West Mexico Photo Safari

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1-10 March 2018

The state of Nayarit is small, but its varied habitats offer an amazing variety of birds and numerous spectacular endemics on which to train our lenses!  Starting in Puerto Vallarta we will photograph Russet-crowned Motmot and Blue Bunting near our hotel.

Russet-crowned Motmot – Photo by Rick Bowers ©

A stop at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden should yield Plain-capped Starthroat, San Blas Jay, Yellow-winged Cacique and others.

San Blas Jay – Photo by Rick Bowers ©

At Cerro de San Juan we will explore a number of habitats from oak-thorn forest through oaks and finally into pine-oak woodlands.  The diurnal birds at too numerous to mention and we will also try for nightbirds including Eared Poorwill, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Whiskered Screech-Owl and the recently split Cinereous Owl, a cousin of the Barred Owl.

Mexican Woodnymph – An endemic species with a tiny range of less than 120 miles long along the Pacific coast – Photo by Rick Bowers ©

Our second destination will be San Blas.  Long a target of birders, this small fishing village offers numerous habitats and a myriad of birds for us to shoot.  Pelagic birds, river trips, mangroves, palm forest and thorn-scrub are alive with possibilities!

Typical habitat on a river boat trip at San Blas – Photo by Rick Bowers ©

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