: White-throated Flycatcher; ChacalillaPhoto: Red-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe); ChacalillaPhoto: Underside of the Red-bordered Pixie, showing abdomen stripes; ChacalillaPhoto: Local farmer and his horse harvesting palm fronds from the plantation at ChacalillaPhoto: This amazing fig tree will full of Mexican Parrotlets; ChacalillaPhoto: Check out the split base of this fig tree!Photo: Birding the woodlands at ChacalillaPhoto: Green Iguana, ChacalillaPhoto: Afternoon birding on the Birders' Highway, south of San Blas. This highway may one day lead to Tepic; until then, it is abandonded, offering excellent birdingPhoto: Acacia blossom, Birders' HighwayPhoto: Evening light on the jungles along the Birders' HighwayPhoto: Grasslands on the Birders' HighwayPhoto: Harris's Hawk; "Birders Highway", south of San BlasPhoto: Turkey Vulture; "Birders Highway", south of San BlasPhoto: White-collared Seedeater; "Birders Highway", south of San BlasPhoto: Sunset over Matanchen Bay, from the Birders' HighwayPhoto: Giant tree surrounded by a mango plantation, Birders' HighwayPhoto: Mango plantation and mountain backdrop, Birders' HighwayPhoto: DAY 5: Leaving San Blas, birding the shrimp pondsPhoto: "Enjoy this beautiful place! And apology for the poor ignorant people who come here to make it dirty!" Mangrove Swallow on top; San Blas shrimp ponds, NayaritPhoto: Steve Brad birding at the Aticama River mouth on Matanchen BayPhoto: Neotropic Cormorants, Aticama River mouth on Matanchen BayPhoto: Stunning adult Heerman's Gull, Aticama River mouth ikn Matanchen BayPhoto: Neotropic Cormorants feeding in the waves at the Aticama River mouth, Matanchen BayPhoto: Black-necked Stilt, Aticama River Mouth, Matanchen BayPhoto: Willet picking food off a rock, Aticama River mouth, Matanchen BayPhoto: Frank Wong, birding the Aticama River mouth at Matanchen BayPhoto: Royal Tern at the Aticama River mouth, Matanchen BayPhoto: Pretty spiral pea flower; Aticama River mouth, south of San BlasPhoto: We arrive in Jalisco at Rancho Primavera, outside Tuito, Jalisco; evening at the main pondPhoto: Evening light at Rancho Primavera, looking out over Cabo CorrientesPhoto: Sunset at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: DAY 6: Sunrise on the jungles at Rancho Primavera; we spent the day exploring the ranchPhoto: Pond at Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Another pond at Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Groove-billed Anis, Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Split-banded Owlet on bananas, Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Vermilion Flycatcher; Rancho Primavera, outside Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Vermilion Flycatcher; Rancho Primavera, outside Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Ringed Kingfisher; Rancho Primavera, outside Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Belted Kingfisher; Rancho Primavera, outside Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Yellow-winged Cacique on bananas; Rancho Primavera, outside Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Jasmine, the Lilac-crowned Parrot; she is a free-flying rescue bird that lives on the propertyPhoto: JasminePhoto: Jasmine being bad (she's not supposed to fly into the patio)Photo: Jasmine, being naughty againPhoto: Jasmine trying to steal my cervezaPhoto: Jasmine and Steve at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Jasmine on Steve's shoulderPhoto: Paul Hart, Canadian ex-pat and photographer, with JasminePhoto: Segundo, aka "The General", free-flying resident MIlitary Macaw at Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: The General (Military Macaw), Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: The General, eating an almond he took from my hand with his billPhoto: The General, on the roofPhoto: Lunch at the raicilla factory at Divisadero, distracted by a Blue Mockingbird off the deckPhoto: Military Macaw at Divisadero, also a free-flying rescue bird, like The GeneralPhoto: Divisadero's resident Military MacawPhoto: Green agave, used to make the specialty alcoholic drink, "raicilla"Photo: Son of one of the staff at DivisaderoPhoto: Black-throated Magpie-Jay; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Stripe-headed Sparrow; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Stripe-headed Sparrow; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Wood Stork; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Neotropic Cormorant; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Green Kingfisher; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Colima Tree Squirrel; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Tropical Kingbird; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Leticia Flower; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: One of those tiny wasps that love the big blue flowers; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Neotropic Cormorants; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Social Flycatcher; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus); Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Zebra Helconian (Heliconius charithonia); Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Malachite (Siproeta stelenes); Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: American Kestrel; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Yellow-winged Cacique, Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Black-vented Oriole; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Streak-backed Orioles, Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Streak-backed Oriole; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Streak-backed Oriole; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Adult male Streak-backed Oriole; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Streak-backed Oriole; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Russet-crowned Motmot; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Adult male Yellow Grosbeak; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Adult male Yellow Grosbeak; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Yellow Grosbeak female; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Violet-crowned Hummingbird; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Plain-capped Starthroat; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Cinnamon Hummingbird; Rancho Primavera, outside Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Grayish Saltator; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Thick-billed Kingbird at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Army ants at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Parade of army ants at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Yellow-winged Cacique, feeding on bananas at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Pastures and woodlands at Rancho PromaveraPhoto: Ant highway at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Ants carrying leaves at Rancho PromaveraPhoto: Leaf-toed Gecko; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Leaf-toed Gecko; Rancho Primavera, near Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: DAY 7: Black-throated Magpie-Jay; sunrise at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Gray-crowned Woodpecker, Bioto Road, outside Tuito, JaliscoPhoto: Elegant Trogon, Bioto Road, outside of TuitoPhoto: Big trees on the lower Bioto Road, nest site for the Pale-billed WoodpeckerPhoto: Pale-billed Woodpecker, Bioto RoadPhoto: Pale-billed Woodpecker, drinking from a tree knot, Bioto RoadPhoto: Pale-billed Woodpecker; Bioto RoadPhoto: Pale-billed Woodpecker nest cavity, Bioto RoadPhoto: Onward, past the Bioto Road, the giant Stenocereus cactus (organ pipe-type, maybe fricii sp.?), in the coastal lowlandsPhoto: The cove at TehuamixtlePhoto: Fishermen returning with their harvest at TehuamixtlePhoto: Conde's restaurant, overlooking the cove at TehuamixtlePhoto: FRESH seafood -- rockfish and lobster -- at Conde's, TehuamixtlePhoto: Flowering Primavera trees (Tabebuia sp.) on the road to TehuamixtlePhoto: Rock crab; Tehuamixtle cove, JaliscoPhoto: Rock crab; Tehuamixtle cove, JaliscoPhoto: Rock crab; Tehuamixtle cove, JaliscoPhoto: Our last sunset at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: DAY 8: Final morning at Rancho Primavera; Masked TityraPhoto: This Bare-throated Tiger-Heron flew into the tree behind the house at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, with neck partly extendedPhoto: Soldier butterfly (Danaus eresimus) on our last morning at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Soldier, Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Old sapsucker wells at Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Rio El Tuito, Rancho PrimaveraPhoto: Rural gas station, outside TuitoPhoto: We spent out final morning birding at Vallarta Botanical Gardens, near Mismaloya, JaliscoPhoto: Our final lunch at the Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: NOTE: The remainder of the photos are from the Vallarta Bird Festival, held prior to the tour; Birders at the festival, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Birder Extraordinaire, Greg Homel, chatting with birders at the Vallarta Bird Festival, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Carlos Bonilla, giving a presentation on conservation of Military Macaws, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Birders at the Vallarta Bird Festival, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Branch of the Rio Tomatlan, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: San Blas Jays, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Banana blossom, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Mexican Woodnymph (endemic hummingbird in W. Mexico) nest, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Nestling Mexican Woodnymph (W. Mexico endemic hummingbird), Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Yellow-winged Cacique, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: San Blas Jay (right) and Yellow-winged Cacique, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Yellow-winged Caciques, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Banded Peacock; Mismaloya, JaliscoPhoto: The very common Banded Peacock (Anartia fatima), Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Urbanus longtail (sp?), Mismaloya, JaliscoPhoto: Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne), Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Photo: Leticia flower with pollinating bee inside, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Pollinating bee (or wasp?), Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Photo: Mysore trumpetvine (Thunbergia mysorinsis), Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Pink blossom (???) at Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Blue flower (???) at Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Branch of the Rio Tomatlan, Vallarta Botanical GardensPhoto: Tomatlan Falls, Cabo Corrientes, JaliscoPhoto: River at Mismaloya, JaliscoPhoto: Birding the Bioto Road with Bill TrachtenbergPhoto: Tomatlan Canyon at Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Mismaloya, Jalisco