I consider myself to have been the bridge between the
shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching.
Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds
was to shoot them and stuff them.
– Roger Tory Peterson
May 5/2018 Global Big Day – Manabi Province/Ecuador
Wow – Shazam! A wonderful queue of delightful comments welcomed me back to cyberspace! Thank you all! The camera is a Panasonic/Lumix DMC-FZ200, which works well most of the time, though is frustrating when it thinks it should focus on a branch in the foreground, when I’m trying to photograph the difficult-to-see bird in the background! Ah, there is joy in having the ‘delete’ function, and not a worry about wasted film! There are lots of missed shots, but for the price, I’m very pleased with this ‘mirrorless’ camera.
How many birds can one see in one day? How many can one county/province or state or nation see in one day?
The eBird stats, top four countries – as of today:
The USA, reporting 716 species, submitted 43,010 checklists! Congratulations, and #2 w/checklists was Canada with 6,985. (Colombia submitted almost 5,000 checklists! Wow! Peru submitted a little over 1,500, and Ecuador submitted 419 checklists.)
(The eBird summary page is HERE/ebird.)
After a full day of birding in the Segua, we looked forward to a change in scenery.
We reached the Poza Honda reservoir around 4:30 pm, and almost immediately they started seeing new species for the day!