Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Puffbird with Prey

Here's another engaging photo from Alan Dahl: a White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis) with prey. This appears to be a female with her more subdued buffy coloring. Not sure exactly what that tasty morsel is but looks like it'll make a good meal.

White-whiskered Puffbirds are quite easy to see around Chan Chich Lodge. I've posted about them before and how their numbers seem to have increased since last October's Hurricane Richard. Or maybe in the modified forest, they are simply more conspicuous.

1 comment:

  1. We love these little birds and saw quite a few during this trip. This particular shot was taken off Sylvestor Rd right before the River Trail intersection. But, this photo shoot was cut short because my wife grabbed me and pointed up the road. I turned in time to see the back end of some mammal move into the jungle. It was brownish. She didn't get a look at more than the back end either. While I minds hoped it might have been a jaguar I think we have decided it was a red brocket deer since neither one of us saw a tail or spots in our brief glimpse.

    You always need to be looking around in the jungle because you never know what might be lurking outside your peripheral vision.