La felicidad de un "Lifer"
Semnornis ramphastinus| Toucan Barbet | Tucan cabezón
3 481 hours ago
Through the Thick of Things.
A medium-sized owl, the Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) is occasionally mistaken for a great horn. But these noctural raptors are much smaller and lighter bodied than their great horned cousins. Another telltale sign that you're looking at a long-eared owl is the distance between their ear tufts. Great horneds' shorter ear tufts are situated much further apart.
Since owls don't build their own nests, theirs is a game of usurping. These owls will often take those domiciles recently built by crows or smaller raptors like Cooper's hawks. And the thievery goes both ways. One researcher has even found a Cooper's hawk accidentally incubating long-eared owl eggs with its own brood, since it had stolen the nest but neglected to evict the occupants!
Von Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) • IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern • Breeding in Eastern China and Eastern Russia, the Von Schrenck’s Bittern winters in the Southeast Asia region and is a rare winter migrant to Singapore. Due to their shy and secretive nature, little research has been conducted on their foraging behaviour and progeny. It was indeed a real privilege to see this female individual being so confiding and out in the open.
Definitely wasn’t expecting to see wild horses on this trip but after visiting the Bird sanctuary in Henderson I was told to pass through Mt Charleston as sometimes you get lucky and can see Mustangs roaming and sure enough we drove out there and found this foal with its parents 😊 I love the little hairs on its chin !
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill. This is the most common Thornbill species seen at Gluepot Reserve, South Australia.
8 11218 hours ago
Ruby-crowned kinglet... today I saw my first one of the season. These fast little guys start coming through in mid-September and often stick around through October and part of November. If I’m lucky, I’ll see a couple during the winter as well. They’re one of my more exciting bird species to photograph because of their hyperactivity and unpredictable behavior. One second they can be foraging in the canopy, and the next bouncing around in your face. Their curiousness tends to know no bounds, a stark contrast to their golden-crowned cousins (which I am just as excited to see), who often remain quite indifferent to the world around them while foraging. #rubycrownedkinglet