Río Los Sosa, Tafí del Valle, Tucumán province, Argentina.
A handsome Argentine endemic, found locally in yungas forest in the northwestern Andes. In spring, as they are starting to nest, male and female stay amazingly close together, sometimes side-by-side - they posed perfectly for this shot. I also featured this bird seven years ago, but I don't mind doing it again since this is a far better photo. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark III camera and a Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II lens with a 1.4x teleconverter on 29 September 2014. No flash. You can find previous featured photos here.
Welcome to antpitta.com. I use this site to share my photographs of wild birds. With over 3200 photos of more than 2500 bird species, it has become one of the largest private collections of bird photos on the web. Most photos are from the Neotropics, though I do have a section for photos from elsewhere around the world. I have been continually improving my gear and skills over the last eight years. Many of the older shots are not the best quality, but I am always striving to improve them.
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Latest updates and blog:
16 May: Another small update from Panama. A pair of Spot-crowned Barbets may be the most interesting shot, as it's often hard to get a decent angle at this canopy species. I also liked the White-shouldered Tanager. I was lucky to have a chance to photograph a Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon, which I have only ever seen a few times. Others include Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Squirrel Cuckoo, Western Slaty-Antshrike, Purple Gallinule, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Tawny-crested Tanager, Vaux's Swift, White-winged Becard, White-vented Plumeleteer, and Yellow-bellied Elaenia.
24 April: Many more from Panama today: Black-breasted Puffbird, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Crowned Woodnymph, Keel-billed Toucan, Gray-headed Chachalaca, Bay-headed Tanager, Black-chested Jay, Collared Araracari, Crimson-backed Tanager, Long-billed Hermit, Moustached Antwren, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rufous-breasted Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Whooping Motmot, Rufous Motmot, and Silver-throated Tanager among others.
21 April: Loads more from (mostly) Panama today; I was there for just over 2 weeks from late November to mid December. It was quite wet at times, but I still came away with a surprisingly large number of shots. It's the best place I know for photographing antbirds, and I'm spotlighting two of them here: White-bellied Antbird and Dusky Antbird. Check the list of recent shots for everything, but some others I liked include Bicolored Antbird, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Olivaceous Flatbill, Southern Bentbill, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Plain Xenops, and Blue-chested Hummingbird. I also finally nailed a Mangrove Cuckoo, which had been a major nemesis for me, having first dipped it in March 1998!
19 April: The quetzals and trogons gallery has a gotten a long-overdue overhaul. While doing that, I found a nice Blue-tailed (Choco) Trogon shot from NW Ecuador that I had never uploaded, and also added some new trogon photos from Panama, including Black-throated and Slaty-tailed Trogons.
14 April: More today, mostly from Argentina. I've also been updating taxonomy and fixing some mistakes. I've picked Tucuman Mountain-Finch, Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch, and Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet to highlight below, but others include Buff-banded Tyrannulet, Highland Elaenia, Bare-eyed Ground-Dove, Rufous-throated Dipper, White-capped Dipper, and Kelp Goose.
13 April: Yesterday I managed to get photos of the crissalis subspecies of Black-backed Grosbeak, something I had been missing for th West Ecuador book. Arguably a better shot of of the male is here, but I chose the one below for the field guide because it had to go in a vertical space and it showed more of the field marks.
11 April: Making good progress on my Argentina material... I've changed the featured photo to a nice shot of Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, and I also really like the Burrowing Parakeets below that came beak-to-beak in a very brief confrontation. Other shots from the last two days are Aplomado Falcon, Black-winged Ground-Dove, Black-crested Finch, Cliff Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Saltator, Little Thornbird, Stripe-crowned Spinetail, Quebracho Crested-Tinamou, Stripe-capped Sparrow, Yellow-browed Tyrant, House Wren, White-browed Tapaculo, and Zimmer's Tapaculo.
9 April: Another update from Argentina today, with Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant, Golden-spotted Ground-Dove, White-throated Treerunner, Straight-billed Earthcreeper, Andean Condor, Variable Hawk, and Brown-backed Mockingbird.
8 April: I've got a huge backlog to work through, and finally go started on it today. Most of these are from last year in Argentina, and two of those are highlighted here, Mountain Wren and Red-faced Guan. The guan is not a super shot, but there are not many photos available of this rare species. I also found a neat shot of a flying Band-tailed Sierra-Finch I took ages ago in Ecuador and forgot about. White-browed Brush-Finch is another new species for the collection, and other photos include Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail, and Short-billed Pipit. It will be a while before I can upload photos from my trip to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica in February, but I've but many of them in a trip report; it can be downloaded by clicking here, but beware it is a 10MB file.
5 April: I've been processing 1500 photos for use in the West Ecuador field guide - with that on my plate, it's been hard to find the time or enthusiasm to process even more photos for this website. That work is finally coming to a close, so I should be able to update more often. On Saturday, I just had to get out and managed to upgrade some shots for the field guide. Maybe they are not the most charismatic species, but I was happy to get them!
1 March: From late January to late February, I was in Tierra del Fuego and on a cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. It was an unforgettable voyage for both wildlife and scenery, and I'll add the photos when I get some time. Let's start with some shots from Tierra del Fuego during the week or so that I had there before boarding the ship. One of my favorite encounters was a family of Magellanic Woodpeckers; a pair was being followed closely by a fledgling that was almost as big as they were. Others today are Upland Goose, White-crested ("Chilean") Elaenia, South American Tern, and Thorn-tailed Rayadito, which I have set as the "featured photo".
11 January: I've got a small update today with photos from Argentina in September, including nice shots of Rufous-bellied Saltator, the recently-split Plumbeous Black-Tyrant, Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch, Black Siskin, a female Cinereous Tyrant, Common Bush-Tanager, and Dot-fronted Woodpecker.
3 November: More shots today from Northern Peru in September, including Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Striated Earthcreeper, White-winged Cinclodes, Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Koepcke's Screech-Owl, Mountain Caracara, Gray-winged Inca-Finch, and Chestnut-backed Thornbird.
18 October: One last update before I start a short southern Ecuador tour... Here are a few more photos from Peru last month. Tanager flocks were superb at Abra Patricia, but this Saffron-crowned Tanager was the only one I managed to get a decent shot of. I also really like the shot of Mishana Tyrannulet, perched in a flowering tree - it was actually a lifer for me, since I missed on a previous trip. Other new ones include Black-throated Hermit, Ash-throated Antwren, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, and Many-colored Rush Tyrant.
17 October: Today I've headed two more shots from Peru. Both of these species are endemic to northern Peru and described relatively recently. Ochre-fronted Antpitta is the 26th antpitta species on antpitta.com, and Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher, sometimes called Lulu's Tody-Flycatcher, is a big improvement over the photo I had previously gotten.
12 October: After five weeks of tours in Peru and Argentina, I have a nice new bunch of shots to upload, though it might be a while before I find the time to get all caught up. I'm starting with a couple of my favorites: Peruvian Thick-knee from Peru, which I've added as the "featured photo", and a Chaco Owl from Argentina, a bird I tried for unsuccessfully several previous trips, but finally hit the jackpot this time. It's not a superb shot, but finding it and photographing it was amazing experience I'll never forget.
9 August: I've added more from by Brazil trip last month. The best is a White Woodpecker which was feeding on fruit near the edge of the Pixaim River in the Pantanal; other include the snethlagae subspecies of Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Campo Flicker, Nacunda Nighthawk, Orange-backed Troupial, a female Unicolored Blackbird in flight, and Great Rufous Woodcreeper.
26 July: In early July I spent two weeks leading a tour in the Pantanal and southern Amazon of Brazil. I've guided this tour many years in a row now and never tire of it, there is so much to see and there is never a lack of photo opportunities. The series below are some of my favorite shots from the trip as a thirsty Razor-billed Curassow drinks his fill from the Cristalino River. A couple of other shots for today include Red-necked Aracari and Guianan (Para) Gnatcatcher taken from the lodge's canopy towers.
24 May: One last set from the border region between eastern Ecuador and Peru; some interesting shots but nothing earthshattering: Amazonian Antshrike, Cinereous Antshrike, Castelnau's Antshrike, Bare-faced Ibis, Sand-colored Nighthawk, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, and Plumbeous Antbird.
18 May: A few more shots today from far eastern Ecuador, including Brownish Twistwing, Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant, White-chinned Woodcreeper, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, and Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet. The White-chinned Woodcreeper completes a very difficult genus to photograph (Dendrocincla), though they can all be improved.
14 May: Good image processing is essential to get the most out of a bird photo. Many of my older shots were poorly processed, and I have been recently going back and redoing many ot them, but still have a long way to go. I recently came across a great little eBook about image processing by Glenn Bartley, a very accomplished bird photographer whose work I greatly admire. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about it, or to take their own skills to the next level. Click here for more info.
10 May: I've been too busy lately to add much, but today I'm uploading a couple of shots from a recent short vacation to far eastern Ecuador (and bordering Peru) with Roger Ahlman, Rudy Gelis, and Mitch Lysinger. It was not really a photography trip, but a chance to visit a remote part of the Amazon I had never seen before with some top-notch birders, and also to relax a little and have some fun. I didn't get that many shots, but the ones I managed were of species that are pretty tough to photograph. Today I am featuring Sooty Antbird and Chestnut-belted Gnateater. I'll add more soon.
Recently added photos:
16 May: Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher from Panama
16 May: Spot-crowned Barbet from Panama
16 May: Squirrel Cuckoo from Panama
16 May: Western Slaty-Antshrike from Panama
16 May: Purple Gallinule from Panama
16 May: Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon from Panama
16 May: Straight-billed Woodcreeper from Panama
16 May: Tawny-crested Tanager from Panama
16 May: White-shouldered Tanager from Panama
16 May: Vaux's Swift from Panama
16 May: White-winged Becard from Panama
16 May: White-vented Plumeleteer from Panama
16 May: Yellow-bellied Elaenia from Panama
24 April: Black-breasted Puffbird from Panama
24 April: Chestnut-headed Oropendola from Panama
24 April: Crowned Woodnymph from Panama
24 April: Keel-billed Toucan from Panama
24 April: Gray-headed Chachalaca from Panama
24 April: Bay-headed Tanager from Panama
24 April: Black-chested Jay from Panama
24 April: Collared Araracari from Panama
24 April: Common Black Hawk from Panama
24 April: Crimson-backed Tanager from Panama
24 April: Fork-tailed Flycatcher from Panama
24 April: Long-billed Hermit from Panama
24 April: Mealy Parrot from Panama
24 April: Mouse-colored Tyrannulet from Panama
24 April: Moustached Antwren from Panama
24 April: Red-crowned Ant-Tanager from Panama
24 April: Ruddy Ground-Dove from Panama
24 April: Rufous-breasted Wren from Panama
24 April: Rufous-capped Warbler from Panama
24 April: Whooping Motmot from Panama
24 April: Rufous Motmot from Panama
24 April: Silver-throated Tanager from Panama
19 April: White-bellied Antbird from Panama
19 April: Dusky Antbird from Panama
19 April: Checker-throated Antwren from Panama
19 April: White-flanked Antwren from Panama
19 April: Dot-winged Antwren from Panama
19 April: Bicolored Antbird from Panama
19 April: Spot-winged Antbird from Ecuador
19 April: Golden-crowned Spadebill from Panama
19 April: Olivaceous Flatbill from Panama
19 April: Southern Bentbill from Panama
19 April: Rusty-margined Flycatcher from Panama
19 April: Panama Flycatcher from Panama
19 April: Mangrove Cuckoo from Panama
19 April: Plain Xenops from Panama
19 April: Blue-chested Hummingbird from Panama
19 April: Red-throated Ant-Tanager from Panama
19 April: White-whiskered Puffbird from Panama
18 April: Blue-tailed (Choco) Trogon from Ecuador.
18 April: Black-throated Trogon from Panama.
18 April: Slaty-tailed Trogon from Panama.
17 April: Citron-headed Yellow-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Red-tailed Comet from Argentina.
17 April: Two-banded Plover from Argentina.
17 April: Puna Plover from Argentina.
17 April: Brown-capped Whitestart from Argentina.
17 April: Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch from Argentina and Ecuador.
17 April: Sclater's Tyrannulet from Argentina.
17 April: Dusky-capped Flycatcher from Argentina.
17 April: Fawn-breasted Tanager from Argentina.
17 April: Lesser Rhea from Argentina.
17 April: Ochre-cheeked Spinetail from Argentina.
17 April: Patagonian Sierra-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Puna Yellow-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Sedge Wren from Argentina.
17 April: White-browed Chat-Tyrant from Argentina.
17 April: Euler's Flycatcher from Argentina.
17 April: Southern Martin from Argentina.
17 April: Blue-capped Puffleg from Argentina.
17 April: Hillstar sp. from Argentina.
14 April: Tucuman Mountain-Finch from Argentina.
14 April: Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch from Argentina.
14 April: Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet from Argentina.
14 April: Buff-banded Tyrannulet from Argentina.
14 April: Highland Elaenia from Argentina.
14 April: Bare-eyed Ground-Dove from Argentina.
14 April: Rufous-throated Dipper from Argentina.
14 April: White-capped Dipper from Ecuador.
14 April: Kelp Goose from Argentina as well as the Falklands.
13 April: Black-backed Grosbeak from Ecuador.
11 April: Yellow-striped Brush-Finch from Argentina.
11 April: Burrowing Parakeet from Argentina.
11 April: Aplomado Falcon from Argentina.
11 April: Black-winged Ground-Dove from Argentina.
11 April: Black-crested Finch from Argentina.
11 April: Cliff Flycatcher from Argentina.
11 April: Rufous-bellied Saltator from Argentina.
10 April: Little Thornbird from Argentina.
10 April: Stripe-crowned Spinetail from Argentina.
10 April: Quebracho Crested-Tinamou from Argentina.
10 April: Stripe-capped Sparrow from Argentina.
10 April: Yellow-browed Tyrant from Argentina.
10 April: House Wren from Argentina.
10 April: White-browed Tapaculo from Argentina.
10 April: Zimmer's Tapaculo from Argentina.
9 April: Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant from Argentina.
9 April: Golden-spotted Ground-Dove from Argentina.
9 April: Straight-billed Earthcreeper from Argentina.
9 April: White-throated Treerunner from Argentina.
9 April: Brown-backed Mockingbird from Argentina.
9 April: Variable Hawk from Argentina.
9 April: Andean Condor from Argentina.
8 April: Mountain Wren from Argentina.
8 April: Red-faced Guan from Argentina.
8 April: Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner from Argentina.
8 April: White-browed Brush-Finch from Argentina.
8 April: Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail from Argentina.
8 April: Short-billed Pipit from Argentina.
8 April: Band-tailed Sierra-Finch from Ecuador.
5 April: Plain-colored Seedeater from Ecuador.
5 April: Paramo Pipit from Ecuador.
1 March: Thorn-tailed Rayadito from Argentina.
1 March: Magellanic Woodpecker from Argentina.
1 March: Upland Goose from Argentina.
1 March: White-crested Elaenia from Argentina.
1 March: South American Tern from Argentina.
11 January: Rufous-bellied Saltator from Argentina.
11 January: Plumbeous Black-Tyrant from Argentina.
11 January: Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch from Argentina.
11 January: Black Siskin from Argentina.
11 January: Cinereous Tyrant from Argentina.
11 January: Common Bush-Tanager from Argentina.
11 January: Dot-fronted Woodpecker from Argentina.
13 December: Streak-chested Antpitta from Panama.
3 November: Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet from Peru.
3 November: Koepcke's Screech-Owl from Peru.
3 November: Mountain Caracara from Peru.
3 November: Caruculated Caracara from Ecuador.
3 November: Buff-bridled Inca-Finch from Peru.
3 November: Gray-winged Inca-Finch from Peru.
3 November: Striated Earthcreeper from Peru.
3 November: Chestnut-backed Thornbird from Peru.
3 November: White-winged Cinclodes from Peru.
1 November: Rufous-banded Owl from Ecuador.
1 November: Violet-throated Metaltail from Ecuador.
1 November: Long-wattled Umbrellabird from Ecuador.
1 November: Chestnut-collared Swallow from Ecuador.
1 November: Watkins's Antpitta from Ecuador.
1 November: King Vulture from Ecuador.
1 November: Blue-winged Teal and Andean Teal from Ecuador.
18 October: Saffron-crowned Tanager from Peru.
18 October: Mishana Tyrannulet from Peru.
18 October: Black-throated Hermit from Peru.
18 October: Ash-throated Antwren from Peru.
18 October: Fiery-throated Fruiteater from Peru.
18 October: Many-colored Rush Tyrant from Peru.
17 October: Ochre-fronted Antpitta from Peru.
17 October: Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher from Peru.
12 October: Peruvian Thick-knee from Peru.
12 October: Chaco Owl from Argentina.
9 August: White Woodpecker from Brazil.
9 August: Chestnut-belted Gnateater from Brazil.
9 August: Campo Flicker from Brazil.
9 August: Blue-crowned Parakeet from Brazil.
9 August: Nacunda Nighthawk from Brazil.
9 August: White-bellied Seedeater from Brazil.
9 August: Orange-backed Troupial from Brazil.
9 August: Ringed Kingfisher from Brazil.
9 August: Unicolored Blackbird from Brazil.
9 August: Great Rufous Woodcreeper from Brazil.
26 July: Razor-billed Curassow from Brazil.
26 July: Red-necked Aracari from Brazil.
26 July: Guianan (Para) Gnatcatcher from Brazil.
24 May: Amazonian Antshrike from Ecuador.
24 May: Cinereous Antshrike from Peru.
24 May: Castelnau's Antshrike from the Ecuador/Peru border.
24 May: Bare-faced Ibis from Ecuador.
24 May: Sand-colored Nighthawk from the Ecuador/Peru border.
24 May: Yellow-bellied Dacnis from Ecuador.
24 May: Plumbeous Antbird from Peru.
18 May: Brownish Twistwing from Ecuador.
18 May: Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant from the Ecuador/Peru border.
18 May: White-chinned Woodcreeper from Ecuador.
18 May: Spotted Tody-Flycatcher from Ecuador.
18 May: Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet from Ecuador.
10 May: Chestnut-belted Gnateater from Ecuador.
10 May: Sooty Antbird from Ecuador.
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