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The Difference a Cloud Makes

We all know them well, we used to look up at them and let our imagination run wild when we were children, we've drawn them, and I'm sure at some point in time we've all opened MS Paint and spraypainted some white fluffy "clouds" on a ridiculously cyan "sky" - after Solitaire became too much of a bore. Windows 98 aside, for those of you who can remember such a thing - this probably means you're knee deep into adulthood at the very least by now. Which, unfortunately for too many of us, means that we've become rather disconnected with our cotton-balls of the sky. Perhaps if someone reports a Pokemon...

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In Shade In Sun or In Sun In Shade?

Today's post title took me a while to understand - I'm still not sure if I've gotten it, but I'll share a couple pictures with you and we'll see if things make any sense. So firstly, In Shade In Sun:                   And In Sun In Shade:             I'd like to specially thank this obliging Barred Antshrike for his time and patience with me under these um, interesting conditions. Which of these tickles your fancy, if any? Or both?

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Oh Frigates

With the recent obliteration of Barbuda (and other nearby islands, but I'm specifically targeting Barbuda here) as a result of Hurricane Irma, there is a major concern (apart from the obvious humanitarian issue) about the fate of the island's bird population. Many migratory birds such as sparrows and shorebirds can sense differences in barometric pressure - and either change their migratory route or delay/expedite their travels to suit. Some others may skirt around the edge of the storms, and a few intrepid individuals decide to brave the storm itself. In fact, there is a well-known record of a GPS-enabled...

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The Last of the Light

Thought this would be a rather over-dramatic title, but then again - it is a magical time, that moment when the light is fading quickly around you, and scenes you had grown accustomed to in the harsh heat of the day have now spread themselves across the entire spectrum. I enjoy shooting in the early morning as well - but at sundown I've already located all my subjects and don't have to spend time fumbling and bumbling in the darkness, trying to locate creatures that have seen me from miles away. Those who know me would be well aware of my penchant for playing with light. After all, it's not like...

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Small, Smaller, Smallest

After a short hiatus, I posted the bimonthly Hacienda Jacana birding list a couple days ago, and it reminded me of how much I enjoy writing about how much I enjoy photographing nature. That sentence should add up perfectly, right? Anyway, after that ton of bird photos, I figured I'd share something different. I don't particularly know how to go herping as how I know how to go birding, but sometimes we happen to stumble upon something interesting. A few weeks ago, we saw this little lizard scampering away from our approaching humanoid forms. So obviously, I picked it up and took a few photos....

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Birding Hacienda Jacana: July/August

As is typical of my style, by the time we were rolling down the hill approaching the Hacienda Jacana entrance, all I could hear was my stomach digesting itself. With approximately two hours left in the day, the question was to bird or to eat? Obviously the only logical answer was both. I wolfed down that late lunch, and recorded a number of species by ear as we ate - trying desperately to hear Barred Antshrikes and a distant Southern Beardless Tyrannulet over the din of mastication. My food had not yet reached my stomach properly and I was already getting my camera ready for a brief walk before...

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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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