Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Karen Bartelt sent another batch of bird photos from her recent trip to Cuba (see here and here for her previous photos). Her notes are indented:

Here is another selection which I’ll call “The Big Three”;  the spectacular endemics that everyone wants to see.  I threw in a fourth endemic.
Cuban trogon (Priotelus temnurus).  We saw 6-7 of these, but not always in the best light.  The second photo shows the rather unusual tail feathers.

Cuban tody (Todus multicolor).  We saw 6-7 of these, and though very small, they were good perchers and very photogenic.
Bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), Zapata peninsula.  Small, very localized populations.  These were actually in a neighborhood where the locals put out feeders.
Bees make the very common Cuban emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii) seem pretty mundane in comparison.


  1. Colleen Milloy
    Posted March 25, 2018 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted March 25, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    What beautiful birds. I never wanted to go to Cuba until now.

    • Karen Bartelt
      Posted March 25, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      Sierra Club or Whitehawk Birding (offices in Panama).

  3. Posted March 25, 2018 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Very cute little birds!

  4. Merilee
    Posted March 25, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Spectacular photos, Karen!

  5. rickflick
    Posted March 25, 2018 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I’m always pleased to see birds from Cuba and the general area. They tend to be remarkably colored and cute. I was very upset to see the recent Hurricanes crash through destroying habitats. But I’ve seen some reports saying in most areas affected the birds seem to be doing OK.

    • Karen Bartelt
      Posted March 25, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      We were told that the Cayos (Cuba’s Keys) in the north central part of the island suffered a lot of lost wildlife, including a huge flock of flamingos. We also were unable to find the Bahama mockingbird, which should have been common, and the resident black-bellied whistling ducks were gone. Luckily, there were other sites with flamingos, and we probably saw 1000 of those.

  6. Posted March 25, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Once again, beautiful birds and good pictures of ’em. Thank you.

  7. GBJames
    Posted March 25, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    They sure have some nice dinosaurs in Cuba!

  8. W.T. Effingham
    Posted March 25, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I recently saw an article about how useless regular light waves become when zooming in from the scale of a bacterium to that of a virus. Karen Bartelt (with help from some good equipment,I presume) shows how useful light can be when captured at the right moment.

  9. Posted March 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    The tobies are like little fluffballs! Very cute.

  10. Diane G.
    Posted March 27, 2018 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Very cool birds, great shots!

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