Resplendent Quetzals prepare their nest in Monteverde Cloud Forest



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Resplendent Quetzals prepare their nest in Monteverde Cloud Forest

a male resplendent quetzal, monteverde cloud forest preserve, costa rica

When Bob and I visited Monteverde, we hiked in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve multiple times.  One day, we found ourselves alone on a trail in the jungle.  I was ahead of Bob when I heard him exclaim in a loud whisper “there they are!”  I stopped in my tracks for Bob could only mean the Resplendent Quetzals.  The pair was perched less than 20 feet to the side of the trail. Read more

Our Guided Hike In Search Of Resplendent Quetzals at Monteverde



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Our Guided Hike In Search Of Resplendent Quetzals at Monteverde

a resplendent quetzal, male, monteverde cloud forest preserve, costa rica

The most-desired species of bird for Bob and me to see when visiting Costa Rica was the Resplendent Quetzal.  In an effort to fulfill our dream, Bob pre-booked an early-morning guided hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve.  Just before noon, our guide heard the Quetzals vocalizing, but it was actually Bob that picked them out high in the cloud forest canopy. Read more

A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park



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A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park

a barred owl, rouge national urban park, ontario

When I suggested a walk in Rouge National Urban Park one day, I jokingly said that maybe we would see an owl.  About an hour later, that prediction came true when I almost walked up to a beautiful Barred Owl sitting low in a small deciduous tree. Read more

A New Zealand Bellbird Enjoys the Nectar on a Rainy Day



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a new zealand bellbird, lake matheson, south island, new zealand

It was a rainy afternoon when Bob and I finally made it to Lake Matheson to explore the walking tracks there.  The famous reflection of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman did not materialize on the lake’s surface, but we sure had dandy views of a New Zealand Bellbird alongside the trail. Read more

Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada



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Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada

a snowy owl, amherst island, ontario

Bob and I learned about Amherst Island from fellow birders who touted it as the most reliable location to see Snowy Owls in the winter.  On our first ever trip there, we were not disappointed. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario



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A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario

a northern saw-whet owl in ontario, canada

The date was in mid-November, Bob’s birthday actually, and to mark the occasion, we decided to get out in the field for some birding.  Little did we know that a diminutive Northern Saw-whet Owl would make our day! Read more

Birding in Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic, Mexico



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a mountainview near Tepic, Mexico

The hills near Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic, Mexico.

the main entrance to Hotel Garza Canela in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico

When staying at Hotel Garza Canela, a great birding base in San Blas, Mexico, we found the hotel staff and other birders quite willing to give helpful tips on where to go looking for birds.  One recommended area was Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic.  A trip to this area required a 1 1/2 hour drive to get there. Read more

A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat



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A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat

a cooper's hawk in a north Toronto park, ontario, canada

On what seemed a very ordinary winter day, Bob and I took a leisurely walk over to one of our local parks to escape the routine of familiar household chores.  Milliken Park in Toronto, Ontario, was almost deserted.  Though we scanned bushes and trees, not a single bird was seen until I noticed a solitary Cooper’s Hawk perched on a sunlit branch.  Seconds later, the hawk launched into the air and nabbed a Big Brown Bat that was flying by. Read more

On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario



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On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario

snowy owl near brooklyn, ontario

An irruption of Snowy Owls in southern Ontario in the winter of 2017/2018 gave Bob and I huge expectations of seeing one.  Reports had been pouring in from all across the province, so we made plans to go touring with friends in the hopes of turning up a couple. Read more

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