Oaxaca, Mexico: 2008

Click on the small picture to see a larger, more detailed version. I toured the area around Oaxaca Mexico in November 2008. The weather was lovely and most of the photos turned out well. At times, the birding was slower than expected, however. Most of the photos were taken with a Canon SLR camera with 300mm zoom lens, but I also use a Nikon point-and-shoot for both scenery and digiscoping. All modes are represented below. The trip was very enjoyable and was led by Jan Hansen (dba Otus Asio Tours notusasiotours@bellsouth.net). Jan leads a variety of trips, all of which I would recommend.

I also visited Oaxaca and Chiapas in 2012.

Culture of Oaxaca City and environs

[Oaxaca] [Oaxaca] [Oaxaca] [Oaxaca] [Oaxaca] [Oaxaca]

Count down to when the Governor can be replaced, chopolinis (grasshopers) for sale, main cathedral,
Iglesia de la Compania, Iglesia de Santo Domingo, inside a church, November 6 and 15, 2008

[Oaxaca] [Monte Alban] [Monte Alban] [Monte Alban] [Monte Alban] [Monte Alban] [Monte Alban]

View from and view at Monte Alban, a Zapotec ruins site, November 7, 2008

[Oaxaca] [alebrije] [alebrije] [weavings] [weavings]

Day of the Dead, Casa de las Artesinas, Oaxaca City, November 6;
"alebrije" workshop of Pepe Santiago, Arrazola, November 7;
modern Zapotec weaving cooperative, Teotitlan, November 8, 2008

[Yagul] [Yagul] [Yagul] [Tule] [Jan]

Yagul, a somewhat more recent ruin,
Arbol del Tule, world's largest tree in circumference,
Jan with Susan and Amy at dinner, November 15, 2008

Oaxaca City and its Mountains

[White-throated Towhee] [White-throated Towhee] [Dusky Flycatcher] [Dusky Flycatcher] [Grasshopper]

White-throated Towhee, Dusky Flycatcher, grasshoper at Monte Alban, November 7, 2008

[Violet-green Swallow] [Firest scene] [Green Violet-ear] [Green Violet-ear] [Rufous Hummingbird] [Lizard]

Violet-green Swallow, forest scene, Green Violet-ear, Rufous Hummingbird,
lizard accidentally in the same view, above Teotitlan del Valle, November 8, 2008

[Tufted Flycatcher] [Tufted Flycatcher] [Slate-throated Redstart] [Slate-throated Redstart] [Slate-throated Redstart]

Tufted Flycatcher and Slate-throated Redstart in the same field of view,
above Teotitlan del Valle, November 8, 2008

[Grey-barred Wren] [Grey-barred Wren] [Mountain Trogon] [Mountain Trogon]

Grey-barred Wren, Mountain Trogon,
above Teotitlan del Valle, November 8, 2008

[Clay-colored Robin] [rufous-backed Robin]

Clay-colored and Rufous-backed Robins
our hotel, Oaxaca City, November 9, 2008

[Bumblebee Hummingbird] [Bumblebee Hummingbird] [Grey-barred Wren] [Grey-barred Wren] [Brown-backed Solitaire]

Bumblebee Hummingbird, Grey-barred Wren, Brown-backed Solitaire,
La Cumbre mountain ridge, November 9, 2008

[White-eared Hummingbird] [Grey-silky Flycatcher] [Grey-silky Flycatcher] [Garnet-throated Hummingbird] [Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer]

White-eared Hummingbird, Grey-silky Flycatcher, Garnet-throated Hummingbird,
Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer, La Cumbre mountain ridge, November 9, 2008

Travel to, around, and from Tuxtepec

[Green Kingfisher] [Green Kingfisher] [Red Warbler] [Red Warbler]

Green Kingfisher at Puente del Ierna,
Red Warbler in mountains north of Oaxaca City, November 10, 2008

[Unicolored Jay] [Unicolored Jay] [Collared Aracari] [Collared Aracari] [Brown Jay] [Brown Jay]

Unicolored Jay, Collared Aracari, Brown Jay,
Carribean side of the mountains, November 10, 2008

[Yellow-breasted Chat] [Grey Hawk] [Grey Hawk] [Grey Hawk] [Grey Hawk] [Painted Bunting]

Yellow-breasted Chat, Grey Hawk, Painted Bunting,
near Camelia Rojo outside Tuxtepec, November 11 and 12, 2008

[Laughing Falcon] [Laughing Falcon] [Rufous-capped Warbler] [Rufous-capped Warbler] [Black-headed Trogon] [Black-headed Saltator]

Laughing Falcon, Rufous-capped Warbler, Black-headed Trogon, Black-headed Saltator,
near Camelia Rojo outside Tuxtepec, November 12, 2008

[Northern Jacana] [Aplomado Falcon] [Aplomado Falcon] [Aplomado Falcon] [Squirrel Cuckoo] [Violaceous Trogon]

Northern Jacana, Aplomado Falcon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Violaceous Trogon,
near Bethania outside Tuxtepec, November 11, 2008

[Blue-grey Tanager] [Yellow-winged Tanager] [Yellow-winged Tanager] [Melodious Blackbird] [Roadside Hawk] [Snail Kite] [Snail Kite]

Blue-grey Tanager, Yellow-winged Tanager, Melodious Blackbird in Tuxtepec,
Roadside Hawk, Snail Kite in Veracruz outside Tuxtepec, November 12, 2008

[Rusty Sparrow] [Olive-throated Parakeet] [Butterfly] [Emerald Toucanet] [Emerald Toucanet] [Collared Trogon]

Rusty Sparrow, Olive-throated Parakeet, butterfly, Emerald Toucanet, Collared Trogon,
on the long road back to Oaxaca City, November 13, 2008

West of Oaxaca City toward Pacific

[White-lored Gnatcatcher] [White-lored Gnatcatcher] [Plain-capped Starthroat] [Plain-capped Starthroat] [Cinnamon-sided Hummingbird]

White-lored Gnatcatcher, Plain-capped Starthroat, Cinnamon-sided Hummingbird,
west of Oaxaca City near Totolapan and beyond, November 14, 2008

[Citreoline Trogon] [Russet-crowned Motmot] [White-throated Magpie-jay] [White-throated Magpie-jay] [Boucard's Wren] [Boucard's Wren]

Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, White-throated Magpie-jay, Boucard's Wren,
west of Oaxaca City, November 14, 2008

[Bridled Sparrow] [Grey-breasted Woodpecker] [Grey-breasted Woodpecker] [Crested Caracara] [Curved-billed Thrasher]

Bridled Sparrow, Grey-breasted Woodpecker, Crested Caracara, Curved-billed Thrasher,
Yagul, west of Oaxaca City, November 15, 2008

Eric W. Greisen