About the MotmotExploring the natural world with pencil and paper from high atop a one-story bungalow in the middle of Oklahoma.
Category Archives: digiscoping
It’s been a strange year, and most of us are glad to scrape the last of it off our shoes. But who doesn’t love a holiday year-end letter? It’s one last chance to send a few humble-brags and over-shares. Here are a few of mine. … Continue reading
Trogons have movie-star eyelashes, and I’d always admired and wondered why they had them. My bird artist friend, Mike DiGiorgio, says, “I thought it was so they could wink at their mates.” After watching a pair excavating a nest hole … Continue reading
In a recent post about chestnut-headed oropendolas, I promised to get back to you with better (published) information, and after some searching found The Nesting Habits of Wagler’s Oropendola (Zarhynchus wagleri) On Barro Colorado Island, from the Bulletin of the … Continue reading
I talk a lot about Barro Colorado Island, having been a frequent visitor over the past 15 years. But there’s a lot to explore in the canal zone. The architectural beauty of Gamboa and the biodiversity of nearby Pipeline Road, … Continue reading
Turquoise. Ultramarine. Indigo. Lazuli. Those are some of my favorite colors. Also names for birds- notably, two species of buntings currently here at Casa Motmot, scarfing down my birdseed and decorating the hardscape with their lovely blueness. We seem to … Continue reading