“Far South” in the Americas

I first met Claudio Vidal in 2004 at theAmerican Birding Association’s convention in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and have had the pleasure of birding with him at various shows and birding/nature expos since (although not nearly enough). An all around great guy, enthusiastic & knowledgeable, with a passion for the natural world, we bonded immediately. I met Enrique Couve, at a later show and liked him immediately as well! Clearly we shared that same innate appreciation of nature and his sincerity & warmth won me over right away. A consummate naturalist and skilled wildlife photographer, Enrique has amassed one of the most…

What did the DSP ever do to Them?

One of the unique and most charismatic birds in South America, high if not top on any birders’ list of target species when they visit its range, is Phegornis mitchellii, long known as Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, or affectionately abbreviated as DSP. Its long and droop-tipped bill is unlike that of typical plovers, hence the compound sandpiper-plover, conveying a history of taxonomic uncertainty. Now, because it appears to be ‘simply’ an aberrant small plover, some authorities have castrated the name to Diademed Plover, or ‘just another’ plover, which DSP most certainly is not. But why stop there? I mean, everyone knows what…