Friday, March 16, 2018

More birds

Our second day at the dock in the second port there was good old-fashioned rain and lots of it!  It is a rainforest, after all. These birds were fun to see as we had only seen the horizon where the ocean met the sky for days along with a rare frigate bird high in the distance. These had taken shelter in the ship's rigging and were busy eating all the bugs that had landed on the boat attracted by the lights at night.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A New Bird for Me

This bird below is a Yellow-rumped Cacique which we were able to see early (very early) one morning outside a town on the Amazon river. My camera decided to choke on the autofocus modes unless the temperature was in a very tight range on this these are not a sharp photos. (I know, what a bad time for the autofocus to opt out!)

They nest in long pods of woven grass that hang from branches of trees that are usually close to marsh or lake edges. Being social and fairly common they can breed in colonies of up to 250 nests! Females do all the nest building, feeding and rearing. The male just fights for territory. They eat both insects and fruits. The males are polygamous and can consort with up to 30 females...since they only impregnate and fight for territory.  By clustering together they also can defend themselves from predators by mobbing the enemy.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Bigger Window

Far from land, the vast horizon across the ocean gives one a better perspective on the size of human life. When you do finally see a coastline, especially a tropical coastline, it usually means weather.

But the weather may also be a very small localized bit of weather.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Following the Sun

Sunsets are lovely everywhere it seems. These were taken offshore of Miami, Florida before our recent trip through the Caribbean and further South.

That old sun is such a mugger.