Pacific Pygmy Owl – Casa Posa Honda/ owner’s garden – Manabi Province
“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.”
― Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir
My new home offers a serene immersion in nature; the birds – many of them new to me – stop by often, as if to pay proper respect to the newcomer. This post shares some of those birds – one species, if the ID is correct, appears to be quite special!
Calling all birders! Is this an Orange-fronted Barbet?
The RED LIST states:
Population: This is a poorly known species and no population estimates are available. It is considered generally uncommon.
Trend Justification: A moderately rapid and on-going population decline is suspected owing to habitat loss.”
And here is its range map: EBIRD-Orange Fronted Barbet
If you like birds, then scroll on down and meet more of the feathered members of the neighborhood!
“The Neighborhood’ is pictured below:
With the truck loaded with large frames, paintings and rolled canvases, I stopped on the dam to photograph the ‘Reservoir Poza Honda.” “Home” is straight across, tucked near the base of the slope.
Home sweet home; this is the yen to Casa Loca, yet it also represents a total immersion in nature. It provides a perfect setting for the next chapter.
Look out the window:
“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.” – Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays
There is an impressive buffer of natural and planted vegetation between the house and the lake. Would you like to walk down to explore the grounds with me? Perhaps we’ll see a few birds! Continue reading