Along the Natchez Trace

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Good Birding Day

Mostly birds today....  
I took these photos between 7:30 and 10:00 this morning.  While not really overcast, the humidity in the air was so heavy that my camera lens and my eyeglasses kept clouding up.  So while we had a great birding morning, the photography conditions weren't good.

Finally!  The bird we've been wanting to see since we got here in December!  We've been hearing it, and today finally located it.
Elegant Trogon
Very blurry, but I felt lucky to get a shot of it at all...  the foliage was so dense and it was way up in the top of a distant tree.

Actually...  not 1 but 2 Elegant Trogons....
The lower left is identifiable;  the upper right...  let's just say we know what it is.

 Russet-crowned Motmot

A pair of Rufous-bellied Chachalaca

 Orange-fronted Parakeet
No red visible on the bird's head, but this is the most likely ID

 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
First time we've seen them in the lagoon this year.

 Yellow-winged Cacique
Looks like he's having a bad-hair day...  but that's his everyday look.

And....  my favorite photo of the day...
This Great-blue Heron had nabbed himself a big snake in the lagoon.  We watched him for what seemed like 10 minutes before he finally ate it...  all in one big swallow!  I have no idea what kind of snakes are in the lagoon....  but they must be a tasty breakfast to a heron.

 And...  lastly...  the Chachalacas again....
The End

That's All For Today!


  1. Lovely header photo.
    Good eye spying those Elegant Trogons. Lovely!
    I really like the Yellow-winged Cacique. So dang cute.

  2. Great bird shots--they do have some beautiful birds down south! I too love the heron/snake photo!

  3. The heron and the snake is a great picture. They are back in NE Ohio, and sprucing up their nests. I'll stop and take a look, soon.

  4. We got our Elegant Trogan in Arizona...what a memorable story that is...never forget!!!

  5. I am glad to see you are back to "the end" shots. It doesn't seem like your blog unless it ends with your famous or infamous end shots.

  6. I like the Russet crowned Motmot. I like saying Motmot. Poor little snake. Do the Whistling ducks whistle?