It hasn't quite been a week yet since I've been back from my cruise to Central America and I still haven't found the time to edit my 700+ photos from the trip. I'm working on it though! I probably won't have time to get a trip-related post up here until I get back from the Fesitval of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache NWR in Socorro, New Mexico. I'm flying out Wed to return on Monday the 23rd. There are certainly some birds I am looking forward to finding on this next trip, namely the Rosey-Finches (Grey-Crowned, Brown-Capped, and Black).
Below is an image of one of my latest life-birds that I digiscoped while at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival this past September. This is the only Thrasher species that resides along California's coast, though it has many of the same characteristics as the other commonly occurring species of this genus, both in terms of looks and behavior. Not the most dramatic new bird of 2008, but I was able to get a pretty decent shot of it.
More to come soon, from New Mexico and the tropics!