We added quite a few birds to our life lists on our recent trip to San Ignacio and the Cayo District of Belize.  We also saw many we'd seen before.  It is hard to get decent bird photos with a 12x zoom, but here are the ones worth sharing.  If anyone disagrees with any of our identifications, please let us know in the comment section below -- thanks!

At Cahal Pech

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Yellow-Winged Tanager
We saw both male and female Rose-Throated Becards numerous times as they were adding onto their interesting round nest in a tall tree.  Both birds would fly into the woods, then come back with nesting material to add to the top of the nest.  The nest hole is in the side.  We didn't get a photo of the male, unfortunately, but this photo of the female that Barry took is the clearest bird photo of any he took, I think.
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Rose-Throated Becard (female)
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Female on the nest
Here I am watching the nest-building.  We watched for quite awhile until it appeared that the pair were not going to come back for awhile.
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Summer Tanager
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Tropical Pewee
It was too hard to choose just one photo of the exotic Blue-Crowned Mot Mot because he hung out in the tree posing for us for so long, so I've included several different shots of him here.
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Blue-Crowned Mot Mot
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Yellow-Throated Vireo
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Dusky-Capped Flycatcher
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Black & White Warbler
Other sightings (no photos):  Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird, Bright-Rumped Attila, Black-Throated Green Warbler, American Redstart, woodpeckers, kiskadees

At El Pilar

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Great Crested Flycatcher
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Yellow-Throated Euphonia
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Brown Jay
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Black-Headed Trogan
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Black-Crowned Tityra
Other sightings with no photos:  Swallow-Tailed Kite, Magnolia Warbler, Indigo or Blue Buntings (or both), Toucan, King Vulture, Cattle Egrets, Chestnut-Headed Oropendolas (possibly)

Near Roaring Creek/ATM Cave

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White Hawk
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Green Kingfisher
Ruthie
4/5/2012 08:20:56 am

Wow, a white hawk...never even heard of it!

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paula
4/5/2012 02:47:56 pm

BeeeeeeeeaUtiful shots! My favs are the Rose-Throated Becard and the White Hawk is amazing!!!

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BeBelize Emily
4/6/2012 12:15:02 am

Our ATM cave guide, Gonzo, pointed out the White Hawk to us as we were leaving the area. He was up way high on a tree limb. We had never heard of such a thing either, but sure enough, he was in our bird book. Very cool bird!

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