I missed my goal to publish a monthly blog, but travels have taken me away. I will skip some locations visited in the meantime and leave incomplete my France blog and go on to my most recent adventure. Ibera is the second largest wetland of the world in the Province of Corrientes, Argentina. I have known about this place for several years but I was not able to find a contact to get there since it is not easily accessible; it took me long hours of driving for about two days to get there Buenos Aires. After two days of great weather the rains came, so I moved on north to the Iguazu Falls.
Other closely related birds that when I first saw them, promptly confused them with those in the USA, such as the White-necked heron (Garza mora) with our Great Blue Heron, the Chalked-browed mockingbird (Calandria grande) with our Northern Mockingbird, both share the same Genus.
There is no way that I can include all the birds I photographed in this blog so as to avoid boring you, I will make a few entries. The blue period: First a pair of Magpie Tanagers (Frutero uvero) exhibiting pairing behavior where the male is courting by feeding the female (I did not witness the final outcome.) Then, the Plush –crested Jay (Urraca comun), a very aggressive bird and similar in behavior to our Blue Jays followed by a Screaming Cowbird (Tordo pico corto) followed by a Sacaya Tanager (Celestino comun). And then my favorite, the Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird
( Picador tijera); not only colorful but big.
A rainbow of colors period.: The Blue and Yellow Tanager (Naranjero), Green-headed Tanager (Saira arcoiris), female Blue Dacnis (Sai Azul) and a lucky shot; 3 species in one frame.
But wait, I almost left out the rainbow of colors, a pair of Yellow-fronted woodpeckers (Carpintero Arcoiris); the male is the one with the full red head and the yellow spot in the forehead.