FEATURED PHOTO

Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher - Poecilotriccus ruficeps
Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher
Poecilotriccus ruficeps melanomystax
Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, Caldas, Colombia.
One of my favorite flycatchers! These tiny and beautiful birds flit actively in and around patches of bamboo in the Andes, giving distinctive churring calls. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera and a Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II lens, handheld, on 26 March 2017.You can find previous featured photos here.

Welcome to antpitta.com. I use this site to share my photographs of wild birds. I have posted over 4000 photos of more than 3000 bird species. Most photos are from the Neotropics, though I add photos from elsewhere around the world when I get the chance. I have been continually improving my gear and skills over the years. Many of the older shots are not the best quality, but I am always striving to improve them.

Changes coming to antpitta.com! My website is now over ten years old, and it is a very primative design. I am working on moving over the species galleries to Flickr, which will take quite some time. I will still use antpitta.com as my blog, and hope to eventually remake the site to be more modern.

Use one of the links below, or scroll down a little to see my blog and a selection of some recent favorites.

Neotropical Birds - explore by family
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Other stuff from around the world - photos from areas outside of the Neotropics, including mammals and herps
See a list of recently-added photos


Latest updates and blog:

19 July: I have decided to start using Flickr for my Neotropical bird galleries. The ease of uploading and replacing photos, EXIF support, geotagging, and the customizable image descriptions that support html formatting have all convinced me. With batch upload and batch image editing, it is (relatively) easy to copy my material over. It's still going to be a lot of work. See here for an example of a converted gallery. I'll still be using antpitta.com as a gateway with a blog and index, but I am also going to start including non neotropical stuff in the blog, starting with the Cedar Waxwing below. These are just a few of several changes I have in mind to give my aging website a facelift.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing from the highest poing in West Virginia

17 July
: A couple more shots from Colombia, Colombian Chachalaca and Blue-necked Tanager. Both were visiting feeders at a private house near Jardin called Finca Bambusa. This was a great spot for bird photography and I recommend it if you are in the area.


Colombian Chachalaca - Ortalis columbiana
Colombian Chachalaca

Blue-necked Tanager - Tangara cyanicollis
Blue-necked Tanager

6 July: It's tough to photograph Andean Cock-of-the-rock at their leks since there is typically very little light when the males display. On my trip to Colombia we visited a lek that was active in the afternoon, and it was better for photography than any I've visited before. We also got close to some Yellow-eared Parrots, though the light was tough.

Andean Cock-of-the-rock - Rupicola peruvianus
A male Andean Cock-of-the-rock from a lek in Jardín, Colombia

30 June: Just one one shot in this update, the striking Red-bellied Grackle. It's endemic to the western and central ranges of the Colombian Andes, and has always been one of my favorite birds of the region.

Red-bellied Grackle - Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster
Red-bellied Grackle

26 June: The Rio Blanco reserve in Colombia is the best place in the world to photograph Chestnut-crowned Antpitta. They have become almost tame around one of the worm feeders there. I've added a new gallery just for that species.

Chestnut-crowned Antpitta - Grallaria ruficapilla
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta

17 June
: I just changed the featured photo to Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher, which we photographed at Rio Blanco in Colombia while waiting (in vain) for a Bicolored Antpitta to come in.
15 June: Today's update is again mostly about hummingbirds. Buffy Helmetcrest is a nice one to be hummer number 200 for the site - we got quite close to one but foggy conditions made getting a decent background impossible. I really like one the shots of Rainbow-bearded Thornbill too. Others today were Tourmaline Sunangel, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Viridian Metaltail, Mountain Velvetbreast, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Paramo Tapaculo, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Gray-browed Brush-Finch, Pale-naped Brush-Finch, and Black-capped Tyrannulet.

Buffy Helmetcrest - Oxypogon stubelii
Buffy Helmetcrest, a Colombian endemic

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill - Chalcostigma herrani
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill

7 June: More from Colombia... Black-thighed Puffleg is a new hummer species for the site - the male is the only puffleg with  black leg puffs. I also finally got a shot of Shining Sunbeam that shows well the part of the bird that actually shines. I think that gives me 199 hummingbird species photographed... what will 200 be?

Black-thighed Puffleg - Eriocnemis derbyi
Black-thighed Puffleg (male).

Shining Sunbeam - Aglaeactis cupripennis
Shining Sunbeam

4 June
: I just got back from a short trip to Colombia with my colleague Pablo Cervantes Daza, mainly to check out some sites that we want to include in future photo tours. I finally got to visit Rio Blanco, which is famous for its antpittas. It's always fun to add a new antpitta to antpitta.com, and this time it is Brown-banded Antpitta. It's not the prettiest member of the family, but any antpitta is neat to me. Sadly we didn't get any shots of Bicolored (heard only), which is usually a regular visitor to the feeders at Rio Blanco, but it recently had stopped coming. The guide there, Carlos Mario, thought that it was predated by a Tayra Eira barbara, a huge weasel. As tame as some antpittas can become at feeders, they are still wild animals and subject to the perils of their natural habitat. With this new addition, I now have photos of 30 out of 53 antpittas, based on Clements/Cornell taxonomy. The number of species is certainly going to increase with future revisions. This is the first of a number of new photos I'll be adding in the near future.


Brown-banded Antpitta - Grallaria milleri
Brown-banded Antpitta, a Colombian endemic coming to a worm feeder at Rio Blanco.

23 May: I'm mostly finished adding new stuff from Mexico - Rose-bellied Bunting was the headline photo for while, and others today include Flammulated Flycatcher, Russet-crowned Motmot, Hooded Yellowthroat, Hutton's Vireo, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Ocellated Quail, Plain-capped Starthroat, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-headed Tanager, and  White-fronted Parrot.

Flammulated Flycatcher - Deltarhynchus flammulatus
Flammulated Flycatcher is endemic to Mexico and the only member of the genus Deltarhynchus.

Russet-crowned Motmot - Momotus mexicanus
A pair of Russet-crowned Motmots in dry forest of southern Mexico

21 May: Broad-billed Hummingbirds from southern Mexico are sometimes consdidered a distinct species ("Turquoise-crowned" or "Doubleday's" Hummingbird) due to their glittering blue crown and bluer underparts. I got a decent shot of a male in Mexico. Also, after another of failed attempts, I finally managed a photo of Blue-and-white Mockingbird, which is usually very shy and retiring. Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow is also a nice-looking Mexican endemic. Others new for today are Colima Pygmy-Owl, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Blue-capped Hummingbird, Brown Booby, Yellow-eyed Junco, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, and Greater Pewee.

Broad-billed Hummingbird - Cynanthus latirostris
The distinctive doubledayi subspecies of Broad-billed Hummingbird

Blue-and-white Mockingbird - Melanotis hypoleucus
Blue-and-white Mockingbird

Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow - Peucaea sumichrasti
Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow, also sometimes called Sumichrast's Sparrow

17 May
: I'm making good progress on adding photos from my Mexico trip in March and April. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls were surprisingly common in a few areas we visited, and I got a nice shot of a singing bird near Tuxtepec. Orange-breasted Bunting is one of my all-time favorite Mexican species and I had to add another shot of it. I also finally got a decent one of White-eared Hummingbird - it's one of the most common species in the highlands, but the lack of feeders in Mexico makes it tough to pin down for a photo. Other new additions today are
American Robin, Red Warbler, Inca Dove, Rufous-naped (Sclater's) Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, "Brown-throated" House Wren, Pileated Flycatcher, Yelow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, and White-bellied Emerald.

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl - Glaucidium brasilianum
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Orange-breasted Bunting - Passerina leclancherii
Orange-breasted Bunting

White-eared Hummingbird - Hylocharis leucotis
White-eared Hummingbird

13 May: 3000! I've been busy on going through my photos from Thailand earlier this year,  adding the best of them to an external Flickr gallery. That surpasses the 3000 species mark for antpitta.com, counting photos on the site and linked to on the external galleries.

3 May
: A few new shots from Mexico: Collared Towhee, Gray Silky-flycatcher, and Long-tailed Wood-Partridge.

Collared Towhee - Pipilo ocai
Collared Towhee from the mountains north of Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Gray Silky-flycatcher - Ptiliogonys cinereus
Gray Silky-flycatchers are common in the mountains of much of Mexico

Long-tailed Wood-Partridge - Dendrortyx macroura
A rather soggy Long-tailed Wood-Partridge during a rainy morning in southern Mexico

30 April
: Mexico has some great jays as well, but they are usually very tough to photograph. I encountered an exceptional number of Dwarf Jays in the mountains north of Oaxaca City during my trip, and with patience and persistence finally managed to get a decent shot.  I also added a shot of
Gray-barred Wren as well as a few other things.

Dwarf Jay - Cyanolyca nanus
Dwarf Jay from the mountains of southern Mexico

21 April
: With 32 species, Mexico is more to a tremendous variety of wrens (only Colombia has more).  I photographed some of them on my recent trip, and today I'm uploading decent shots of Rock WrenGray-breasted Wood-Wren, and Boucard's Wren. I shot two quite different-looking Rock Wrens in Oaxaca, which makes me think that two different subspecies occur there, contrary to published ranges. I've also added two new species of sparrow to the site, Lark Sparrow, which winters as far south as Oaxaca, and Bridled Sparrow, a really pretty Mexican endemic.

Rock Wren - Salpinctes obsoletus
Rock Wrens inhabit several archaeological sites near the city of Oaxaca in Mexico

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren - Henicorhina leucophrys
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren from Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Boucard's Wren - Campylorhynchus jocosus
Boucard's Wren from Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Lark Sparrow - Chondestes grammacus
Lark Sparrows winter as far south as southern Oaxaca in Mexico

Bridled Sparrow - Peucaea mystacalis
Bridled Sparrow, endemic to arid areas of south-central Mexico

17 April: TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY!  Hard to believe, but antpitta.com went online ten years ago in 2007. The first ever "featured photo" was a Rufous-crowned Tody-Tyrant from Ecuador, a digiscoped shot (back then pretty much all my shots were digiscoped). Today I am starting to add some shots from my five week stint in Mexico. Nava's Wren is the new headline photo, though my favorite bird from the whole trip was the Unspotted Saw-whet Owl shown below. We got super close to this bird on the first tour, but it was calling from deep inside the foliage and remained unseen (thanks to Alberto Martínez for taking us to the site). It really wasn't on the original plan for the second tour, but we had done so well with our other targets that we decided to go for it. It required a 3:30am start from Tuxtla Guttiérez but it was totally worth it! We were lucky to get it when we did, since bad weather (high winds, fog, light rain) settled in immediately after we saw the bird, and stayed for the rest of the day. We felt quite lucky.

Unspotted Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius ridgwayi
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl from southern Mexico

9 March: A short trip to Northern Colombia got me a few decent shots, including a lucky photo of a Black-backed Antshrike. I've added a few more below, all of them improvements on images I had gotten on previous trips: Golden-winged Sparrow, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, and Green-rumped Parrotlet. I leave in a couple of days for a very long trip to Mexico. The last time I went to Mexico I had only just gotten a decent DSLR - this time around I have much better gear, so hope to get some better material. 

Strong-billed Woodcreeper - Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
A very approachable Strong-billed Woodcreeper from El Dorado Lodge in Northern Colombia

Golden-winged Sparrow - Arremon schlegeli
Golden-winged Sparrow scavenging some seeds beneath a feeder in Minca, Colombia

Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus fuscater
This Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush was near the woodcreeper - both were feeding on recently-hatched insects that were in and near the trail

Green-rumped Parrotlet - Forpus passerinus
A tiny Green-rumped Parrotlet hanging in a fruiting tree near the Caribbean coast in Northwest Colombia

9 February: I've finally been able to do a reasonably big update, adding a bunch of species from my Ecuador trip late last year, and changing the "featured" photo to a Helmeted Woodpecker from a Southeast Brazil trip in October. For a first time in a while, I've been able to add another antpitta species (29 now) to antpitta.com, a Plain-backed Antpitta from eastern Ecuador. It's not the prettiest antpitta out there, but still neat (as are all antpittas!). I highlighted a few other shots below: Masked Mountain-Tanager, Black-winged Saltator, and Dusky Piha. Some other bew shots are Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Uniform Treehunter, Lita Woodpecker (crappy shot but documents a nest), Lawrence's Thrush, and Yellow-browed Sparrow. I've also added two external galleries on Flickr, one for a trip to Yellowstone in October and another for Myanmar in January. Tomorrow I head off for a short tour to Colombia.

Plain-backed Antpitta - Grallaria haplonota
A Plain-backed Antpitta at a worm feeder at WildSumaco Lodge in Ecuador

Masked Mountain-Tanager - Buthraupis wetmorei
A Masked Mountain-Tanager at the edge of the páramo at 3700 m (12,100 ft) near Papallacta in Ecuador

Black-winged Saltator - Saltator atripennis
Black-winged Saltator coming to a banana feeder in Northwest Ecuador

Dusky Piha - Lipaugus fuscocinereus
We were lucky to get eye level shots of a Dusky Piha along the Guacamayos Ridge Trail in Ecuador

31 December
: I have been neglecting antpitta.com lately, unfortunately, due in part to a busy schedule that has taken me to Brazil and Ecuador over the last several months, among other places. Later today I leave for another trip to Southeast Asia, so I wanted to find time for one last update for 2016. I just changed the "featured photo" to Rufous-crowned Antpitta, which has become a lot more approachable at Mashpi Shungo since my first visit. I've also picked a few of my favorite shots from the Brazil and Ecuador trips to upload: White-eared Puffbird, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, and Green (Inca) Jay. Happy New Year everyone!

White-eared Puffbird - Nystalus chacuru
White-eared Puffbird waiting to take food to an active nest

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow - Pyroderus scutatus
Female Red-ruffed Fruitcrow at Intervales State Park in Brazil

Dark-backed Wood-Quail - Odontophorus melanonotus
Dark-backed Wood-Quail at Angel Paz's refuge in Ecuador

Green Jay - Cyanocorax yncas
Green (Inca) Jay at eating insects near a light at San Isidro in Ecuador
 
1 September: I have reorganized the antbird galleries and improved a lot of the photos, making them brighter and sharper. I also added a few additional shots of certain species, such as Chestnut-backed Antbird and Ocellated Antbird. Antbirds are often photographed in extreme low light conditions, and it is tricky to process them to make them look bright and natural, but not too noisy. One of these days I may make a blog about how I do this. For example, the Chestnut-backed Antbird was shot at an extreme ISO (12800) yet still came out quite nice. The Ocellated Antbird was shot at 6400 ISO.

Chestnut-backed Antbird - Poliocrania exsul
Chestnut-backed Antbird - now a new monotypic genus: Poliocrania

Ocellated Antbird - Phaenostictus mcleannani
An Ocellated Antbird attending an antswarm in Panama

19 August
: I've been improving some of the Neotropical galleries, such as woodpeckers and parrots, by reprocessing old photos and even uploading some new ones, like this Magellanic Woodpecker. I've also added various non-neotropical photos to my Flickr account.

Magellanic Woodpecker - Campephilus magellanicus
A Magellanic Woodpecker feeds recently fledged young in Tierra del Fuego.

1 August
: While guiding my last tour I visited a lodge in Southeast Brazil called Itororó Lodge. It's near Nova Friburgo in the state of Rio. It's not really a "new" lodge, but the owners partnered with with Andy Foster, who formerly operated Serra dos Tucanos Lodge, and he's helped turn in it into a very nice birding and bird photography lodge. The feeders are absolutely superb with the likes of Magpie Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager,
Golden-chevroned Tanager, and Maroon-bellied Parakeet regularly coming in - all these photos are from their feeders.

Magpie Tanager - Cissopis leverianus
Magpie Tanager

Brassy-breasted Tanager - Tangara desmaresti
Brassy-breasted Tanager

Golden-chevroned Tanager - Thraupis ornata
Golden-chevroned Tanager

Maroon-bellied Parakeet - Pyrrhura frontalis
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
 
 26 July: Here's a Planalto Slaty-Antshrike from one of my recent Brazil tours. It has a large range stretching from northeastern to south-central Brazil.

Planalto Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus pelzelni
Planalto Slaty-Antshrike

Birds of Western Ecuador23 June: Birds of Western Ecuador has been released! I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It's been a long road, and I'd like to thank everyone who helped make it a reality. If you contributed photos and are still awaiting payment and/or complimentary copies, please send me an email and I will pass it on to them.

The book is widely available from most online retailers including Amazon, Buteo Books, NHBS, Andrew Isles, etc. I hope for it to be available within Ecuador at some point, but that may take some time.

I'm leaving today for a couple of Brazil tours, so hopefully will have some new shots to share when I return in a few weeks.










Older posts

Recently added photos:

19 July: Cedar Waxwing from the USA.
17 July: Colombian Chachalaca from Colombia.
17 July: Blue-necked Tanager from Colombia.
6 July: Andean Cock-of-the-rock from Colombia.
6 July: Yellow-eared Parrot from Colombia.
30 June: Red-bellied Grackle from Colombia.
26 June: Chestnut-crowned Antpitta from Colombia.
17 June: Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher from Colombia.

15 June: Buffy Helmetcrest from Colombia.
15 June: Rainbow-bearded Thornbill from Colombia.
15 June: Tourmaline Sunangel from Colombia.
15 June: Sword-billed Hummingbird from Colombia.
15 June: Viridian Metaltail from Colombia.
15 June: Mountain Velvetbreast from Colombia.
15 June: Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager from Colombia.
15 June: Paramo Tapaculo from Colombia.
15 June: Plumbeous Sierra-Finch from Colombia.
15 June: Gray-browed Brush-Finch from Colombia.
15 June: Pale-naped Brush-Finch from Colombia.
15 June: Black-capped Tyrannulet from Colombia.
7 June: Black-thighed Puffleg from Colombia.
7 June: Shining Sunbeam from Colombia.
4 June: Brown-banded Antpitta from Colombia.
23 May: Rose-bellied Bunting from Mexico.
23 May: Flammulated Flycatcher from Mexico.
23 May: Russet-crowned Motmot from Mexico.
23 May: Hooded Yellowthroat from Mexico.
23 May: Hutton's Vireo from Mexico.
23 May: Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet from Mexico.
23 May: Ocellated Quail from Mexico.
23 May: Plain-capped Starthroat from Mexico.
23 May: Pomarine Jaeger from Mexico.
23 May: Red-headed Tanager from Mexico.
23 May: White-fronted Parrot from Mexico.
21 May: Broad-billed Hummingbird from Mexico
21 May: Blue-and-white Mockingbird from Mexico
21 May: Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow from Mexico
21 May: Amrthyst-throated Hummingbird from Mexico
21 May: Blue-capped Hummingbird from Mexico
21 May: Brown Booby from Mexico
21 May: Yellow-eyed Junco from Mexico
21 May: Buff-breasted Flycatcher from Mexico
21 May: Greater Pewee from Mexico
21 May: Colima Pygmy-Owl from Mexico
17 May: Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl from Mexico
17 May: Orange-breasted Bunting from Mexico
17 May: White-eared Hummingbird from Mexico
17 May: American Robin from Mexico
17 May: Brown-backed Solitaire from Mexico
17 May: Red Warbler from Mexico
17 May: Inca Dove from Mexico
17 May: Rufous-naped (Sclater's) Wren from Mexico
17 May: Rufous-crowned Sparrow from Mexico
17 May: Ash-throated Flycatcher from Mexico
17 May: Gray-collared Becard from Mexico
17 May: House Wren (Brown-throated) from Mexico
17 May: Pileated Flycatcher from Mexico
17 May: Yelow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler from Mexico
17 May: White-bellied Emerald from Mexico

13 May: 69 photos from Thailand (external gallery)
4 May: Collared Towhee from Mexico
4 May: Gray Silky-flycatcher from Mexico
4 May: Long-tailed Wood-Partridge from Mexico
30 April: Dwarf Jay from Mexico
30 April: Gray-barred Wren from Mexico
30 April: Hairy Woodpecker from Mexico
30 April: Brown Creeper from Mexico
30 April: Golden-browed Warbler from Mexico
21 April: Rock Wren from Mexico
21 April: Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  from Mexico
21 April: Boucard's Wren from Mexico
21 April: Lark Sparrow from Mexico
21 April: Bridled Sparrow from Mexico
21 April: Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay from Mexico
17 April: Nava's Wren from Mexico
17 April: Unspotted Saw-whet Owl from Mexico
9 March: Black-backed Antshrike from Colombia
9 March: Golden-winged Sparrow from Colombia
9 March: Strong-billed Woodcreeper from Colombia
9 March: Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush from Colombia
9 March: Green-rumped Parrotlet from Colombia
9 February: Helmeted Woodpecker from Brazil
9 February: Plain-backed Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Ochre-breasted Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Masked Mountain-Tanager from Ecuador
9 February: Black-winged Saltator from Ecuador
9 February: Dusky Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Gray-tailed Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Dark-breasted Spinetail from Ecuador
9 February: Uniform Treehunter from Ecuador
9 February: Lita Woodpecker from Ecuador
9 February: Lawrence's Thrush from Ecuador
9 February: Citron-bellied Attila from Ecuador
9 February: Yellow-browed Sparrow from Ecuador
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Yellowstone National Park
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Myanmar (Burma)

2016:
31 December
: Rufous-crowned Antpitta from Ecuador.

31 December: Dark-backed Wood-Quail from Ecuador.
31 December: Green (Inca) Jay from Ecuador.
31 December: White-eared Puffbird from Brazil.
31 December: Red-ruffed Fruitcrow from Brazil.
1 September: Chestnut-backed Antbird from Ecuador.
1 September: Ocellated Antbird from Panama.
19 August: Magellanic Woodpecker from Argentina.
1 August: Magpie Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Brassy-breasted Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Golden-chevroned Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Maroon-bellied Parakeet from Brazil.
26 July: Planalto Slaty-Antshrike
from Brazil.















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