Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico: April 2012

Click on the small picture to see a larger, more detailed version. I toured Oaxaca and Chiapas Mexico in April 2012. Most of the photos were taken with a Canon SLR camera (T3i, 18 Mpixels) with a 100-400mm zoom lens, but I also use a Canon T1i (15 Mpixels) with an 18-100 zoom lens for scenery pictures. Compared to the last trip in Africa, photography was much more difficult. The birds and especially mammals were less numerous and were found in forests rather than out in the open. Nonetheless, there are a few very good pictures and the birds, scenery, and cultural aspects of the trip were very interesting.

I also visited Oaxaca in 2008.

The larger pictures are in many cases larger than can be seen on the usual computer screen. Some viewers (e.g., Firefox) will show the picture sized to fit the screen and offer a button to display at the full resolution. When so displayed, scroll bars or other means are needed to roam around the picture. Note that I have cropped almost all pictures displayed here - this new camera has a lot of pixels!

The trip was very enjoyable and was led by Jan Hansen (dba Otus Asio Tours otusasiotours@bellsouth.net).

Oaxaca central valley

[Zocalo] [Zocalo] [Zocalo] [street scene] [Alebrijes]

Balloon seller, political ad, Cathedral, on the Zocalo;
street scene outside the market, alebrijes, Oaxaca City, April 12, 2012

[Rufous-capped Warbler] [Canyon Wren] [Rock Wren] [Monte Alban] [Monte Alban] [Thick-billed Kingbird]

Rufous-capped Warbler, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, main courtyard, "danzantes", Monte Alban;
Thick-billed Kingbird, "Garbage Gulch", near Oaxaca City, April 13, 2012

[Black-vented Oriole] [Bridled Sparrow] [Bridled Sparrow] [Grey Silky] [Slate-throated Redstart]

Black-vented Oriole, Bridled Sparrow, Grey Silky, Slate-throated Redstart,
Reservoir and hills above Teotitlan del Valle, April 14, 2012

[Boucard's Wren] [White-throated Towhee] [Pileated Flycatcher] [Ash-throated Flycatcher] [Oaxaca Sparrow] [Oaxaca Sparrow]

Boucard's Wren, White-throated Towhee, Pileated Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher,
at Yagul; Oaxaca Sparrow at micro-towers near Matatlan; April 16, 2012

Coastal Oaxaca

[Orange-breasted Bunting] [Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow] [Stripe-headed Sparrow] [Altimira Oriole]

Orange-breasted Bunting at Totalapan; Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow, Stripe-headed Sparrow,
Altimira Oriole at Tehuantepec Thorn Forest, April 16 and 17, 2012

[Reddish Egret] [Semipalmated Plover] [Wilson's Plover]

Reddish Egret, Semipalmated Plover, Wilson's Plover,
La Ventosa Lagoon, April 17, 2012


[Red-billed Pigeon] [Great Kiskadee] [Giant Wren] [Giant Wren]

Red-billed Pigeon, Great Kiskadee, Giant Wren, Boca del Cielo, April 18, 2012

[Iguana] [Inca Dove] [Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl] [Rose-breasted Bunting]

Iguana, Inca Dove, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl at Boca del Cielo;
Rose-breasted Bunting at La Sepultara, April 18, 2012

[Cicada] [Golden-hooded Tanager] [Black-cowled Oriole] [Gartered Trogon] [Northern Bentbill]

Cicada, Golden-hooded Tanager, Black-cowled Oriole, Gartered Trogon,
Northern Bentbill, El Ecote, April 19, 2012

[Red-breasted Chat] [Northern Beardless Tyranulet] [Plain Chachalaca] [Great Currasow] [Creasted Guan] [Rufous-collared Sparrow]

Red-breasted Chat, Northern Beardless Tyranulet on Chicoasen Road;
Plain Chachalaca, Great Currasow (female), Creasted Guan,
wild at Tuxtla Gutierrez Zoo, April 20, 2012
Rufous-collared Sparrow,
Huitepec Reserve near San Cristobal de las Casas, April 21, 2012

Eric W. Greisen