Friday, March 26, 2010

Rare Rufous-Vented Ground Cuckoo Photographed

It has been a number of months since my last blog entry. I have been busy with trips to Peru, Panama and Mexico. I have numerous photographs and stories to share.

I thought it would be fitting to first share this photograph of the Rufous Vented Ground Cuckoo. On a recent Birding Life Tours trip to Panama we were heading up the famous Pipeline road and ran into an Ant Swarm and were likely enough not only to spot this rare bird but also get this one photograph. Not a spectacular shot but given the circumstances I was happy to get the capture. Our guide, Guido Berguido spotted him first. A rare bird and a great find for our checklist. About 20 seconds after this photograph was taken a tiny Hawk swooped in and attempted to capture one of the many birds following this ant swarm.

Join me on our trip to Brazil in Jun.