Collared Crescentchest, Cerrado, Brazil

Chasing


Being in possession of a photo of a Collared Crescentchest, an obscure, tiny tropical bird, is likely evidence of a hard core birder. There’s some noise in the background; it was quite dark when the photo was taken: f5.6, 1/250th of a second and ISO 12800. The species is skulky, lurking in the grass and…

Greater Rhea Chicks

Family Values


Well, Greater Rhea family values anyway. Which are instructive. A fairly common sight on the Pantanal in Brazil: The males courts and fertilizes a number of females, all of whom lay their eggs in his nest. And then leave. Probably to find another male. So the males care for the kids until they are grown. Males…

Montezuma Oropendola, Dominant Male, Arenal, Costa Rica

Birding in the Tropics


Back in 1998, WC made his first birding trip to the tropics, specifically to Costa Rica. The first night outside of San Jose, the capital, was at a jungle lodge on the Caribbean slope. WC and Mrs. WC were awakened before dawn by an incredible chorus of Montezuma Oropendolas. Oropoendolas are colonial nesters, weaving long,…