We always enjoy seeing new birds whenever we go anywhere outdoors, and we knew we'd probably have the opportunity to add to our life lists on this trip to Lamanai. Sure enough, we did. In fact, both of us went over 200 species on our lists on this trip. Not a huge number to experienced birders, but we are happy with it. Unfortunately, we were unable to capture photos of all of them, but Barry got most. Isidro, our tour guide, carried a bird book with him and did a great job identifying the birds we saw -- much better than we could have done on our own.
I had my most exciting siting of the day when I saw a Keel-Billed Toucan, the national bird of Belize, way up in the trees of Lamanai park, in my binoculars. Very few others in our group were able to see him, even Isidro, as he was up very high, and he flew away quickly. Barry caught a glimpse of him flying away. He was just as exotic and colorful as any pictures of toucans I've seen. Awesome!
Here are the new birds we saw along the way, either alongside the New River or at Lamanai park itself, and added to our life lists:
Male Snail Kite
Female Snail Kite
Ruddy Ground Dove
(No photos): Neo-Tropic Cormorant, Ringed Kingfisher (and Keel-Billed Toucan, mentioned above).