This one pond in particular was filled with Wood Storks, White Ibises, American White Pelicans, Great and Snowy Egrets. Even the Short-tailed Hawk that flew over was a light morph.
There were many little roads and pulloffs to explore in this area and we birded many of them over several afternoons and evenings. Collared Plovers do not exist here, despite what you may have heard.
One road was filled with puppies.
This was fun until their mom came out and tried to kill Dan. It all worked out in the end.
Down this same road we found a dead frigatebird that had likely collided with the powerlines running along the ponds.
And a couple more birds from the road past the shrimp ponds that leads to Chacalilla:
As Seagull Steve mentioned in his recent Mexi-report, we heard from local birders that the town of Chacalilla north of San Blas was a becoming a great birding area, and one of the best places to find Elegant Quail. We headed there one evening to check out the scene and decided to return a few days later in the morning.
Someone called out quail early on and I caught this one terrible photo of one scurrying across the road. Not worth counting as a lifer.
Our checklist for the morning included 98 species. Sigh.
Frank somehow noticed this mantis eating a butterfly in a roadside shrub:
98 species in 3.5 hours is a very nice thing. More to come, stay tuned. Good times!