Saturday, 19 January 2013

Cartagena, Colombia I

If it were not for a lovely family who literally came over and invited me into their home and afforded me Internet access, there would have been no Blog today! Bless Em!
We didn't have to travel very far for the wildlife today, as just at the end of the jetty there was a tidy little park holding
 EARED DOVE,
 
 
 a few 'captive' (but 'free-range') CHILEAN FLAMINGO
 and our first SPOTTED SANDPIPER of the trip with 'spots'!
Only a short walk from there we arrived at a pristine stand of woodland, complete with feeding stations and a whole host of birds
 the first of which is still causing consternation. Having been through the Tanagers, it is not known where to look next??
 Soon on the scene were WHITE-TIPPED DOVE,

 CLAY-COLOURED THRUSH
 and then something far more exotic
SCARLET MACAW*
 and CHESTNUT-FRONTED MACAW* two welcome additions to the Trip List although not 'Lifers'. Deciding to make a re-visit to the wood later in the day, we took a taxi to the nearby

 which along with a wonderful selection of plants also held plenty of birds.

ORANGE-CHINNED PARAKEET were soon located simply by following the squawking,

 and thought this an amusing run of photos, a RED SQUIRREL disturbing a MONKEY Sp.
A bit of howling
 and a bit of back-scratching
 
 and a few acrobatics from one of several BLUE-and-YELLOW MACAW*
 BLACK-CHESTED JAY*
 and the closest view yet of BLACK VULTURE.

BICOLOURED WREN*
MEALY AMAZON*
BAT FALCON
 brief views of LINEATED WOODPECKER,
 OLIVACEOUS FLATBILL*
 
 BLACK-BILLED FLYCATCHER*
 CRESTED OROPENDOLA*
BUTTERFLY
 DRAGONFLY
 
 thought to be
BUFF-THROATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER*

 BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER*
 RUFOUS-CRESTED COQUETTE*
It had been a Hard Day's Night!

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