Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent.  This past weekend we watched the feeders and sky and tallied our...


The Jabiru is the tallest flying bird found in South America and Central America, often standing around the same height as the flightless and much heavier American Rhea. The adult Jabiru is typically 122–140 cm (48–55 in) long, 230–280 cm (90–111 in) across the wings,...

Black-collared Hawk

Lots of new Raptors on this trip. One of the more common hawks was the Black-collared Hawk.  This guy lives on a diet mainly composed of fish. It also eats water bugs and occasionally lizards, snails and rodents.

Scarlet Macaws

The Scarlet Macaws of Hato Pinero were one of the most beautiful sites on our bird trip to Venezuela.  Each morning, we heard the calls of 10-12 Macaws that live around the ranch headquarters. These guys spend a lot of time feeding on fruit and cackling. ...

Tanagers @ Casa Maria

Tanagers are one of my all time favorite bird families with over 240 known species. Here are several of the Tanagers we saw in the area surrounding Casa Maria Lodge.