Friday, 17 November 2017

Costa Rica 2017

Crazy holiday, all inclusive and all in bed before 20:00 hours, though up by 03:00 and on parade by 04:30. Just a few from the trip: Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Snowcap, Black-crested Coquette female and a Laughing Falcon.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Little and Large

Another quick update from Costa Rica. I'll just keep to the wildlife for now, the other stories most of which involve Mr Hogan will no doubt be shared in the future especially the one about the lizard.
The "Little" mentioned in the title refers to a Snowcap which is a gorgeous very small hummingbird (not the colour of Mike's hair). This was not a bird on our radar as we did not expect to be the area it occurs. However on Sunday we visited a reserve which contained a small population. After a long walk in constant rain through marshy ground we were treated to views down to two meters of two males and one female. Also at the same spot we were privleged to get another minute hummer Black Crested Coquette.
The "Large" in the title refers to a Jabiru a huge stork which was a bird high on our wish list. We spent a long time today on a boat, waking miles and driving around getting nowhere locating one. Then late afternoon things starting looking up when Scarlet Macaws were heard. We dived out of the minibus and Mr Bevan had another one of his top wanted birds. Shortly after we spotted a large number of Wood Storks and started scanning them. Then we heard the call we wanted Jabiru flying in and a low flying enormous 1.3 metre bird glided by and landed in amongst the Wood Storks making them look miniscule. Walking to get a closer look we realised there was another standing close by and then another soared past. Three Jabiru and the day felt better straight away.
Other highlights  include a Thickett Tinamou running along the side of a main road, Roseate Spoonbill, Bare Throated Tiger Heron, Boat Billed Heron, Mangrove Cuckoo, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Yellow Naped Parrot, Long Tailed Manakin and more Wrens and Orioles that I care to list for now.
Just to finish off people who have birded with Mike knows he often gets bird names wrong so these are his latest offerings.  Yellow Winged Tanager ( Golden Winged Warbler), Shining Honey Badgers (Shining Honeycreepers) and Potholes (Potoos).

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Weekend wanderings

A quiet weekend with little of note locally. However, I did manage to get in on this autumns birding event - the Hawfinch invasion, with a single bird flying over Quakers Yard yesterday. A new Merthyr county tick.
A wander round Parc Taf Bargoed this morning produced little. The Canada Geese were up to 28 in number, but they hadn't brought Mike's Red-breasted Goose with them. The resident Muscovy Duck has found a mate and, as a result, stopped hanging out with the single Mute Swan.

Winter Thrushes were notable by their complete absence.

Costa Rica - quick update

Just finished our second day, first with our guide Olivier. Mr Bevan already has an Antpitta (Thickett)    also an Anthrush (Black Faced) in the bag on his full day in the neotropics!!!
Other really good birds include Great Curassow, Crested Guan, Pale Billed Woodpecker, Montezuma Opendola, King Vulture, Black Headed Trogon, Tody Motmot, Rufous Tailed Jacamar, Scissor Tailed Flycatcher, Worm Eating Warbler, White Ruffed Manakin, White Throated Magpie Jay, Golden Winged Warbler and a host of other good birds. Around 143 species so far. More updates to follow.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Small Variety

Downloaded photos off the camera from the last month.


Black Headed Gull



Quiet Times

With the tide being so high on Sunday we did a quick sea watch at Porthcawl but quickly moved onto Llanelli. Most of the birds were feeding out on the estuary so it was relatively quiet near the hides. Martin started playing with these Lego bricks and little did we know he was very talented at it and put these two together very quickly and said there could be a Rock Thrush on the cards. I bet Mike still dont know if it's a Frog or a Toad.

Monday, 6 November 2017


Andrew Webber had a Red-breasted Goose yesterday at Rhaslas, seems to be a couple about at the moment.