Published On: Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014

BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND-JUXTAPOSITION OR JUST A POSITION: FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL

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Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired”, zoologist, wildlife photographer, and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 53 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published on the 7th and 21st of each month features anecdotes about birding in Merida, Yucatan and beyond. Contact: all4birdies@gmail.com  All rights reserved, © Cherie Pittillo

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Glaucidium brasilianum, Tecolotito Bajeño or Viejita (Spanish), To’aka x’nuk (Mayan)

SHADOW/SUN

SHADOW AND SUN

SHADOW AND SUN

 

BRUTALITY?

CONJUGALITY

BRUTALITY OR CONJUGALITY

BRUTALITY OR CONJUGALITY

 

A TEMPTATION?

ATTEMPTING ACTION

A TEMPTATION OR ATTEMPTING ACTION

A TEMPTATION OR ATTEMPTING ACTION

 

JUXTAPOSITION?

JUST A POSITION

JUXTAPOSITION OR "JUST A POSITION"

JUXTAPOSITION OR “JUST A POSITION”

 

COUPLING?

COUPLE LINKS

COUPLING OR COUPLE LINKS

COUPLING OR COUPLE LINKS

 

CONJUGATION?

CONJUGAL ACTION

CONJUGATION OR CONJUGAL ACTION

CONJUGATION OR CONJUGAL ACTION

 

CONNUBIAL BLISSING

CONNUBIAL BLESSING

CONNUBIAL BLISSING OR CONNUBIAL BLESSING

CONNUBIAL BLISSING OR CONNUBIAL BLESSING

 

FLYING WALLENDA?

FLYING OWL ENDING

FLYING WALLENDA OR FLYING OWL ENDING

FLYING WALLENDA OR FLYING OWL ENDING

I never know what to expect when I’m outdoors. As I’ve said many times, I receive images for my soul whether I photograph them or not. But I have to be outdoors for the experience. Go forth and look for the magic.

Oh, if you want to learn more about the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, man-cave and all, here’s a prior column:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2012/11/backyard-birding-in-merida-and-beyond-2/

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  1. A spontaneous ferruginous – you nailed it again, Cherie.

  2. Cherie you really captured this. Beautiful and inspiring as well as joyous.

  3. Hi Cherie:

    What amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing them. I remember well seeing this beautiful little bird being attacked right outside our door by a flock of noisy and almost bigger grackles. I meant to tell you that the housekeeper where we stayed discovered the nest of “our” owl close to the house in a cavity in a dead palm. She had seen four young! The nest is about 10′ up so quite accessible. I could see if I could connect you if you wanted to try for photos. There are few birds here (Toronto) as it is still very cold and snowy but heard cardinals and saw 2 Red Tailed Hawks and robins today.

  4. Thank you for your suggestion and your praise. I’ll check out Audubon Int’l for the possibility.

  5. Thanks, Colleen. Happy to share this one-of-a-kind experience for me.

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