14 October 2009

Bird Identified

Birders! The masked red bird mentioned at the end of Cobblestone & Birds is now identified. When I have questions like this henceforth, I will simply walk next door and ask Joachim and Bärbel. They are far ahead of me on many things, I have learned.

They first encountered this species in Guadalajara and photographed it there. It is a siskin flycatcher, more often referred to as a vermilion flycatcher, species pyrocephalus rubinus. In Spanish, mosquero cardenalito. Now I know its German name, too. Rubintyrann. All I had to do was encounter Joachim this morning while I was trying to photograph mine again.

As I mentioned before, all of Joachim and Bärbel's photographs are of a professional quality. For birders to see their photographs of this bird and others, go to this one of Joachim and Bärbel's many galleries. Click on the next to the last thumbnail at the bottom.

Come to think of it though, I will bet that for birders, this bird is old hat.


Anonymous said...

I live near a big park on Lake Ontario. This particular park get a lot of migratory birds (and so does my backyard for that matter), and so it attacts huge numbers of birders. One day I was out walking with Memphis and I counted 16 birders photographing some purple martins. Then I had a delightful idea. Why not photograph birders. Go out with a tripod. Rent one of those two-foot long lenses for the close ups. I imagined trying to identify the various varieties of birders. I thought about making a coffee table book of pictures of people taking pictures of birds, complete with pithy commentary. It was, though, one of those ideas that dances for you when you first come up with it, but becomes less and less interesting the more you consider actually carrying it off.

Señor Steve said...

I saw your comment some time ago, mr. anchovy, and I have been thinking about it off and on ever since. This is one of those ideas that upon first blush seems so brilliantly fun. That was my initial reaction, too. However, it sours upon contemplation for me, also. So I was pondering why that is so.

Birders are such gentle, soulful creatures almost across the board in my experience. Some may move to a little different rhythm of life than members of the general population, but you and I love that, too. Therefore, we cannot bring ourselves to do something like this, that is, undertake an activity that might make it appear as if we are having fun at their expense.

Setting aside their expense for a moment, though, it would be hilariously fun, wouldn't it?

Sheila said...

Birders? Now that's a new one on me. Twitchers I think is what we'd call them here.