Sunny Skies at Poza Honda
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.
What Bird? There seems to be a bit of white on its neck, and some light splotches on its breast. It stayed long enough for a fair image, which is better than none!
How many birds can one see in one day? How many can one county/province or state or nation see in one day?
How many species?
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!
Look down – just past the shadows of our heads!