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The Gambling Bird - Currently in New Mexico

Postby TheGamblingBird » Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:49 pm

Hello everyone!

Im a US expat and birder who moves every several months and blogs about the birds I see along the way. I work remotely so Ive been able to live and bird in Cyprus, Hungary, Bulgaria, Vietnam in the last year and a half. Im currently living in the birding shangri la known as Panama. I really enjoy seeing as many different species of birds as I can, but I equally enjoy being able to capture and share the beauty of birds with my camera.

Ill be birding at least 2-3 times a week while Im in Panama and I look forward to sharing my findings with you at http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com. Ive been birding for about 2.5-3 years and I am excited to keep honing my skills and sharing the birds I see along the way!

Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

CEK
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:22 pm

Hello everyone! I just pressed 'publish' on my most recent blog post. Its my favorite from Panama so far :) I share details, sightings and photographs from my first Christmas Bird Count! Two of my favorite birds I saw on this trip were Rufous Browed Pepper Shrike and Large Footed Finch. Ive also attached my favorite photo (female Magnificent Hummingbird). Enjoy your day everyone and have a happy holiday!

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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:15 pm

Greetings and Happy New Year!

In my latest post:
http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com/2016/01/new-year-new-birds-new-resolutions.html
I share some of my bird watching resolutions for 2016 and also share some of my most recent sightings in Panama! A few of the recent birding stunners include Blue Throated Toucanet and this lovely Acorn Woodpecker (shared below) who decided to strike a really apt pose for me.

Some of my 'birding resolutions' include posting to Ebird more and improving my raptor identification skills. If you have any tips or tools (particularly with raptor ids!) feel free to post below and send them my way.

Enjoy your day eveyone!
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:49 pm

Hola amigos! This next post is quite the doozy and features pictures of some lovely Central American stunners. Follow the link for photos of Red Headed Barbet, Ornate Hawk Eagle and many other specialties.

http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com/2016/01/scouting-report-bajo-mono-boquete.html

For those of you who do not feel like reading I will also impart one of the most important lessons Ive realized recently: Chow Mein makes a perfect packed lunch after hiking and bird watching all morning.

In keeping with my other posts Ill also include one of my favorite photos from the featured blog post. This is a Yellow Headed Caracara. Enjoy your week everyone!
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:58 pm

Yesterday I took the step of making a Facebook page for my blog. As many of you know American election season is drawing closer and my personal facebook feed is slowly clogging up with toxic political posts. In the past I have actually stopped myself from deleting my facebook because I engage with so many bird watchers on it, but now I can just use the separate page and ignore the political cesspool that creeps on to the personal page. Anyways. If Facebook is a platform that you use here is the link!

https://www.facebook.com/TheGamblingBird/

Enjoy your day everyone! Im going to do a bit of Panamanian backyard birding today (the banannas are already out!) and then tomorrow Ill be going out with my friend who is an excellent bird watcher and some birding beasts who saw 600 species in Panama last year. Thats right. 600 in the country in one year. Should make for a great day birding :)
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:12 pm

Hello everyone! Excuse the absence but I just returned from a 10 day trip with my mother and sister around Panama! Of course I squeezed in lots of time for birding :) My latest blog post is birding the Boca Chica area of Panama. It includes pictures of Common Black Hawk, Black Hooded Antshrike, Mangrove Cukoo and many others. Enjoy and have a great day!

http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com/2016/02/birding-pacific-bay-resort-in-punta.html
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:25 pm

Hello everyone! I just penned a post about birding the El Valle and La Laguna areas of Panama. This was a new part of the country for me to explore. The highlight of the trip for me was seeing Long Billed Starthroat - pictured below! The post and more photos found here: http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com/2016/02/birding-la-laguna-and-el-valle-late.html

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I hope everyone is enjoying there day. Feel free to leave some feedback or comments. I would love to hear from people that are reading and enjoying the blog!
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:48 am

Woohoo! Just finished a new blog post! In Panama we have some of the best backyard birding Ive ever encountered, and i explore this in my new blog post. I was recently able to bird at the properties of two couples who each have over 100 species of birds in their backyard, and thats not counting rare visitors!

http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com/2016/02/backyard-birding-on-steroids-boquete.html

Here is a photo from my post. This is a Chestnut Sided Warbler!
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:16 pm

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This latest post is a doozy! I recently did an all day hike from where I am currently living (Boquete) to an area called Cerro Punta. This particular trail is well known for its birding, and it did not disappoint! In my latest post I share photos of Volcano Hummingbird, American Dipper, Yellow Bellied Siskin, Barred Becard and more. I love this photo so much I had to share it in the thread!

Heres the post url! Check it ou and let me know what you thnk! http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com/2016/02/birding-and-hiking-los-quetzales-trail.html
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Re: The Gambling Bird - Currently in Panama

Postby TheGamblingBird » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:11 am

Hola amigos! In my latest post I cover a lot of literal and figurative ground and I got to bird in three very different places in Panama in the last week! In my post there are pictures of Snail Kite, Straight Billed Woodcreeper and many others. I share photos of both common species in Panama and species that have the smallest range! PS! Does anyone know how to get a normal sized picture in here? I am really starting to get frustrated! I hope you enjoy! Link below:

http://thegamblingbird.blogspot.com/2016/03/bustling-birding-in-boquete-caldera-and.html
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