Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A little bit of film from Belize

Just back from 10 days in Belize, the tiny country in Central America which used to be British Honduras.

We spent five nights at Chan Chich Lodge then five more at Bird's Eye View Lodge. Both sites were very different and had a different suite of birds. We also travelled out from the latter site a bit, seeing just over 200 species. June is a month when not many birders visit Belize, it being the wet season, but we had very hot days of sunshine with rain at night only a couple of times. Visits in winter usually produce 250+ species as the local populations are bolstered by our summer birds.

The four species in the video are Pale-billed Woodpecker, the nearest thing left that equates to a (visible) Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Tody Motmot, an enigmatic little species that is a Chan Chich speciality. The third species is Acorn Woodpecker and the fourth a young Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl waiting for the adult to return with food while panting in the heat and haing the same mosquito problems we were having.

As I work through the photos I'll post a few more.

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