#484-#487 at Bosque Seco de Guanica

Second full day of the trip I finally convinced Beth to go to the Dry Forest, though the heat chased us out after and hour, even though we started before 10:00. Nonetheless we scored 4 life birds in that short time! The first was one I was afraid I’d never see, the endemic Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoo. I’ve had bad luck with cuckoos before, but this was the easiest I’ve ever found:


Next up was another endemic, the Puerto Rican Tody, an almost Hummingbird sized-bird. Although bright green, red, and white it blends right into the foliage. It’s much easier to hear than see or photograph. Fortunately there were half a dozen around:

Third life bird needed a photograph to ID, and I’m still not absolutely 100% certain; but this looks like a pretty good match for the Caribbean Elaenia:

Final life bird for this site was the endemic Adelaide’s Warbler on the Ballenos trail:

I wasn’t expecting this one and wasn’t ready for it (unlike the cuckoo and the Tody that I had studied in advance); but it was obviously a warbler and easy enough to find in the field guide, if not to photograph:

Total species count was only 7 but over 50% were life birds:

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo
  • Puerto Rican Tody
  • Caribbean Elaenia
  • Gray Kingbird
  • Pearly-eyed Thrasher
  • Adelaide’s Warbler

2 Responses to “#484-#487 at Bosque Seco de Guanica”

  1. Tor Says:

    Which lens are these taken with? The first shot looks amazingly sharp!

  2. Elliotte Rusty Harold Says:

    Canon 400mm f/5.6L on a 50D body. Despite the lack of image stabilization, it does a very good job when you can get the bird in focus and not mixed up with a lot of leaves and twigs. I’m quite happy with it.

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