Thursday, September 19, 2013

Canadian Birds in Brazil

Semipalmated Plover
I have been vacationing with my wife in her country (Brasil|) for the last almost 2 weeks.  We spent a few days in Bahia State in the northeast of this great country, including a few days in Salvador, the oldest colonial city in Brasil, and on nearby island Morro de Sao Paulo.  While on the island, I managed to slip in a few hours of birding, and was very happy to find some "familiar friends" from "my" country Canada.   First were a couple of Semipalmated Plovers on the beach almost in front of our hotel, then later on the exposed mud flats along the mangroves, I spotted a Black-bellied Plover and a few Whimbrels.  More Whimbrels were perched with Common and Sandwich Terns on markers for fishing traps, an odd site indeed.   Here a few pictures of these birds with a special one from Brasil thrown in.

Whimbrel and Little Blue Heron

Black-bellied Plover and Snowy Egrets

Scarlet Ibis arrives!