A lovely little cloud-forest flycatcher, more easily seen than heard, this one was kind enough to pop up right in front of me and while we froze, looking at each other, I had just enough time to get that one shot before the crossed the path and vanished in the bamboo thickets!
I saw this shrike yesterday near Valensole (northeast of Marseille, in lavender country). Red-backed shrikes were plentiful on that dry plateau but this one looked a bit odd, with its partly grey back.
I did a quick image search and didn't find one where I could see that.
I realize it's...
I've had a few encounters with snakes when birding in Latin America, usually at night, and almost always with Fer de Lances (big powerful vipers, they're the snakes that cause the most human deaths on the continent).
What's most impressive to me is that they never flee. They stay perfectly...
Check out the manakins of Brazil, I don't think any other country has such a stunning diversity of them, with the three stars (in my opinion) being Araripe, Helmeted, and Pin-tailed.
I hope to see them some day!
The males of this species are easily identified thanks to the combination of their red head and white eyes. The round tail that gives them their name is actually quite obvious at certain angles and can be useful in identifying the typically drab females.
Wow, only just checking the forum this morning, this thread did not go in the direction I expected!
While it has been a good week for vagrants (Baird's Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper in Camargue), it also means that the area has been crawling with top birders, and people have been at the...