Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the nice fortune to photographically doc 85% of the chicken species added to my “Life Record.” This weblog collection showcases the photographs and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a bit of concerning the atmosphere and tradition of the world. This Lifer weblog collection begins with my first LIFER exterior of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.
Melodious Blackbird (Dives dives) > Icteridae > Passeriformes
IDENTIFICATION: Pretty widespread in semi-open habitats of tropical lowlands, normally in pairs or small teams. Feeds on the bottom and in timber, typically flipping its tail sharply upwards; could affiliate loosely with grackles, however normally not combined in with different blackbids. Distinctive however lacks apparent subject marks: plumage is wholly black with a slight velvety sheen; be aware the sharply pointed invoice, and darkish eyes.
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Yellow Star indications the situation of my Lifer sighting
DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: We obtained in very late to Tulum resulting from flight delays and misplaced baggage and needed to go away early to satisfy up with Miguel Amar Uribe from Amar Aves, Mexico Kan Excursions who was going to guide us on our first journey birding within the Yucatan. Miguel met us with an enormous smile and we have been off to discover the pueblito of Chunyaxché and be taught concerning the chicken life and cultural historical past of the world. It was nice, barely heat and humid, with plenty of billowing clouds above us. Over the following 2 1/2 hours we’d add 52 species to our first guidelines for Mexico and uncover 25 new “Lifer” species. For me, Lifers #624 to #648.
Muyil Ruins Lifer # 644 – Melodious Blackbird
For the group of 25 Lifers that I encountered on this 2 1/2 hour stroll, there was actually nothing distinctive about any of the sightings aside from the Toucans. For the entire others they have been all added slowly on the informal stroll by means of the city and alongside among the outer trails.
PHOTOS TAKEN: I obtained one respectable shot of my “Lifer” right here (picture under), and I did see them many extra occasions and obtained respectable pictures in Guatemala too.
BACKGROUND ABOUT THE TOWN OF CHUNYAXCHé
Nestled on the fringe of the large Sian Ka’an Biosphere and throughout the road from the Muyil Archeological Zone, the small city of Chunyaxché is surrounded by tall timber and thick vegetation and is a superb spot for locating lots of the areas birds. It’s situated roughly 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of the coastal website of Tulum, within the Municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto within the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Nonetheless, with the development of the brand new Tulum Worldwide Airport and the Mayan Prepare line, this cozy city will likely be quickly altering.
Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Collection.