The Scaly-naped Pigeon is common and widespread throughout the Caribbean except for Jamaica and the Bahamas, where it does not occur. This species is large and distinctive within its range, showing purple-red plumage, with pale buff scaly edges to the nape feathers. The Scaly-naped Pigeon is common throughout a variety of forested habitats at most elevations. It is generally most common in intact primary lowland and montane forest, but can be seen along a variety of forest edge and secondary forest types. Enjoy!!!
The Puerto Rican Emerald (Chlorostilbon maugeaus) - in Spanish: Zumbadorcito de Puerto Rico - is a hummingbirdf ound only in Puerto Rico - an island group located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea.
They mainly occur in the mountainous regions of Puerto Rico, but are also found along the southwest coast of the main island.
Rican Emeralds are known for their extreme territorial behavior and are often observed defending their feeding or breeding territories with intense aerial pursuits of intruders. Enjoy!!!
Puerto Rican Emerald
A brood parasite, never raising its own young. Early in breeding season, males sing to attract females. A male singing to a female on the ground may take off and fly in a wide circle around her with fluttering wingbeats.
Nest: Builds no nest of its own; lays its eggs in nests of other birds. Impact of this parasite on North American birds remains to be seen. In Puerto Rico, has driven Yellow-shouldered Blackbird to endangered status.
Female Shiny Cowbird perched and looking away from me. Enjoy!!!
Sundown by the beach...Ahh, I really enjoy setting up for this kind of shots. But, honestly---who wouldn't? Everything is just amazingly beautiful and peaceful. Enjoy!!!
As The Sun Goes Down
Alejandro with the the award as an Honor Student. Congratulations my son, enjoy!!!
Here's a beautiful Female Puerto Rican Tody posing for the lens. I was lucky enough to capture this awesome specimen. Enjoy!!!
Female Puerto Rican Tody
Adelaide's warbler is a bird endemic to the archipelago of Puerto Rico belonging to the Setophaga genus of the Parulidae family. The species is named after Adelaide Swift, daughter of Robert Swift, the person who captured the first specimen. Adelaide's warbler photographed in Aguirre Forest. Enjoy!!!
So today we went to celebrate Alejandro's academic excellence. He was named as an Honor Roll Student because of his achievements in school. Can you tell that we're really proud---well we are! Enjoy!!!
On a recent birding trip while taking a break from photographing birds, I started looking around for different subjects. I didn't have to look very far when there it was---this yellow beauty in the wild. Nature never stops surprising and delighting us! Go out, explore and enjoy your surroundings, you'll be amazed!!!
Certainly one of most striking of Venezuela's native birds, the Troupial is a large oriole with sharply contrasting bright orange and black pattern, with bright blue around the eye and at the base of the bill. The Troupial’s loud, piping song is thrilling to hear. Enjoy!!!
One of five species in the Todidae, Puerto Rican Tody, is found in a wide range of wooded habitats across the island of the same name, and occurs from the coastal lowlands well into the mountains. As in all of the todies, the sexes are virtually alike (in this species differing only in iris color) and basically entirely bright green above, with a neat red chin and throat patch, a white malar streak, yellow breast sides, and yellowish flanks. Despite being endemic to the island of Puerto Rico, its describer, Lesson, was under the impression that the first specimens originated from eastern Mexico, hence the peculiar choice of scientific name. Local names for Puerto Rican Tody include San Pedrito, Medio peso, and Papagayo. Enjoy!!!
Puerto Rican Tody
So today I went to a bird watching trip with some good friends and fellow photographers. We went to a private property looking to photograph Puerto Rican Todis. The trip was a complete success and we accomplished our mission as we were able to see and photograph numerous birds including the Todi. Enjoy!!!
Black Faced Grassquit perched and nicely posing for me. This female got really curious of my presence and spent quite a bit of time studying my every move. That game me the opportunity to photograph her. Enjoy!!!
This Black and White Warbler was extremely difficult to photograph. This little fellow was really busy hunting for insects and it is lighting fast at it. I got lucky she took a break to pose for my lens. Enjoy!!!
Today's picture I took in my front yard, don't really know the name of the plant but the flower is bright orange and bold beautiful. This is a good example that shows that you don't have to go far to find inspiration. Enjoy!!!
Around the Garden
Formerly considered a subspecies of the Stolid Flycatcher, the Puerto Rican Flycatcher (M. antillarum) is endemic to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. An unadorned but handsome bird, the Puerto Rican Flycatcher's plaintive, descending call can often be heard in wooded areas, mangroves, and coffee plantations. Its local name (juí) arises from its call, traditionally considered a harbinger of both good and bad news. Though not considered a conservation priority, a long-term study in Guánica Forest suggests that its population is in decline. Much remains to be learned about this cavity nester's social habits, mating system, and demography. Enjoy!!!
Puerto Rican Flycatcher
Here's a picture of my wife and two sons as they walk toward a mangrove. My wife was taking to them and showing around where she used to play when she was growing up. Really love this image. Enjoy!!!
"Life deprived of beauty is not worthy of being called human" --- Luis Barrang. Enjoy!!!
Male House Sparrow perched and singing. There's a bunch of these guys flying around during this mating season. They display great ability in adapting in an urban environment. I caught this one in my backyard. Enjoy!!!
This ones I took right in my mother's garden. Sometimes you just have to be creative and let your senses free and capture the beauty that is there waiting for you. Enjoy!!!
Take a refreshing dip in clear rain forest water. Swim under a waterfall. It sounds like a dream. But it is actually a very popular and fun thing to do during a trip to El Yunque National Forest. The waterfall is called La Mina Falls, and it can be accessed by either of two trails: La Mina trail or Big Tree trail. At the end of any of the two trails, you will be amazed at the stunning beauty that awaits you. Enjoy!!!
La Mina Falls
While watering the plants I couldn't help to go get the camera and snap a few at this flower. Hope you like it as much as I do. Enjoy!!!
Rosa del Desierto
The Green-throated Caribs are generally common in the Lesser Antilles, ranging north to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico; where they inhabit wet forests, semi-deciduous woodlands, heavily degraded former forests, second growth scrub, as well as urban gardens and parks. Here you can see one in Mom's backyard, enjoy!!!
A long-winged, fork-tailed bird of tropical oceans, the Magnificent Frigatebird is an agile flier that snatches food off the surface of the ocean and steals food from other birds. It breeds mostly south of the United States, but wanders northward along the coasts during nonbreeding season. Enjoy!!!
Here you can see the textures created by moving water. This was taken during a spring afternoon in the northern part of Puerto Rico. Enjoy!!!