Here are photos of many of the birds we saw on our recent trip to Hopkins. Most of these birds we saw while hiking in Bocawina Mayflower National Park or Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, but a few we sighted right near the place we stayed, Beaches and Dreams, technically in False Sittee Point, just south of Hopkins Village. We added quite a few new birds to our life lists and only wish we could have identified all the birds we saw and/or heard. Some we only got a fleeting glance of and not even a photo.
We are fairly confident of all the identifications below, but if you disagree, please let us know in the comments section -- we are certainly not infallible!
Note: New birds for our life lists are identified with an asterisk (*).
American Pygmy Kingfisher * (we saw a pair hanging out by the water for a good long time -- so pretty!)
Black-Headed Trogan (love his blue eye!)
Crested Guan* (these are HUGE -- we saw a lot of them)
Groove-Billed Ani (think this funny fellow was a juvenile)
Another view of the Ani -- couldn't pick just one
House Wren with a yummy morsel -- s/he was jumping all over the place at our inn
Long-Billed Hermit* (not the best photo but got great looks through the binoculars -- neat bird)
Flock of Olive-Throated Parakeets
Had to include this photo of the Parakeet taking flight with wide-open beak!
Pale-Billed Woodpecker* (not a great resolution photo, but a thrill to see)
Pale-Billed Woodpecker yet again -- loved this photo so wanted to include it
Pale-Vented Pigeon* (not exciting, but one for our life lists!)
Plain Chachalaca with young
Red-Throated Ant Tanager*
Red-Throated Ant Tanager* (female)
Red Throated Ant Tanager* male (another specimen)
Violaceous Trogan* singing brightly
We saw other species we were unable to identify or get photos of, as they moved away too quickly. We missed getting photos of the White-Breasted Wood Wren*
, but we did identify it for our life lists with binoculars and our Birds of Belize
The following photos are obviously not birds, but we thought they were particularly interesting:
Find the huge Damselfly
I thought the photos that Barry took of this interesting fly were particularly attractive -- and I'm certainly no fan of flies!