In February I went to Georgetown, Grand Cayman, to teach a week-long course at St. Matthews University. Every night we ate dinner at a different restaurant on the water watching the sunset over the ocean.
Here are some of the birds we saw. Look for my EOY post in the main forum for my photos of the herps of the Caymans, including Blue Iguanas.
We flew to Cayman Brac for one night.
On The Brac there are limestone bluffs that contain shallow caves.
Native Barn Owls live in some of the caves but they are very shy and difficult to approach.
In September I visited the Pantanal of Brazil. Look for my EOY post in the main forum for the herps (frogs, red-footed tortoise, a few snakes), and in the mammals forum for the mammals we saw (jaguars, giant river otters, giant anteaters, tapirs, capybaras, howler monkeys).
We saw far more birds in Brazil than herps or mammals, over 150 species without trying very hard.
Most magnificent were the Hyacinth Macaws.
Red and Green Macaws, rarely seen.
Yellow collared Macaws
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Jabiru Stork nest with Monk Parakeet colony in the basement
Chicken-sized Chaco Chachalaca, with cleavage.
A Collared Forest Falcon nailed a Chaco Chachalaca in midair right next to our truck.
Great Potoo, a nightjar camouflaged to look like a tree branch during the day.
Southern Lapwing. Note the carpal spurs, used in combat and defense.
Neotropic Cormorant and armored catfish
Wild Muscovy Duck
Red-legged Seriema, convergent evolution with Africa’s Secretary Bird.
White-faced Whistling Ducks
We also visited Iguazu Falls.
Thanks for looking.