Thursday, December 25, 2008

Birds in Belize

As I am sitting at home and doing nothing for Christmas and New Year, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane. Last year, we were in Belize around this time.....hiking and birding in the rain forests, swimming with sharks and stingrays (not kidding...real sharks and rays), snorkeling the Belize barrier reef, cave tubing on a Mayan river and ziplining from treetop to treetop like Tarzan. Oh....and the best of all - a warm flourless chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream!!

One of these days I will write a full post on this trip. Meanwhile here are some pretty pictures of birds. Unlike my Bhimashankar pictures, this is what you get when Saru is handling the camera.



Tropical King Bird (TK)


Cinnamon Becard


Common Road Hawk


Social Flycatcher


Vermillion Flycatcher


Fork Tailed Flycatcher


Northern Jacana


Bare Throated Tiger Heron


Jaiburu Stork


In case you are looking for pictures of that delicious mouthwatering chocolate lava cake, I am sorry I didn't take any. I was too busy drooling over it and then eating it:)

34 comments:

  1. Hey sorry i dont have your email so have to write here... i just replied to your query on my blog explorers.... check it out

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  2. wow...my favourites besides the hidden chocolate lava cake are pics 5 and 9..they are amazing..

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  3. Thanks hitch writer. I checked out your reply.

    Lakshmi,
    Those vermillion flycatchers were all over the place near the lodge where we were staying. They were a little hard to photograph because they kept moving all the time.

    Jabiru storks are supposed to be the largest bird in the new world. We kinda of got lucky with this sighting.

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  4. nice pics.......though im not a bied lover...but the pics have come out great!!!!!!....
    you have an interesting blog....and seem to love travelling as much as i do...!!
    will keep coming back.....

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  5. The vermillion flycatcher is the best. Amazing colors! It is now my desktop background

    Vam, you should post the ziplining pics too :)

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  6. These are amazing pictures! Over how many days did it take to get all these?

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  7. Amazing pics! I just wished you had clicked some of the chocolate cake as well. And I wonder why did I not notice other posts of your blog earlier. Let me go through them now...

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  8. Shooting Star,
    Thanks and do visit the site again.

    Kala,
    I will write a full post one of these days and then put up zipling and cave tubing pictures

    Shantanu,
    I think we saw and took these pictures in 2-3 days. I don't remember the number, but I think we saw 60+ species of birds.

    Ashes,
    Thanks. Ever since he read this post, my husband has been craving that flourless chocolate cake. I need to look for a recipe and bake that one of these days. Then I will definitely take a picture.

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  9. The red bird is amazing! Lovely pictures.

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  10. It is funny that I think people will like a certain picture and almost everybody points to a completely different one.
    My favorite picture is that of the Tropical king bird although I can see the appeal of the vermilion flycatcher.....great color and a naughty look. It almost looks like it took a dip in a bucket of vermilion.

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  11. Your Nature Photography is wonderful and colourful. May each moment be a vacation in a place you enjoy being.

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  12. bare throated heron pic is the best !!!!

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  13. Very beautiful pictures. You have an extensive blog, Will return to read more.

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  14. Hi Vamsee! How I would love to be in Belize now, but I'm just around the corner, travelling the blogosphere... Not bad, though! ;)
    Wish you a 2009 much better than we can anticipate and at least as better as if your dreams come true!
    Health, Peace, and… some money to spend… ;)
    As for Blogtrotter, it’s visiting the Red Fort in Delhi. Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

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  15. Stunning shots! The Bare Throated Tiger Heron is captured so well while in flight.

    Thank you for your visits to my blog. I wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2009 bring all the joy and happiness that you seek.

    - celine

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  16. I love the name of that Bare-throated tiger heron! We have vermillion flycatchers, fork-tailed flycatchers, tropical kingbirds and the social flycatcher here in AZ. I have also seen the Northern Jacuna in a town called Casa Grande. It comes to a pond on a golf course there every year. What a wonderful array of birds! And that dessert sounds so yummy!

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  17. hey i didn't know that all of these birds had different names.. the collection is really good

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  18. Wow other than the awesome bird pics...your first paragraph is so alluring..waiting forthe post on that... ;0

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  19. Hi all,
    Thanks for your comments. We took the picture of the bare throated heron while waiting for our boat at the Lamanai ruins near Belize city

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  20. The second last pic is the best. Looking forward to more of 'bird photography' posts.

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  21. Wow - fantastic bird pictures!

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  22. Do you know if the Social flycatcher the same bird that we refer to as the Great Kiskadee in South Texas? Or just a remarkable look-a-like?

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  23. Believe it's Gray-necked Wood Rail

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  24. You made a small mistake in the naming. Your Social Flycatcher is actually a Great Kiskadee and your Northern Jacana is a Gray-necked Wood-Rail (a lot more elusive a bird).

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  25. Cinnamon Becard is a female Summer Tanager

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  26. Hi,

    Looking so nice and beautiful. Belize is must for the professional or amateur bird-watcher and those into eco tourism. I really appreciate your work, keep it up.

    Belize Vacation

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  27. The 'social flycatcher' isn't one (rufous wings). I assume it's greater kiskadee.

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  28. Oh, nor is the 'northern jacana'. It's a rail I foget the name of (grey-necked rail?).

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  29. And the 'becard' looks more like a tanager.

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  30. Great pictures but I'm afraid you misidentified several species. Your Social Flycatcher is a Great Kiskadee (rufous wings). Your Cinnamon Becard is a Summer Tanager (huge bill). Your Northern Jacana is a Gray-necked Wood-rail.

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  31. Informative! I look forward to getting these. Thank you gus for this cognitive post.

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