In this month's gallery we'll be visiting South Africa, Australia, Peru, and Brazil -- where participants David and Judy Smith obtained this lovely image of a Burrowing Owl -- but first, let's visit Colombia...
...and guide Jesse Fagan's inaugural "Colombia: The Llanos & More" tour , which looks to be a hit. This Pale-headed Jacamar, a regional specialty of northeast Colombia and adjacent Venezuela, found itself a good meal at Hato La Aurora. (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
Orinoco Geese are among the very snazziest of tropical waterfowl. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
Horned Screamers: These things are big...and somewhat bizarre, with the antenna-like thing on the head. (And yes, they are loud!) (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
Capybaras are the largest rodents, but no need to worry ourselves about these water-loving herbivores, common in the llanos. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
There are 10 species of thick-knees on Earth, two of which occur in the New World: this is the elegant Double-striped Thick-knee, which just reaches into South America in northern Colombia. (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
Tour manager Caroline Lewis from our Field Guides Austin office was able to join our Colombia group and got some of the fellas to join her in this great selfie.
Always a visual treat: Whistling Heron in the llanos. (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
White-tailed Goldenthroat is a widely distributed hummingbird in the wet grasslands of South America. (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
Social Flycatcher? Close but not quite...this one's a look-alike bonus! It's White-bearded Flycatcher, a specialty of very limited distribution in the llanos of northeastern Colombia and adjacent Venezuela. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
The big wood-rails are always fun to see...this is the widespread Gray-necked photographed by guide Jesse Fagan in a particularly nice setting.
This brilliant Ruby-topaz Hummingbird male was one of a variety of hummingbird prizes at the appropriately named Jardin Encantado, or Enchanted Garden, about 90 minutes out of Bogota. (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
A lovely scene at Laguna Pedro Paulo (looking toward Parque Nacional Los Nevados), where Colombian endemics such as Turquoise Dacnis and Black Inca occur. (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
The always mesmerizing Booted Racket-tail, also at Laguna Pedro Paulo (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
Chicaque National Park, just 30 minutes outside Bogota, holds numerous endemics and specialties, and here we also found one of the Colombia subspecies of Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, "andinus." (Photo by guide Richard Webster)
Lovely, right? The wonderfully named Tourmaline Sunangel, photographed by guide Richard Webster at Chicaque.
Change of scene: This moody image of two Blue-headed Macaws by participant Ian Resnick takes us south from Colombia to our "Peruvian Rainforests of the Tambopata" tour with guide Pepe Rojas.
This Ocellated Poorwill on the rainforest floor was doing a fine job blending into the leaf litter on its dayroost. (Photo by participant Ian Resnick)
Another nightbird species our Peruvian Rainforests group delighted in seeing was this Long-tailed Potoo with its "mini-me" chick tucked in tightly to its breast. Junior apparently doesn't yet know it's best to keep eyes closed! (Photo by participant Ian Resnick)
It's always a good sign of a wilderness without too much human pressure when we see game species like Blue-throated Piping-Guan. (Photo by participant Dana Little)
Purus Jacamar is named for a long tributary of the Amazon originating in southeastern Peru. (Photo by participant Dana Little)
A Brown Capuchin Monkey photographed by participant Dana Little.
Always a goal for the Peruvian Rainforests tour is seeing a Harpy Eagle, and we had great success again this year! Participant Dana Little captured this image of a fully grown young Harpy near the nest.
Let's shift eastward now to Brazil and our fall Safari Brazil tour. This image by participant Peter Bono from one of our "safari" outings in Emas National Park shows guide Marcelo Padua on watch at the front.
Participants David and Judy Smith brought home this image of a multicolored Yellow-faced Parrot.
Among other elegant parrots on the tour was this Yellow-collared Macaw, photographed by participant Charlotte Byers.
Nightbird prizes on the Safari Brazil tour included White-winged Nightjar, captured so nicely in this image by participant Bill Byers.
The attractive White-rumped Tanager is a cerrado species that is often found in small groups; the young of the last season may help adults at the nest. (Photo by participants David and Judy Smith)
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