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By: birdofprey (offline) on Monday, April 11 2011 @ 01:28 AM EDT  
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I look forward to seeing your Hawaiian photos, Kay! Smile


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By: elle (offline) on Monday, May 09 2011 @ 12:13 PM EDT  
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Back from Belize, Central America where we saw lots of amazing wildlife and many, many tropical birds and fish, too. Some critically endangered indigenous species can now only be seen in the wonderful world renowned Belize rehab/zoo where the focus is on education. Breeding programs are under way to help reintroduce species such as jaguars, tapirs, harpy eagles, and King vultures to the wild and to protected wildlife sanctuaries. We were very fortunate to also see a plethora of creatures in nature, too, both on land and snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea. Will post some pix and videos here ASAP.


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By: elle (offline) on Monday, May 09 2011 @ 12:55 PM EDT  
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Here is a preview of many more pix and videos of birds and other wildlife in Belize. This is a
Collared Aracari otherwise known as a toucan. Whatever he is called, he is a fabulous creature to behold, especially in flight as the head and beak are so large compared to the body. He came to join us having brekkie on the patio of a posh hotel in San Ignacio that overlooks the unspoiled forest stretching west into Guatemala. We were told this was the place to see birds in the wild and it certainly was. They have a blackboard with all the names of birds sighted there ( 40 some odd so far) and they provide the patrons with binoculars and a bird book! Needless to say we didn't stay at this hotel but we were told this is where Queen Elizabeth stayed when she visited Belize. We saw at least 12 different species in the hour or so we were there.

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By: elle (offline) on Monday, May 09 2011 @ 01:25 PM EDT  
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By: elle (offline) on Monday, May 09 2011 @ 01:26 PM EDT  
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And a Keel-billed Toucan. It is also known as the Belizean Bill Bird and is the National Bird of Belize. What an awesome creature. It was very exciting to actually see one of these in nature. Many of the locals said they had never seen one so we felt very fortunate, indeed. You have to get up early and know where to go to see them and it was well worth the early rise.
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By: elle (offline) on Tuesday, May 10 2011 @ 12:53 PM EDT  
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And now for monkey business.

These Howler Monkeys live at the Belize Zoo but they are free to come and go as they please as they are not enclosed. They choose to stay where the easy food source is. Why not? It is not a zoo like any other I have ever visited. It is mostly completely natural. Anyway I am so glad we saw and heard these creatures as their vocalisation is eerie and creepy and not what we expected at all. If I had heard that during the night when we were staying in the middle of the forest in our screened in cabana I would have been more than a bit frightened.
Unfortunately the day we were at the zoo was a day the locals decided to slash burn and it was smokey and grey as a result, so the pictures aren't as clear as I would have liked. It is absolutely terrifying that they slash burn at the edge of the forest in such hot and dry weather, but they do it all the time!
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And a video of them " doing their thing" . The Harpy Eagle ( yet to come) can easily take down one of these monkeys. Wow!
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By: elle (offline) on Wednesday, May 11 2011 @ 11:40 AM EDT  
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Here's a Red-Lored Parrot photographed from my fairly isolated cabana at the Belize Tropical Education Centre in the forest across the road from the Belize Zoo. We stayed there for 2 glorious days and nights of sights and sounds of various wildlife. Birds and lizards galore as well as agouti and crocodiles. The early morning cacophony of the Chachalacas and Parrots will not soon be forgotten.
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By: elle (offline) on Wednesday, May 11 2011 @ 03:01 PM EDT  
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Here are a couple of recordings of bird " song" in the early morning at our forest cabana at the Tropical Education Centre. Well....some of it is melodious anyway. Can anyone tell me what bird is singing the lovely whistling tune? The loud guys are Plain Chachalacas.
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