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Another Blackbird

Sharing another Blackbird with you - literally a member of the Icteridae family - that which encompasses all things blackbird. In this case, the Yellow-hooded Blackbird. Not to be confused with the Yellow-headed Blackbird that's resident in North America. Ours is smaller and the boundaries of the yellow hood of the male are slightly different. As with most icterids, the males are noisy and are constantly seeking attention. For those of us toting cameras, they tend to always make willing subjects.                   Females...

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What is Black?

Now it's not always one gets to investigate multiple species of birds that belong to one colour slice - but I had just the opportunity some weeks ago. One morning there seemed to be nothing showing but black birds. Fortunately the overcast conditions lent to my camera sensor absorbing as much subtle colour as possible from these superficially black birds. I say superficially black as that's the first instinct, you see them from a distance and sure enough, they look like black dots flitting around; in the case of the Blue-black Grassquit it's a black dot that's hopping up and down. But it isn't...

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The Standoff

Many of us resident in T&T are familiar with (at least the sound of) Southern Lapwings. For those of us who like to go and play a little football in the afternoon run the risk of being bombarded by these noisy, seemingly always angry birds. And as with most things ubiquitous, they tend to go under the radar of most. More on this later. Just a couple other common friends to throw in to the mix as well, Greyish Saltators are traditionally referred to as "pitch-0il" for their call - nothing else. Their distinctive voice frustrates many, as these shy birds tend to stay out of the limelight.                   Yellow-bellied...

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Moving Targets from a Moving Vehicle

One can be proud of whatever one desires, and as a photographer I can look back on some of my images and feel that certain sense of pride. Some images though, are more about the story than the final product. Some time ago, while enjoying the rare privilege of being a passenger - even moreso a backseat passenger; my roving eyes caught a medium-sized flock of Scarlet Ibis flying over the mangroves. Well, I figured - why not give it a shot. It's not like my hands and feet were occupied as they usually are. Tons of fun to track these gorgeous birds as they cruised just over the treetops. Naturally,...

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Cutest Wetland Couple Revisited

Many moons ago, I wrote a post on the cutest wetland couple - the seemingly inseparable male and female White-headed Marsh Tyrant. Nothing like a tyrant at all, this tiny bird is a member of the flycatcher family; so perhaps to a bee or wasp it might just be the most terrifying sight imaginable. A visit to any swampy area within Trinidad is bound to yield at least one couple of these adorable little birds. And I say one couple because once you see a male, you will see a female and vice versa. On this occasion we spotted the female first. Her delicate appearance belies the killer's agenda as she scans...

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Fancy Pigeon

Back from a couple weeks away from the pc - returned to find 1,866 comments in need of moderation. 100% of which were spam. I've been on a loose photographic mission, with a couple life-changing experiences thrown in to the mix. I have been active on my recently revamped Instagram account, though - albeit with some older images from the archives. Anyway, re-opening my account here with one of my favourite local pigeon species, and in my mind one of the most beautiful. The Pale-vented Pigeon is affectionately called Ramier (not sure about the spelling, or the correct pronunciation for that...

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