Monday, October 31, 2011

Cathartes aura

Nice turkey vulture, Cathartes aura, this morning. Not sure if these are permanent residents of El Morro or migrating transients. I see them all the time when riding my bike. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gymnomystax mexicanus

Saw this oriole blackbird, Gymnomystax mexicanus, at Parque Gen. Francisco Miranda (formerly called Parque de Este) in Caracas yesterday.

Be Happy

Back in Caracas and back at SAIME trying to solve my visa mess. No progress yet, but made progress on Benjamin's VE passport. Took a few pics this afternoon. My favorite is this one. Saw this statue while riding in a taxi. It is of Gen. Francico Miranda and his base is saying, "Be Happy" and "Infinite Love". Nice message from the generalissimo. 
Be Happy!

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Family

I love my wife and son!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Baby Blanco is Back

I bought Baby Blanco new for about $7000 cash in Nov. of 2003. She's been a great car and she is the car I've owned the longest. Recently I spent of bit of money getting her fixed; brakes, clutch adjustment, new ignition wires/tune-up, etc. Shortly after that, she stopped working due to an electrical failure of some kind. I took it to a battery place and the guy said it was a bad alternator, so not wanting to spend more money I let her sit for about 6 weeks. 

Finally, yesterday, I had contacted a one of our old ELA families who has an electric auto shop. They came over with a technician and he determined it was simply a bad battery. Doh! We got her started, drove it to the shop where they tested the electrical system (okay), and put in a new battery, cleaned the cables, etc. 

So now Baby Blanco is running great! We've ridden in a lot of taxis over the weeks and some have been really uncomfortable. I find Baby Blanco, as basic as she is, a very comfortable car. No weird vibrations, fairly smooth ride (for a car in its class) and kind of peppy (fun). 
She's a little rough around the edges.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Ride Pic of the Day

Ride pic of the day: assessing the morning's catch.

Pelecanus occidentalis

These are brown pelicans, Pelecanus occidentalis, which were shadowing a couple of fishing boats in Bahia Barcelona. Though they don't look like it, these guys are some of the most graceful birds in the sky!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Icterus nigrogularis

South American yellow oriole Icterus nigrogularis seen on this morning's ride. 


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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Mockingbird and The Ship

Took this pic yesterday when riding. Cropped it, and it turned out okay.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Leucippus fallax richmondi

On my morning ride came across this little buffy hummingbird, Leucippus fallax richmondi, just sitting on this bush. I was able to get a bit closer and get a decent shot (considering the camera).