On the very last day of this month I was in Columbia, at the famed birding lodge El Dorado in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a high mountain range, up to 5700 metres overlooking the Caribbean Sea. My main target up here was the White-tipped Quetzal, a spectacular bird only found here and on the adjacent Caribbean slopes of neighbouring Venezuela. I got lucky withing the first hour, a magnificent male sat nicely in a tree by the forest trail. What a bird.
I could post one of the endemic species from Feb.1st in Columbia but I choose instead this Black-capped Tanager from El Dorado Eco Lodge. It was a lifer for me and the photograph shows off its oscellated, slightly irridescant green throat and breast feathers on an otherwise blue bird with a black cap.
This was not a good month for bird photography, the weather was generally cold and wet, not condusive to getting out with the camera. However a visit to the Charca de Suarez did result in a close up shot of a Pintail, not a common species in Andalucia, in fact it's the first one I can remember at the Charca and as it is a very elegant bird it's worth a record as bird of the month.
Jays are a mixed woodland species and as a consequence are not really numerous in Andalucia due to a lack of suitable habitat. I had seen them however on visits to el Robledal, a forested area in the North Axarquia which is a good place to see all types of forest birds. They are extremely wary of human presence and are difficult to approach, so I used 4wd to get off the track and into the woods. With the engine switched off our patience was rewarded with a good shot of this one when it perched in a nearby tree, unaware of our presence. A very attractive bird.