WC’s effort to count the number of bird species he’s photographed continues. All the photos from Peru, Antarctica, Oaxaca, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and the Galapagos have been reviewed. More than half have been discarded. The process necessarily slows down as you start running into duplicates.
And it took about three hours to sort out what the International Ornithological Union had done to Motmots.
Yes, there’s a family of birds called Motmots. They are named for their calls. And they are gorgeous birds. Here are the five species WC has worked through so far.
The IOU has changed the classification of the Motmots three times since 2007, the date of the first photo.1 WC will spare you the details. But the changes make most of the field guides useless. For all WC knows, the IOU will change them again before this post goes up. There are, at present, 14 species. WC may have a couple more photos. Or not.
So the count is at 607 species photographed, with almost all of Ecuador (more than 20,000 photos), the Pantanal in Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama and, oh, right, North America, still to go.