I'm itching to tell you about the lifers of Puerto Rico but first I should share with you my last ABA bird that I saw recently in Miami. A few weeks ago I drove down to Culter Wetland to see my very first American Golden Plover. When I first arrived I immediately saw the shorebird frenzy of dowitchers and sandpipers right near the shoreline. The plover was farther out in the wetland but seen easily with a scope.
Here you can see expanse of wetland and below you will see my little plover sitting all alone on a spit of land. A nearby Black-necked Stilt gives good size comparison.
A closer look of the plover was had with the aide of a fellow birder. He even allowed me to take a few digiscoping shots. I am definitely ready to buy a scope soon. I'm hoping by next year's Panama trip I will have the one I want. Until then, please share if you have any suggestions. I'm willing to put some money into the purchase.
I love this shot as the plover looks skyward. Perhaps a shadow cast down or a flyover was taking place. Regardless, it was fun watching the bird in its element.
Cutler Wetlands is a must visit spot if you're in and around Miami. This is the same place I saw my lifer flamingo just a couple years back.