My favourite finds from my travels

I love to travel and when I get to find a rare species they make my day. At times I cannot id the birds and have got to reference the books I have or inquire from a forum online. Like the odd looking Green Heron, it was identified as a Melanistic Green Heron. I found only 2 of them when visiting Cuba, and they might be the only 2 in Cuba if they do not breed. The Pink-necked Green Pigeon was taken in Malaysia, it was trapped on a net and did not seem to care or be in distressed. I was tempted to rescue it however it was on a farmers field and I did not like to trespass in to the property. The Brown Booby is a bird we do not get in Canada, they did have a sighting of a bird in Ontario, however the bird did not survive. Having the chance to photograph the bird up close was a treat, it might have been flightless for a day and was walking along the beach in Puerto Rico. These are the only trophies I return with after a holiday, making the hi lights of the trip. Like a hunter with his catch, my photos are the rewards.

Melanistic Green Heron

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Pink-necked Green Pigeon

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Brown Booby

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I suppose I was lucky being at the right place at the right time. That does not come by often, making the shot stand out… and then the task begins to figure out its id!

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