Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bunch of birds from Belize

So we went to Belize in the rainy season and it hardly rained! The birding was not as good as it would be in winter and the bugs had not read the script but we did ok. If you are not sure where Belize is I suggest you go back to High School and finish your education.

Our first five nights were at Chan Chich, just Google it to see what it is like. Lots of birds, good food, start saving!

Our second base was Bird's Eye Lodge at Crooked Tree. It was ok but I can't get as excited about Crooked Tree as some.

The highlights of the trip were mainly birds, especially Great Curassow, Crested Guan, Ocellated Turkey and Tody Motmot. We also enjoyed just being back in the tropics, the sounds, smells and landscape, but not the biting bugs.

Our trip total was 201 with 45 new species, we also had a good haul of animals, perhaps the highlight of which was flushing a Puma about 40-45 feet away at Chan Chich.

Anyway, enjoy the photos.

Male Vermillion Flycatcher

Tody Motmot, the tail ticks from side to side almost continuously.

Two hawks, Short-tailed Hawk above, Snail Kite below.

Short-billed Pigeon in need of enlargement perhaps.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, owner of all hummingbird feeders.

A Roadside Hawk in habitat.

Plain Chachalacas but something's got to be.

A Pale-billed Woodpecker destroying another tree.

A Common Paraque pretending to be gravel.

Ocellated Turkey although I can't remember which bit Oscillates.

Norther Jacana, try getting sandals for those feet!

Mangrove Swallow.

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture dreaming of great things.

Limpkin, which bit is the kin?

Tropical Kingbirds although Couch's Kingbirds from another angle.

Ivory-billed Woodcreeper below.

Below: Grey-necked Wood-rail skulking.

Grey Hawk.

Ferruginous Pygmy-owl with ex-friend.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher.

Crested Guan below, looking inconspicuous.

Collared Aracari pron: Ar-ass-ari

Clay-coloured Robin, pron: boring!

Bat Falcon. Who would think that there would be enough of this little bird to make a Cricket bat out of.

Boat-billed Heron showing its good side.

Violaceous Trogons below.

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron.

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Black-collared Hawk.

Acorn Woodpecker, as close to looking like a flying penguin as it is possible to be.

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