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The Hummingbirds Are Coming

Hummingbird Migration Content for this article is courtesy of HummingbirdCentral.com Many hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America or Mexico, and migrate north to their breeding grounds in the southern U.S. and western states as early as February, and to areas further north later in the spring. The first arrivals in spring are…
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Monarch Butterflies In Mexico

Monarch Butterflies in Mexico Every autumn, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena can be observed in the forested mountains west of Mexico City: wintering Monarch Butterflies. Learn about these marvelous insects, their 3,000 mile journey from the U.S. and Canada, and how you can experience and be witness to the presence…
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Watch and Download Full Movie Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) HDDirector:Elizabeth Banks.Writer:Kay Cannon.Producer:Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Paul Brooks.Release:May 7, 2015Country:United States of America.Production Company:Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films, Brownstone Productions.Language:English.Runtime:115 minGenre:Comedy, Music.Movie 'Pitch Perfect 2' was released…
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Blue-Footed Booby in La Peñita

I came across this little guy on the beach in La Peñita. I was on the beach just north of the malecón, but not quite to the estuary. It was about 10am on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. He was standing there all by himself. by Kiva Aditi (Tucson, Arizona?) Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now…
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Hungry Pelicans

This photo was taken early one morning on the Los Ayala beach, after the fishermen came in with their loaded boats. by Robert Koch (Seattle, Washington) Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it's your turn! Submit your photos along with a photo title, the photographer’s name, a detailed description…
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Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

So far removed from what we call “home” during the winter months, we often wonder what natural wonders you folks that live there in Mexico year round have the good fortune to enjoy during the rainy season. Surely someone must have some photographs to share! This week here in Cobourg, Ontario, we photographed the Ebony Jewelwing.…
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Hummingbirds in My El Tonino Garden

One of the great enjoyments of my winters in the Jaltemba Bay area are the many species of hummingbirds that come to the feeders hanging in our yard in El Tonino. This little male Calliope Hummingbird (above) is just one of them. At only 3¼-inch long, it definitely falls into the "little" category! The Ruby-throated and Cinnamon…
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Black Vulture

While Black Vultures are not the most attractive birds in the Jaltemba Bay area, they do serve a necessary function - that of disposing of dead and rotting flesh (yuck!) and are basically the garbage guts of the earth. Appropriately, I took this photo at the landfill in Rincón de Guayabitos. The landfill and surrounding area is a…

Quirks of Nature

In addition to photographing birds, this year we became intrigued with the large numbers of butterflies and to date have photographed and identified more than fifty species. Their colours and flight patterns are mesmerizing. Some of these small delicate butterflies are merely two inches long and their erratic flight presents a huge challenge…
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10th International Migratory Bird Festival in San Blas

The 10th Annual International Migratory Bird Festival will take place from January 26 through February 2 in San Blas. The Riviera Nayarit is at the top of the list for birdwatchers around the world. According to the Board of the International Migratory Bird Festival of Nayarit (Pafiam), the region is home to 546 species of birds, 428…

Discovery Channel Promotes Birding Adventures in Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit is kicking off the New Year with a world-class promotion. On January 1st and 8th, the very international Discovery Channel will air two programs on birdwatching filmed on Isabel Island, declared a Mexican National Park in 1980. At precisely 7am on New Year’s Day, the second episode of Destination America consisting…

San Blas is Latin America’s Birdwatching Paradise

The port of San Blas was founded in the year 1768 by decree of King Charles III, crowned head of Spain. This year, this small town located just 2 hours and a half from Nuevo Vallarta (and just 90 minutes from Rincón de Guayabitos), will celebrate its 245th year. San Blas and its environs are well known for the amazing concentration…
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Profile of a White Egret

This White Egret was photographed on Playa Los Ayala on a perfectly sunny day, with beautiful front lighting. I followed this egret along the beach and hung around for about an hour until it was comfortable with me and my camera in close proximity. by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted…

La Peñita Egret Rookery in Mating Season

In early spring, we look forward to being entertained by the Great Egret during mating season. No need to reserve tickets - we just show up and wait. The rookery is located at the edge of the mangrove swamp beyond the La Peñita RV Park. At sunrise, we walked to the egret colony, about a two-kilometer hike, and staked out the area…

Oh to be in Jaltemba Bay... now that spring is here!

With the arrival of spring, nature is coming to life. Birds are starting to mate, and we have noted changes in the usual song patterns of some species. They are also vying for “squatters’ rights,” and we are hearing some pretty lively “discussions.” We see rivals laying claim to their territory - but not without a fight. There…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 2)

I soon learn that this bird watching adventure includes climbing over, or through several barbed wire fences. Rather, Bea has perfected the art of rolling under barbed wire fences, with grace. Ken gets through any way possible, and I try vainly to follow Bea’s lead. Soon we spot several Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and indeed these…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 1)

The other day, I had a really interesting experience, and met two extremely interesting and kind souls... Resulting in this story and a suggestion for a day trip from Los Ayala to... The Gravel Pit in La Peñita - Why? - For Bird-Watching of Course! Ken and Bea Rauch, Jaltemba Bay’s renowned bird photographers invited me to accompany…
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Lunch

The photo of the Great Blue Heron having his "lunch" was taken on the estuary just below our casita rooftop. About the Authors and Photographers: Retirees Ken and Bea Rauch live in Cobourg, Ontario, and spend several months a year in the Fall and again in the Spring in La Peñita. They have been visiting the Jaltemba Bay area since 2004,…
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Butterfly in Our Garden

I love to sit on our patio and enjoy my morning coffee as the sun peeks over the jungle-covered hills behind our home in Los Ayala. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds and butterflies flitting around our garden, alighting on the flowers and then zooming away. This beautiful orange butterfly lingered in our garden the other day, giving me…
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Hummingbirds Take Final Sips as Sun Sets into Jaltemba Bay

Combining my favourite view of Jaltemba Bay (which happens to be from my front deck in El Tonino) with photographing my favourite bird, has given me this unexpected though welcome photograph, taken on November 28, 2012. Lately, the days have been fairly hazy, which has resulted in sunsets that just fade away without much colour to them,…

Jaltemba Bay Hummingbirds - My Photo Journal

I always look forward to seeing which of the numerous species of hummingbirds I will spot first once we return to Jaltemba Bay each fall. When we arrived last week it was already dark, but the very next morning I spotted a Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) pecking at the red tail light on our truck! Needless to say my first…
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Magical Monarchs in Mexico

While my journey south to Mexico every fall terminates at Jaltemba Bay, Monarch butterflies migrate further into the mountainous interior of Mexico. During this trip they make numerous refueling stops, of which our yard is apparently one. I took a photo of this Monarch last fall during a brief pit stop it made at our place near El Tonino,…

Great Egrets, Boat-billed Herons and Citreoline Trogons

The Great Egrets in their La Peñita rookery provided us many hours of entertainment several mornings in April. Photos were not easy to take (sitting on a tree branch is not very comfy). Getting the right exposure for the white birds is always a challenge. During their courting, breeding, and nesting season, the egrets display beautiful…

Loving Nature in Two Countries

I am a self-professed nature nut in the two countries I call home, Canada and Mexico. The passion I have for flora and fauna that shows up in my many photographs and watercolours, must have begun during my early Canadian childhood as I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have this love for nature. My mom must have secretly despaired…
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Magpie Jay

These loud and raucous birds have lately been coming to my casa for treats almost every morning and some evenings too! One or two of them will whistle to get our attention... then call in their compadres once the treat has been tossed out for them. Their sometimes whimsical flight pattern is to me enhanced by their long tail feathers;…
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Fun with Pelicans

Brown Pelican landing on Los Ayala Beach, with panache! I love trying to capture the grace, beauty, and often comical antics, of pelicans in action! Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala.
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Whimbrel

The Whimbrel is a member of the Curlew family. It is primarily a coastal species found on marshes, beaches and rocky shores, often in flocks, but it forages singly. It feeds more by picking, less by probing, than other Curlews. Photo taken on the beach in Guayabitos back in 2008 by Roger Williams. Roger happens to be Allyson’s…
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Anhinga Reflection

Photo by Bea Rauch. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. …
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Hummingbird Heaven

This photo features the honeysuckle at Bungalows Las Gaviotas, Guayabitos. Kuno and his wife Judy stayed next door at the Anai and spent many hours watching the hummingbirds feast. Photo by Kuno Jensen. …