Sunday, January 31, 2010

Big hummingbirds at Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador

EDIT: Finally, after two years, I've managed to identify these. Thanks to Dan McGehee and Larry Sirvio in Facebook group 340 Hummingbirds.

Photo 1. Green-crowned Brilliant  (Heliodoxa jacula)

Photo 2. Also Green-crowned Brilliant  (Heliodoxa jacula)

Photo 3.  Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris).

Photo 4. And the same Green-crowned Brilliant  (Heliodoxa jacula)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hummingbird chaos at Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador

Oh my, I've been avoiding this cam but finally I decided to try.... and what a chaos of hummingbirds and other rain forest birds was waiting me there. Well, the World Land Trust HumminBird Identication Guide and Gyorgy Szimuly helped me identify some of them:

1.     White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)
2.     Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans)
3.     Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis)
4.     Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)
5.     Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)
6.     Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)
7.     Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)

Below is the first photo. The bird in the left is Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola),big black-headed green one is Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) and the big hummingbird on the right is White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora).

So far 18 species observed at Luciano Breves' backyard

The Brazilian live webcam of Luciano Breves is simply amazing. So many birds, so many species. Within two days I have identified already 18 species:

1.     Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacoti)
2.     Sombre Hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrochloris)
3.     Black Jacobin (Florisuga fusca)
4.     Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis)
5.     Violet-capped Woodnymph (Thalurania glaucopis)
6.     Versicolored Emerald  (Amazilia versicolor)
7.     Glittering-throated Emerald  (Amazilia fimbriata)
8.     Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris)
9.     Creamy-bellied Thrush (Turdus amaurochalinus)
10.     Violaceous Euphonia (Euphonia violacea)
11.     Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)
12.     Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)
13.     Ruby-crowned Tanager (Tachyphonus coronatus)
14.     Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius)
15.     Sayaca Tanager (Thraupis sayaca)
16.     Azure-shouldered Tanager (Thraupis cyanoptera)
17.     Palm Tanager  (Thraupis palmarum)
18.     Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon)

Below is some new photos that I've managed to capture:

Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius) and Violaceous Euphonia (Euphonia violacea)

 Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris)

From left to right: Sombre Hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrochloris), Versicolored Emerald  (Amazilia versicolor) and Black Jacobin (Florisuga fusca)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

More new birds from rainforests of Brazil

Ornithos at gave me many new species today, all now identified, thanks again to  Luciano Breves who teached me!

The photos below are all from south east Brazil.

Below: Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulpuhuratus)

Below: Dusky-legged Guan (Penelope obscura)

Below: Better photo of Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacoti)

Below: Violaceous Euphonias (Euphonia violacea), an adult male left and female on the right.

Below: Creamy-bellied Thrush (Turdus amaurochalinus)

Below: Young male on the left and female on the right... both Violaceous Euphonia (Euphonia violacea).

Northern Fulmars at Fidra

Remote birding target of this morning was the island of Fidra in Scotland, UK. Scottish Seabird Centre's webcam shows the breeding colony of Northern Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis). The video stream is bit fuzzy, at least this time of day, but you can still see the Fulmars. I will follow the camera, if I can get a decent photo of these birds.

The link to the Fidra webcam is

P.S. got finally a decent photo:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Late night stork at Nkorho Pan

Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) came to pond at Nkorho Pan at 23:30. Nice end to the long day... thank you South Africa!

South-American identification problems

Oh no, now I got lost to South-America... and I don't even have any field guides of the birds of South America. The site where the web cameras are is this:

Three nice cameras, one in the homepage and two others under links to "Observatorio I" and "Observatorio II". The home page cam is located in Brazil, "Observatorio II" in Ecuador and "observatorio III" is also in Brazil.

During very quick visit I saw at least 7 different species and I have no clue what they are. Well, ok, one was dove, then there were hummingbirds and one bird looked like some starling - but really, I have no idea of their actual identitity. Below is two photos, just for example.

P.S. is a site where you can dig photos of Brazilian birds - it helped me to identify the dove in the first photo above: it is Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti).

P.S. 2: Okay, now I know the rest of the birds too: the hummingbird above is female Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis) and in the upper photo the bird on the right is Sayaca Tanager (Thraupis sayaca). Thanks to Luciano Breves for teaching me!

Oh, and I ordered today "A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil" from Amazon, I hope it helps even more.

Couple of new birds observed at Nkorho

During afternoon tea break I had a chance to check what happens in South Africa. Lucky me, the above birds were on the Nkorho cam. 3 Ground Hornbills (Bucorvus leadbeateri), very nice! In addition to them at least two Burchell's Starling (Lamprotornis australis) were calling / singing close to the camera.

White-tailed Eagle at lunch hour

11:45 today, while having a lunch, I happened to peek in to Estonian carrion cam. Good choice, White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) had the lunch hour also. Below the eagle there is two Common Ravens (Corvus corax) in the photo. The camera can be found here:

Woolly-necked Stork at Tembe

Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) landed about at 12:45 in front of Tembe cam. Nice observation, never seen this bird before.

African Fish Eagle and Marabou Stork at Tembe webcams are / were down this morning due to thunderstorm during night. Tembe cam was the first to come up. Usually there's not many birds visible in that camera, but this morning I got a nice surprise: African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) was walking on the ground! It's a shame that they don't have sounds in that camera, as it would have been cool to hear Fish Eagle calling - I love that sound, for me it's the master sound of Africa, like roaring of the Lion. 

P.S. later 1 Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) visited Tembe, showing in camera just some 15 seconds.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Three nocturnal birds at Elephants Plains

Evening visit to South Africa, crickets, frogs, owls and nigh jar. Very nice! The species are Fiery-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis), African Barred Owlet (Glaucidium capense) and African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis). And they are calling all the time. Go and listen:

More bird sounds identified at

Today I'm working in my office in South Africa, virtually of course, but with live video stream and sounds from my second computer. Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola) was again singing this morning and right now the Woodland Kingfishers (Halcyon senegalensis) are calling close to the Elephant Plains camera. Many other sounds of course, and I'm trying to identify them all, slowly...

P.S. Crested Barbet (
Trachyphonus vaillantii) has been singing several times in Nkorho Pan webcam. Also the Woodland Kingfishers are calling every now and then.

Later in the afternoon I got an excellent hint - it was this website: Sounds of Nkorho Cam
After listening through all the bird sounds from that site, I was immediately able to identify three more birds:
Burchell's Coucal (Centropus burchellii), Crested Francolin (Francolinus sephaena) and Emerald-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur chalcospilo).

Monday, January 25, 2010

Steller's Jay at James Reserve

A short trip to James Reserve gave me a Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri). Very beautiful, I saw it last time few months ago live in British Columbia. This Jay was visiting in Tray Feeder:

Black-headed Oriole

Well, at least one familiar song bird in South Africa - or so I thought... sounds like the Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) but it was not it... instead it was  local Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus). The song is very close to it's European cousin - good reminder that one has to be always careful with these sounds! Bird was singing close to Elephant plains webcam at:

But all the rest are still unidentified...

Now this place is a real challenge...

Welcome to Nkorho Pan:

What a mess of singing birds! So far I have not identified any of them... Fortunately I saw 3 Red-billed Oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) in the backs of Impalas, but so far it's the only species that I have managed to identify...


Later today I saw at least 10 Red-billed Buffalo Weavers (Bubalornis niger), 2 Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca) and heard singing Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola) and House Sparrows (Passer domesticus). In addition to those I saw some unidentified Swallows and some Lapwing that had white in the upperside of the wings.

Birds at eagle feeding place

This place is somewhere in Estonia, very cool webcam indeed. I saw several birds, including the king of carrion, White-tailed Eagle, who flew by but did not land.

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) 1 adult
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 6
Common Magpie (Pica pica) 2
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) 1 sound
Great Spotted  Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 1
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) 1 male

Hmmm... lots of  "Common" birds .... :-) The site URL is:

Ravens and Common Buzzard

Lots of birds in Estonian feeding place

This site is great:

The stream has been open in my computer during the day about 30 minutes, and so far I have observed the following species:

Great Tit (Parus major), at least 3
Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) 1
Willow Tit (Poecile montanus) 1
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), at least 4
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) 1 sound
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) 1 sound
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3

Great Tit


Grey Heron and Oriental Storks

Quick trip to Japan gave me two more species: Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) and Oriental Storks (Ciconia boyciana). The location was Village Park of Hyōgo Prefecture in Toyooka-shi, Japan. The camera URL is: The actual site for the storks is

Great Tit roosting

I just found this Great Tit (Parus major) roosting in nest box. Location is Raisio, southern Finland and the website is:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

First birds: Mountain Chickadee, Acorn Woodpecker, House Finch and Pygmy Nuthatch

The first bird I saw was Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli), just few minutes ago. The location is James Reserve at Lake Fulmor, Idyllwild, California, USA and the website for camera is

This place seems to be a real hotspot for remote birding!

Next one was this Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus):

And the next ones were House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) and Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea):

Remote birding - what does it mean?

You'll probably know what birding means - yes, it's watching the birds i.e birdwatching. But remote birding?

Well, in remote birding you don't need binoculars, scope nor camera, but you must have internet connection and TV to watch birds.

So, I'm trying to see and identify birds in live TV broadcasts and through online webcams. I will not pay any attention to recordings or movies, all the birds must be out there somewhere right at the same moment when I see them. I'm also trying to capture photos of all the birds, whenever it's possible.

At this moment this is just an experiment - I'm just curious on how many bird species I can see and identify via cables!