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PC170454 EL MATAL HIGH NOON MID DECEl Matal, Ecuador (and Jama)
In contrast to the previous post that illustrates the vanishing beach and the work to protect the front line, these images showcase the amazing beauty of the frigates, pelicans, gulls and boobies of the area. (Yes, boobies!)

P7120166 BOOBIES EL MATAL 2014

Pelican, Seagull and Frigate

Pelican, Seagull and Frigate

(These photos were uploaded on Friday and scheduled to fly to you on the day of the December Solstice.   Enjoy!)  Z

PC170568 EL MATAL LITTLE BOATS

Let’s crank the boats and fly with the birds!

PC170558 EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170506 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170527 GULLS

PC170512 FRIGATES Y PELICANS  EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170509 FRIGATES Y PPELICANS EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170503 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170493 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170489 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

(A fisherman tossed some scraps, and the birds went into an instant feeding frenzy!)

PC170484 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

How does one count so many birds?

PC170482 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 17 2014

PC170483 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170497 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170498 FRIGATES EL MATAL DEC 2014

PC170477 EL MATAL HIGH NOON MID DEC FRIGATES

PC170477 EL MATAL HIGH NOON MID DEC

Remember the Christmas Backyard Bird Count that’s in progress until early January!  Even if you do not formally participate, take a little time with your friends and family and see how many birds you can count in your neighborhood!

I’m quite lucky to have over 70 species in my backyard – um, i mean side yard and river!

P8080241 BLUE CROWNED MOT MOT IN MANGROVES

P8180072 little birds algarrobo tree small file

(A helicopter flew over the mangroves!)

(A helicopter flew over the mangroves!)

P8170046 ibis y stilts

P8310113 pelican flight

P7120074 early mornin heron P7120088 great egert morning P7120110 KINGFISHER awakenings on the rio

We’ll close with a few yoga solstice exercises, led by the majestic cocoi heron:
P7120045 cocoi yoga

P7120054 cocoi heron yoga

P7120068 cocoi yoga

P7120080 cocoi yoga

P7120092 COCOI MORNING

There! Isn’t that a nice way to start the day?!

P7120099 JULY 12 MORNING ON THE RIVER

See you Wednesday night or Thursday morning with a tide report. Z

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