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ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

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  1. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    19 March I planned to spend the morning birding the Monte Pirata area on the western end of the island while Tom went for a long bike ride. I dropped Tom off on the lower slope of Monte Pirata and started the hike up. The habitat is dense, dry mesquite scrub at low elevation, with birds such as...
  2. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    18 March Our first full day on Vieques, we wandered into town around 7:00 am to find most places still closed except for a panaderia, where we grabbed some breakfast and coffee. Having learned last night that taxis need to be arranged in advance, I called to schedule us a pick up for 10:00 to...
  3. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    17 March We were scheduled to travel to Vieques today, but we had the whole morning available before we needed to return our car in San Juan and begin our journey, so we decided to try for Puerto Rican Parrot at Rio Abajo. It was an easy 2-hour drive from where we were staying, taking us into...
  4. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    March 16 Another early start, with about an hour's drive to get to Maricao State Forest, where I'd be targeting the remaining Puerto Rican endemics except for the parrot. The drive from the lake house was mostly on narrow back roads winding up into the mountains, and google maps did a rather...
  5. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    Also some insects of Guanica: Red Rim, Florida Purplewing, Caribbean Cracker, Zeta abdominale (type of mason wasp)
  6. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    Thanks all! I'll try not to take forever between updates haha. Mike, my understanding is that the host did not want any food smells inside the house to attract insects, anoles, etc any more than necessary. March 15 We got up a bit before first light and drove down toward Rojo Cabo at the very...
  7. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    March 14 The main objective of this day was just to get to the SW part of the island, though I had a number of loose birding ideas along the way. As typical, I woke up before Tom was ready to go, so I made some coffee and then headed out for a walk around the neighborhood. Zenaida Doves...
  8. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    March 13 This was a long travel day - it's not really that far from the Gulf Coast to anywhere in the Caribbean, but getting reasonably-priced flights when I purchased them only a month ago resulted in a flight out from New Orleans (1.5 hour drive from home, vs. Gulfport at 30 min) and an...
  9. ovenbird43

    Puerto Rico, March 2022

    Just back from an 8-day spring trip to Puerto Rico, which included several days on Vieques for Bridled Quail-Dove and snorkeling. I chose Puerto Rico in large part due to circumstance - I had some airline credit from flights canceled back in spring 2020 due to COVID, but I could only use them...
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