Lifer 655 – Bat Falcon – Reflections of the Pure World

Chronicles of a Birders Life Record

Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the nice fortune to photographically doc 85% of the fowl species added to my “Life Record.” This weblog sequence showcases the pictures and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and somewhat in regards to the setting and tradition of the realm. This Lifer weblog sequence begins with my first LIFER outdoors of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.

Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Submit Collection by Jim Achieve

@ Zona Arqueológica Calakmul, Campeche, MX

Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis) > Falconidae > Falconiformes

Lifer Photograph @ Zona Arqueológica Calakmul, Campeche, MX

IDENTIFICATION: Dashing small falcon of tropical lowlands and foothills. Prefers forest edge, adjoining semi-open areas with tall bushes, buildings. Discovered at a number of Maya ruins in Mexico and northern Central America, additionally regionally in cities. Appears darkish total with a contrasting white or buffy-orange throat, and in flight might be confused with White-collared Swift. With view, be aware the rusty stomach and ‘trousers.’ Hunts bats at nightfall, however primary meals is small birds caught in flight.

Birding with: My spouse Maria
Date: 04 Dec 2021 @ Chichen Itzá, Yucatan, MX
Chichén Itzá, San Felipe Nuevo MX-YUC 20.68281, -88.57207 | MX-YUC

Yellow Star indications the placement of my Lifer sighting

DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: Maybe on the high of our checklist of areas to go to was the globally well-known Archeological Zone of Chichén Itzá. So far, I had no points wherever we went so far as my single pice of pictures gear, my digicam (with a extremely huge lens). We arrived early to the doorway space and I instantly acquired excited as a result of I might see a pair of Bat Falcons sitting on the large antenna on the entrance space. HOWEVER, as I watched the photographer in line in entrance of me nearly get right into a bodily confrontation with the safety guards I noticed they weren’t going to permit me entrance with my “Skilled Gear”. So after I calmed down somewhat, I knew I wasn’t going to go away my costly gear within the automotive and I wasn’t going to overlook the most important attraction, so I rented a locker house for the day. We completely liked the ruins, however I couldn’t shake the nervousness of hoping my gear would nonetheless be there after we left. In the long run, all was effectively. Sadly, after we left the falcons have been not on the antenna. Fortuitously I did see the Bat Falcon at Calakmul in Campeche, Burgos in Quintana Roo and a couple of spots in Belize.


Park-like setting on the path from the doorway kiosk.

Chichen Itzá is a posh of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. An enormous step pyramid, often known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, dominates the traditional metropolis, which thrived from round 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at buildings just like the ball court docket, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls.


As defined above, we have been unable to {photograph} our Lifer sighting of the 2 Bat Falcons at Chichén Itzá. All photos under have been taken at completely different areas and are labeled, (Zona Arqueológica Calakmul, Campeche, MX, Burgos, Quintana Roo, Pook’s Hill, Belize).

@ Burgos, Quintana Roo, MX

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