Mar 19-22 2016 The Old Town
Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta is an excellent place for bird watching due to its geographic location, as there are more than 350 species of birds in the area, including aquatic, land and marine birds.
On the Beach
|A sense of place. Puerto Vallarta's old town beach. Nikon P100|
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas.
|Magnificent frigate bird with a fish it has just stolen from an elegant tern in mid-air.|
These frigate birds were taken in the downtown area on the famous Malecon promenade, a beachfront attraction that draws thousands of visitors during the day and pounds with the sound of music at night. Despite it all there is some really good birding right along the beach.
Birds of suburban creeks and parks.
There are numerous small creeks running into Banderas Bay that attract a host of species including herons, egrets, pelicans, sandpipers, black-necked stilts and the odd eight foot long crocodile. Tread carefully when stalking birds as one never knows what could be lurking underfoot!
|White ibis and tri-coloured heron in the background.|
|Black-bellied whistling duck.|
In the trees were White-winged Pigeons, orchard and streak-backed orioles.The whistling ducks on the local golf club shot from distance through a fence.
|A brightly coloured Streaked-backed Oriole.|
|Streaked back oriole( dull adult)|
The streaked-back is the most common resident oriole in thorn to tropical deciduous forest and lower pine-oak zone.
|Bourganvillia and streaked-back Oriole.|
I also photographed Bullock's in the mountains and hooded at the coast.
This ends an exiting ten days in Mexico, my first ever birding excursion outside of Canada. It looks like it won't be my last!
"It's never too late to start birding"