Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the nice fortune to photographically doc 85% of the fowl species added to my “Life Checklist.” This weblog collection showcases the pictures and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a bit of in regards to the atmosphere and tradition of the world. This Lifer weblog collection begins with my first LIFER exterior of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.
Russet-naped Wooden-Rail (Aramides albiventris) > Rallidae > Gruiformes
IDENTIFICATION: Giant, brightly coloured, chicken-like rail of freshwater marshes and damp woodland, much less usually happens in mangroves. In contrast to many rails, could be conspicuous, even daring, strolling within the open alongside the sting of ponds and rivers, twitching its brief black tail; normally seen singly or in pairs. Word lengthy yellowish invoice, hot-pink legs, and grey head and neck contrasting with orangey breast. Much like Grey-cowled Wooden-Rail, however barely any vary overlap, and Russet-naped has a vivid reddish-brown patch on the again of the pinnacle.
FIRST “LIFER” OBSERVATION:
Birding with: Miguel Amar Uribe from Mexico Kan Excursions and my spouse Maria
Date: 02 Dec 2021 @ Zona Arqueológica Muyil (Chunyaxché), Quintana Roo, MX
Zona Arqueológica Muyil (Chunyaxché) | MX-ROO
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Yellow Star indications the placement of my Lifer sighting
DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: Freeway 307, the primary highway from Tulum to Felipe Carrillo Puerto and ultimately to Chetumal, runs proper by means of the city of Chunyaxché and successfully separates the taller forerst habitat northwest of city from the ruins space with shorter vegetation and consists of mangrove swamps. After strolling by means of the city aspect of the world, we headed east down the aspect highway to see the lagoon. After birding the lagoon we returned by means of the mangrove swamp on an fascinating boardwalk after which explored the ruins and park space again on the entrance. This circuit netted us 4 new Lifers, #649 to #652.
Muyil Ruins Lifer # 650 – Russet-naped Wooden-Rail
We had walked down the highway from the restaurant east in the direction of the lagoon and have been particularly on the lookout for the Wooden-Rail as Miguel mentioned they have been ceaselessly seen there. We rigorously surveyed the final 100 yards unsuccessfully and seemed out over the lagoon from the pier. Whereas it was stunning, it was basically devoid of life apart from some very distant Little Blue Herons. As I used to be making an attempt to get pictures of the herons for proof of sighting, Miguel referred to as to me. A Wooden-Rail was slowly rising from the sides of the swamp. It steadily labored its method on to the highway and casually sauntered alongside ignoring us fully. It did get fairly aggitated nevertheless when one other Wooden-Rail got here out for the opposite aspect of the doorway highway.
PHOTOS TAKEN: Along with the 2 birds right here at Muyil, I additionally noticed them at Cobá, Tikal in Guatemala and at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize.
BACKGROUND ABOUT THE MUYIL ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE
Muyil (also referred to as Chunyaxché) was one of many earliest and longest inhabited historical Maya websites on the japanese coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s situated roughly 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of the coastal web site of Tulum, within the Municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto within the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The ruins of Muyil are an instance of Peten structure, like these present in southern Mayan websites with their steep walled pyramids comparable to Tikal in Guatemala. It’s located on the Sian Ka’an lagoon, a reputation that means “The place the Sky is Born”. Muyil was situated alongside a commerce route on the Caribbean as soon as accessible through a collection of canals.
Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Sequence.