Mary could explain in detail, but I will admit here in a brief sentence that I have some obsessive compulsive tendencies. Not to say that I am full fledged OCD or in need of medication to keep the old man calmed down. But, sometimes when I get my mind on something, the thought grabs hold of me and will not let go until it is fully satisfied. And, it has to be done right!
Anyway – for some weeks now I have been obsessing on getting good close-up pictures and a sound recording of a Yellow-Rumped Cacique bird. This desire started while we were dog-sitting Nakita and she and I would be on our morning walks. Having Nakita here got me out of the house earlier than usual and often we were visited during our walks by singing caciques in the trees along the roadway. Some of them were close enough to the roadway sitting on exposed limbs, but (every photographer knows what I am about to say) I never had my camera available to snap a shot of these illusive birds.
One morning, I raced back to the house, grabbed my camera and went to the fence line along our road to get this picture.
This is a Yellow-Rumped Cacique eating some berries. Unfortunately, the bird is about fifty feet away and thirty feet up in a tree. I stood around for twenty minutes or so trying to coax the magnificent bird to sing or to fly closer to the camera for a more detailed picture. While I acted as a feeding station for scores of mosquitoes and gnats the bird steadfastly ignored me and ultimately flew away from me without gracing me with a song.
One of these days I will have a recording of the distinctive morning song these birds loudly sing from the trees and even perhaps a photo of the brightly colored bird in flight like this one I found on a Wikipedia sight.
Meanwhile, I continue to feed mosquitoes and gnats while the compulsion lingers.
Yesterday morning I had to walk over to a neighbor’s home, so I grabbed my camera to see if any caciques would pose and sing for me. Although I did not see any caciques, I did notice some new blossoms gracing a tree near my neighbor’s gate and took a moment to photograph those.
New blossoms always attract insects and butterflies, so I held still to get pictures of some of the visitors.
Do you see the ant inspecting this flower?
Here a wasp or small bee collects nectar.
And this white butterfly looks almost like a blossom herself.
I also noticed that our neighbor Heinz has another of the huge paper wasp nests forming on a branch near his stairway.
One last butterfly silhouetted against the morning sky.
But, alas, I have no Cacique close-ups or songs to share with you this morning. Rest assured, your aging OCD correspondent will not fully rest until we have pictures and video to share from here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!