With huge tracts of protected forest and jungle and more than 400 species of birds that either live in or pass through these areas it’s almost impossible not to turn into a bird watcher while you’re traveling in Belize.
During our nearly three months in Belize we saw hundreds of species we’d never seen before in stunning natural places like Chan Chich Lodge and La Milpa Field Station in the vast Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area. That’s where we met guide and naturalist Vladimir and dubbed him the bird ninja. Then there’s Lamanai Outpost Lodge and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Some birds simply appeared by the side of the road.
We saw the flashy colors of trogans and aracaris and the shimmery, orange-dotted get-up of the ocellated turkey. We learned to recognize the frog-like call of the toucan, marveled at the near-perfect camouflage of the great potoo (which still looks just like a tree limb even after you know it’s there) and tried and tried and tried to see a harpy eagle in the wild.
A few of our favorite birds of Belize
Here’s more about travel in Belize
Great photos! I have recently gotten into bird watching and am planning on writing an article on the birds of New Zealand they have some evolutionary unique ones down here!
I don’t have the patience for bird-watching, but I like to see photos from other people who do have the patience :-)
I don’t have the patience, either, though my grandmother does, and I wish I had inherited it!
Gorgeous photos :) My favorite is the northern jacana!
Great post. Found it via Stumble. Liked.
Really liked the Frigatebird and Boat-billed heron photos.
Thanks Glen. Lot’s more birds around the site, especially like the somewhat recent quetzal and hummingbird photos we’ve put up. Check out the ‘birds’ category to find them all easily.
Beautiful! That ocellated turkey is something else – imagine him for Christmas dinner!