Mass Audubon Tour: Birding
After leaving the Goldson
International Airport, our first stop was just
off the Northern Highway to view a Jabiru nest.
We birded our way to the
La Milpa Field Station (Programme for Belize,
Rio Bravo Conservation Management Area) in Orange Walk District.
Sightings there included:
Black Howler Monkey
Central America Spider Monkey
Black Orchid, the national flower of Belize
(Possibly) Polymorphic Robber Frog
We headed off from La
Milpa to the Lamanai Archeological Site,
because there were temples to climb and
birds to see, like this Black-headed Trogon,
and this Mangrove Swallow. Of course, it is not entirely about
there's this Brown Basilisk lizard for instance.
We left the Lamanai area
by boat down the New River - to see
Osprey (migrant ssp.),
and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.
We boarded our bus again
and headed off to Crooked Tree (staying
at the Birds Eye View Lodge) for waterbirds and more.
We saw Bare-throated Tiger-Heron,
female Snail Kite carrying an Apple Snail,
Apple Snail eggs,
egrets and Roseate Spoonbills,
lots of 'em,
(possibly the worst-ever photo of an) Agami Heron,
and lots of Neotropic Cormorants. Plus we saw
a young Green Iguana and
a Vermilion Flycatcher.
From Crooked Tree, we
headed off to the Cayo District
and DuPlooy's Jungle Lodge. They have great fruit feeders, with
Blue-crowned Motmots (in the very early morning),
(very high ISO photos)
and Brown Jays. Sometimes the light is a bit better
for the Collared Aracari,
and Clay-colored Thrush.
In the evening, there
is a family of
Kinkajous that come in to dine.
Of course, there are lots
of other sights to see here, including
bats (maybe Lesser Dog-like Bat),
really weird flowers (Duck Flower?),
and groups of birders....
DuPlooy's is also the
home of the Belize Botanical Garden, which is very
nice, good for birding, and well labeled.
We did a day trip to the
Mountain Pine Ridge, and saw
the 1000-Foot Falls (really 1600') and the resident
Orange-breasted Falcon (second shot digiscoped),
Black Vultures from above,
the Rio Frio Cave,
"Best Bug" larva,
and Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.
Another jaunt in Cayo
involved the Xunantunich Archeological Site:
In the surrounding area,
Northern Royal Flycatcher and
Elsewhere in Cayo, we
White-tailed Kite, and
We left the western part
of the country and motored down the
Hummingbird Highway toward the mid-coast. Along the way we
stopped and birded at the Blue Hole National Park, where we saw
Red-throated Ant-Tanager - male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female),
and an Orange-billed Sparrow.
We arrived in our next
location, Dangriga (Stann Creek District) and
settled into the Pelican Beach Resort. We made a day trip to the
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (Jaguar Preserve)
where we saw:
including one tending to the three eggs in this nest,
goofy leaders Dave and Nathan,
other nuts like this cashew,
and yes, more Red-throated Ant-Tanagers. Last year, this same
had a Gray Catbird on it.
Another morning trip lead
us to the small village of Red Bank, in search of
Scarlet Macaws. We also had,
Blue-black Grassquits, and other birds.
We spent a day offshore,
first visiting Man-O-War Caye to see
Magnificent Frigatebirds, which were
nesting (cute, well maybe), and
Double-crested Cormorants. Lots of birds,
not much space. Awesome smell!
We headed off to South
Water Caye for snorkeling and a little birding.
Osprey (resident ssp.)
Hanging out on a cayelet
Back on the mainland,
here are some of the sights in the vicinity
of the Pelican Beach Resort.
and it is banded (but unreadable)
Common Tody Flycatcher
Cinnamon Hummingbird on nest
Horse, Cattle Egret, and commentary
and the famous golden slime mold (or whatever it was).
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