Dedication


Birding has been my passion for more years than I care to admit. Birdwatching has led me into bird photography. Now when I 'hunt' birds, I get to 'shot' them and they fly away unscathed. The camera now has an image to share with others. Both the bird and I win. Life can't get better than this.

When I stop and remember the journey that brought me here, all those many friends that encouraged and guided me, I am humbled. Were it not for their teaching me the skills of birding, my life would be less full and happy. To so many, to all of you ... I owe so much.

Choosing a few people to acknowledge is grossly unfair. So many have helped me over the years that whom so ever I chose, there shall be so many more that I could also include. With that disclaimer ...

Ruth Spencer - my first birding teacher and companion for 21 years

Pete Hilton - 20 years of sharing birding experiences in the Sierra, Tonga and Fiji

Susi Stroud - for many years of birding Alabama, Baja, Costa Rica and Belize

Nancy Crenshaw - for sharing birding in eastern Oregon and Tanzania, Africa

Saroj and Ron Mankau - for senting me scrambling in Copper Canyon after the (extinct?) Imperial Woodpecker in the dead of winter. And for twenty years birding together.

Annette Leeland - for sharing her cabin with 'uncle John' so that I could bird Montana.



AND TO ALL THE FRIENDS THAT I MISSED - THANKS AGAIN

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Introduction


This eBook is a re-issue of an 8X10 photo book that I wrote several years ago. The 'hard copy' is still available for purchase HERE. In both this, and the hard copy, there are over 120 photographs of 101 birds of the southern section of the Baja peninsula of Mexico. The range covered is from Magdelina Bay south to the tip or from about Latitude 22N to 25N.



No attempt has been made to include all of the birds in this range. Only a hundred birds are pictured here, which represents about 1/3 of the three hundred species recorded. In is not intended that this be a field guide in the formal sense for the birds of Baja. There are many good, well illustrated, formal guides available for that purpose.



This eBook was written with the hope of:


(1) Providing a quick photo guide to the common birds of Baja

(2) Helping the beginning birder by grouping birds as to size and type

(3) To encourage and inspire all birders with the beauty and grace of our birds

I hope that I have accomplished these goals.



The experienced birder will find that the "Common Name Index" will lead him to a photograph and some notes. For the less experienced birder there is another index to use. This index arranges the birds by size and type. Clicking on the Size and Type Index leads you to the first page of that group of birds. You can now flip pages to find the unknown bird in that group.

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Author's Notes


Lots of birders maintain lots of lists ... life lists ... yearly lists ... daily lists ... by country ... by state ... these lists go on and on ... and on. At one time I was such a list keeper, and I had them all. I spent all my birding time checking ID's, making notes, marking checklists, looking in the guide ... in short I spent too much time doing 'things' instead of LOOKING at the bird. Isn't that really what our pastime is about? Looking at birds and not books and lists. Over the last ten years or so I've given up on 'birdwatching'. Instead I 'watch' birds through a camera lens instead of binoculars. I get to 'carry' these birds home with me, wrapped in a couple of megabits, often with motion and sound, photographed at speeds my eye can't follow, in details that never be seen throught a pair or 8X42's. In fact my camera lens beats the best spotting scope around. Often I use telephoto lenses that provide 500X magnification. A bird that I barely see with my binoculars is brought up close. So now, instead of a pen and paper list, I have a full color, detailed photo. A photo to share with friends, or with someone like you.

OK, I'm not a 'birder' in the pure sense ... I'm a bird photographer. When I get home I can scan the 15 photos that I took during the 10 seconds that the bird was in sight and after studying the photos can decide: that he really was a California Gnatcatcher, instead of the Black-headed Gnatcatcher. And out of those 15 photos there are probably 2 or 3 worth saving to share with friend and fellow birders.

I live in southern Baja, Mexico in a small village that still has dirt streets, about a mile from beach. It has been my habit to bird almost every morning for about 2 or 3 hours. I share my photos with an email list of about 70 friends. I'm now 81 years young (2012) and have just developed a mobility problem so getting out in the field each morning is getting harder and harder. In addition to birding near my home each year I plan a two or three week birding trip to another country. Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Guatamala and Africa are some of the countries I've visited in the last ten years. My hope is that I can continue birding/photographing until I die.


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Index

COVER - Great Blue Heron

TITLE PAGE - Male Xantus Humingbird

DEDICATION

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR'S NOTES

BIRD INDEX BY SIZE AND TYPE

BIRD INDEX BY COMMON NAME


Size and Type Index

Hummingbirds

Small land birds

Medium land birds

Large land birds

Raptors

Shorebirds

Waterbirds

Herons and Egrets


Common Name Index

American Avocet

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel - male

American Kestrel - female

American Widgeon

Anna's Hummingbird

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Audubon Warbler

Belding's Yellowthroat

Belted Kingfisher - male

Black-headed Grosbeak - female

Black-necked Stilt

Black-crowned Night Heron - Adult

Black-crowned Night Heron - Juv.

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black Pheobe

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Grosbeak

Brewer's Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown Pelican

Cactus Wren

California Gnatcatcher

California Quail

Cassin's Kingbird

Cedar Waxwing

Cinnamon Teal

Clay-colored Sparrow

Common Ground-dove

Common Moorhen

Common Snipe

Common Raven

Cooper's Hawk

Costa's Hummingbird - male

Costa's Hummingbird -female

Crested Caracara - fully body

Crested Caracara - head close-up

Double-crested Cormorant

Eared Grebe

European Starling

Evening Grosbeak

Gila Woodpecker

Gilded Flicker

Gold-fronted Woodpecker

Gray Flycatcher

Gray Thrasher

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Great Horned Owl

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Yellowlegs

Green Heron

Green-tailed Towhee

Hairy Woodpecker

Harris's Hawk

Hooded Oriole - male

Hooded Oriole - female

House Finch

House Sparrow

House Wren

Killdeer

Ibis

Ladderback Woodpecker

Lark Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Least Grebe

Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Nighthawk

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lincoln's Sparrow

Little Blue Heron

Loggerhead Shrike

Merlin

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal - male

Northern Cardinal - female

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Orange-crowned Wabler

Osprey

Phainopepla - male

Pied-billed Grebe

Pyrrhuloxia - male

Pyrrhuloxia - female

Raven. Common

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-tail Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Redhead

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-neck Duck

Roadrunner, Greater

Ruddy Duck

San Lucas Robin

Say's Pheobe

Scott's Oriole

Scrub-Jay, Western

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Snowy Egret

Spotted Towhee

Thick-billed Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Turkey Vulture - flying

Turkey Vulture - head close-up

Varied Bunting

Verdin

Vermillion Flycatcher - male

Vermillion Flycatcher - female

Western Gull

Western Meadow Lark

Western Tanager

Western Scrub-Jay

Whimbrel

White-crowned Sparrow

White-faced Ibis

White-wing Dove

Willow Flycatcher

Wilson's Snipe

Xantus' Hummingbird - male

Xantus' Hummingbird - female

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-rumped Wabler

Yellow Warbler

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HUMMINGBIRD PAGES



There are six pages of photos in this section starting on the next page

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SMALL BIRD PAGES



There are 20 pages of photos in this section the birds are about 4 inches (verdin size) to about 6 inches (Sparrow sized)

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MEDIUM BIRD PAGES



By far the largest group of birds There are 38 pages of photos in this section the birds are about 6 inches to about 8 inches

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LARGE LAND BIRD PAGES



There are 10 pages of photos in this section the birds are about 9 Inches and larger
Note: the large raptors are in a different section

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RAPTOR PAGES



There are 12 pages of photos in this section these are the hawk-like birds

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SHORE BIRD PAGES



There are only 7 pages of photos in this section these birds are found near the freshwater and saltwater lagoons

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WATER BIRD PAGES



There are 13 pages of photos in this section the birds are found in and around water

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HERON-LIKE BIRD PAGES



There are 8 pages of photos in this section the large birds are found in and around water

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