Smooth-billed Ani

I’d been searching for a Smooth-billed Ani for quite some time  in South Florida, where I live.  They are not common here, but every so often I see a report of one being sighted.  I was never able to catch up with one. So when I saw one during my recent vacation in Dominican Republic, you can imagine my excitement.  I was walking on a little nature trail while the rest of my family and friends roasted on the beach, when this beautiful bird swooped down from a tree on my right, over the path in front of me and landed on a low branch to my left.  I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, so we just stared at each other for a moment. Then he hopped back deeper into the brush and I continued on my way.  Of course that meant I would spend the rest of the week with my camera walking back and forth down that trail waiting for him to reappear. A few days later he did, so I am able to share him with you here.

Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
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Antillean Mango

The Antillean Mango is a common species of Hummingbird found throughout the Island of Hispaniola.  It is also found in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  This female stopped buzzing around and stared at me for a moment, graciously allowing me to get this shot.  Then she was gone a quickly as she arrived.

Antillean Mango (Anthracothorax dominicus)