Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tipping The Scale

Scaled Quail
I search for something. I stare at the grasses.  I stare at the landscape.  I listen to the wind, to the water, to the trees........for it.  For that which I seek.
When I hear.  When I finally see.  I stand in awe.  For finally it has happened. The target bird.
There is really no other way to put it, but finding that target bird is such a reward.
Snowy Plover
We all begin finding birds.  It's fun and relatively easy.  As the lifelist narrows down, it becomes much more challenging taking us to habitat unknown and unfamiliar.
So when that lifebird is found later on in the bird quest, it's much more thrilling and exciting. 
Barn Swallow
                     Along the way, other creatures make themselves known.  And that is also exciting.
Horny Toad
I will now begin my official international birding.  While I've done it in the past for only those "cool" birds, this time around it's entirely and completely different.  My eyes are open.
Bank Swallows
I will be out of the country for a month and turning off the internet.    
Red-necked Phalarope
I have 3 posts scheduled for the month and look forward to sharing my Guatemalan finds with you all when I get back.  So if I'm not writing you back, you know why:)  It has been a crazy ride since school has finished and it will continue until July.  My goal is to add on 100+ lifebirds on this trip to Guatemala.  Some will be easy.  Some will be familiar.  And some will surely challenge my birding skills.  Stay tuned for more. 
I'm linking to Stewart M's Wildbird Wednesday.


  1. Love the cute Quail and the pretty Snowy Plover. Congrats on your lifer, Chris!

  2. Well done on the target bird :) Have a great trip and look forward to seeing all your exciting finds when you return :)

  3. Chris, enjoy your trip, see every thing you can and come back to share all of your new birds with us!!

  4. Have a wonderful trip Chris, I have no doubt that you will have a fabulous time and find many new birds and other creatures. Will look out for your news :)

  5. Have a wonderful trip Chris. The photos today are beautiful!

  6. Have a wonderful trip (how can you not?) Can't wait to see the photos you return with.

  7. good luck on your trip! loved the horny toad. :)

  8. was reading about quail feathers, and now you bring me the bird, whole alive and in a HURRY! Got life birds to find ...

  9. Qué bonita la Codorniz crestiblanca.. Me encanta.. Un saludo..

  10. Enjoy every minute of this wonderful journey. You will be missed.

  11. Have a fabulous trip, Chris. We will miss you --but you will have a marvelous time I'm sure.

    I love the Plover... Cute!!! AND the Quails are neat birds also...

    That Toad... I'm not sure how CUTE he is... ha ha

    Have fun..

  12. Am envious of your upcoming trip, but if I can't do it, then you are definitely most deserving of it and I know you will be coming back with some awesome birds to share with all of us. Looking forward to your return. Have a great trip!

  13. I still find it intriguing to see birds that are almost - but not quite - the same as down here! That'll make OZ birding quite challenging if you ever try it!!

  14. lovely! I find that just sitting there and being seems to bring me all sorts of wonderful surprises...birds, lizards, snakes, butterflies, etc. Enjoy your trip, and I look forward to seeing your photos of the trip.

  15. Congrats on the new bird Chris- the number of birds you encounter is amazing- thanks for sharing :)

  16. Great pictures - and a nice description of the lead up to seeing a new bird.

    Dont let the quest for 100 get in the way of other equally good things.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  17. That Horny Toad is actually cute!!

  18. Yeah! Have a great time! I can't wait to see what you find! We will both come back with stories to tell and birds to share! Stay safe but have fun! I will miss you!

    BTW, your BiF blogpost is OUTSTANDING!

  19. Good luck in Guatemela Chris. All those lifebirds to come must be a great incentive.

  20. Have a wonderful birding trip, sounds amazing....

    I hope that you get to fill that life bird list, and we all look forward to seeing what you find.


  21. Scaled Quail? That's mostly what I have here, but some Gambel's Q. and waiting to see some more hybrids between both.

  22. Miłego pobytu w innym kraju i "złapania" aparatem wspaniałych i rzadkich ptaków. Pozdrawiam.
    Enjoy your stay in another country and "catch" the camera magnificent and rare birds. Yours.


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