Archive for January, 2013

The Doves of the East Cape Area of Baja.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013


Pictured is the White-wing Dove,

This is one of the five different doves in our area. The White-wing is the most common, and most often seen. The other doves are: the Common Ground-dove, Ruddy Ground-dove, Mourning Dove and the Eurasian Collored-dove. We will describe each of the species. So that you may identify them.


Common Orioles of Baja, Mexico

Saturday, January 19th, 2013



Male Hooded Oriole – one of two common species in Baja.


In our area of Baja, Mexico we have two common species of Orioles. They are the Hooded Oriole and the Scott’s Oriole. The orioles are in the  Iceterids  family. This family includes the backbirds, meadow larks and grackles. Within this family the orioles are separated into the genus Icterus. This genus has 6 species of Orioles. Only two of which are common in our area. The Hooded Oriole (Icterus cuculatus) and the Scott’s Oriole (Icterus partsorium) (more…)

Some Closeup Photographs

Monday, January 14th, 2013


I spent a couple of hours sitting within about 4 ft (1 meter) from a hummingbird feeder. The normal lens on the Panasonic FZ 40 will only focus to a minumun distance of 6 feet when out at max zoom factor (X39). But when I switched to AF Macro the minumum distance decreases to 3 feet and I can now focus. (more…)

Solitary Wasp (Vespidae) photos

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


The wasp is a common insect in the southern part of Baja, Mexico. I often encounter them while photographing hummingbirds. They are truly beautiful insects when viewed up close. The wasp in these photos belongs to the a group of wasps known as ‘solitary’, as opposed to ‘social’. (more…)

A typical morning birding in Baja – Jan 9 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013



Day starts clear, cold and windy. It’s been this way all week. Will be happy when the wind drops. Decided to just roam around this morning. Sun was just touching the mountain tops when I left. First stop was Las Cuevas where I saw my first Thick-billed Kingbird for this season. He was ‘hawking’ honey bees out of the air. While no rare he is not common either. I probably see 30 Cassin’s to one Thick-bill.