Before we head back to Belize, this seemed as good a spot as any to share the photos of birds we saw in various spots in Mexico.  Although this was not a trip where we focused on birding, as some of our mainland Belize trips have been, we did bring our binoculars (of course!) and managed to see some beautiful birds.  Several species we'd already seen in Belize (or in the US), but we managed to snag a few new ones for our life lists.
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This may be the first time we've been able to see the red throat of the Plain Chackalaca
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Male Golden-Fronted Woodpecker peering out from among berries
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Well-camoflaged Ruddy Turnstone
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Blue-Crowned Mot Mot -- seen in Palenque site
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We were surprised to see Wood Thrushes in Palenque -- used to have them in our wooded yard in North Carolina!
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Ovenbird -- also sighted in Palenque (and we'd seen them in NC)
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Male Yellow-Throated Euphonia in Palenque site
The following birds were all seen in the beautiful Orquideas Moxviquil botanical garden, which we previously blogged about.  This was a real haven for hummingbirds, thrushes, and flycatchers especially.
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White-Eared Hummingbird (new for our life lists)
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Clay-Colored Robin
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Rufous-Collared Robin (new for our life lists)
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Male Magnificent Hummingbird (new for our life lists) -- a real beauty who lived up to his name
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Female Magnificent Hummingbird -- the white marking behind her eye makes it appear that she has a huge eye, but it is really just feathers!
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Female Magnificent Hummingbird
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Female Magnificent Hummingbird
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Buff-Breasted Flycatcher (new for our life lists)
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Our old favorites, Olive-Throated Parakeets
Stay tuned for our trip back home to Belize!
Mike and Vicki Smith
2/8/2013 12:49:34 pm

We are avid amateur birders. Have done some domestic trips in the USA. We have some good equipment for observing but have not done much photography to date. Please keep us posted on your adventures. Mike is a former NCSU Teacher/Technician @School of Design. Vicki is graphic designer.

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BeBelize Emily
2/8/2013 10:05:13 pm

Hi Mike and Vicki, our bird photography is not the best (we have a digital camera with 12x optical zoom but more would be much better), but we do enjoy observing and identifying birds. Such exotic ones here in Belize have made for many interesting birding outings. Mike, you may have known my father, Robert (Bob) Burns, who was a professor at the School of Design. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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2/9/2013 12:44:28 am

Great Bird shots Emily. What kind of camera do you use?

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BeBelize Emily
2/9/2013 01:24:43 am

Thanks Laurie! Barry takes all these photos with his 12x optical zoom Canon PowerShot SX200 IS. It's not the latest and greatest as it's a couple of years old, but it does the job fairly well in a small package so is easy to carry along. Would love a bit more optical zoom.

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LaurieMar
2/9/2013 11:17:50 pm

Wow, I have never seen a hummer that big! Nice shots.....currently planning a trip to Trinidad and Tobago. Heard Tobago has one of the largest rain forests in the Western Hemisphere. Hundreds of species of birds...Need to get myself a bird book. Looking forward to seeing them and trying to get some good shots!

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BeBelize
2/10/2013 01:12:44 am

That sounds wonderful, LaurieMar. We love seeing new birds in new places. Have seen so many different hummingbirds in both Belize and Mexico. Such fun after only seeing Ruby-Throated in the eastern US. Some have been very large and some tiny. Have a great trip!

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doug faulder
2/10/2013 04:20:03 am

Thanks for the bird photos, and for the whole blog, especially your Mexico trip. A lot of work I am sure. Lillian Stokes is raving about her new Canon SZ 50 HS point and shoot with super zoom, about $430. http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.ca

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BeBelize Emily
2/10/2013 06:47:37 am

Thanks Doug! I am glad you're enjoying the blog. I appreciate the pointer to the camera too. We have never spent that much on our cameras, but as much as Barry likes to photograph birds, it might be a worthy splurge.

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