Belize & Guatemala December 2014

MNA Belize Toucan Art2

Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus, the National Bird of Belize

Just returned from a couple of hectic weeks in Central America visiting Belize with a couple of days in Guatemala. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting a number of wildlife areas including Crooked Tree, Cockscomb Basin, Belize Botanic Gardens, the coral island of Cauye Caulker aswell as indulging in a bit of culture seeing a variety of Mayan archaeological sites. Despite being the dry season the weather was disapointingly wet for most of the time. Nevertheless there was some great birding, 90 lifers for me! including such gems as Ornate Hawk-Eagle; Bat Falcon; Orange-breasted Falcon; King Vulture; Crested Guan; Ocellated Turkey; Purple-crowned Fairy;  Slaty-tailed, Black-tailed and Gartered Trogon etc…

Also plenty of other Natural History with Amphibians, Insects, Bugs, Marine Life, Fungi and Flowers to keep my lens busy. Even managed a couple of ‘Corpse Of The Day’ 🙂

MNA Belize Blue Heron1

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

MNA Belize Brown Pelican1

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

MNA Belize Neoptropical Cormorant2

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

MNA Belize Creole Lady Mangrove Snapper1

Creole Lady who caught this Mangrove Snapper Lutjanus griseus on a handline

MNA Belize Spiny Lobsters1Caribbean Spiny Lobster Panulinus argus

MNA Belize Ruddy Turnstone1

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres – no Mersey molluscs for these Turnstones, only the finest dining on Lobster remains

MNA Belize Butterfly1

Hairstreak Butterfly

MNA Belize Mexican Blue Wave Moth1

Black Witch Moth Ascalapha odorata

MNA Belize Cane Toad1

Cane Toad Rhinella marina

MNA Belize Rainforest Toad1

Rainforest Toad Bufo cambelli

MNA Belize Rock Iguana1

Black Spiny-tailed Iguana Ctenosaura similis

MNA Belize Dragonfly1


MNA Belize Ruddy Woodcreeper1

Ruddy Woodcreeper Dendrocincla homochroa

MNA Belize Ocellated Turkey1

Ocellated Turkey Meleagris ocellata

Small Belize Cinnamon Hummingbird1

Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila

Small Belize Laughing Gull1

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

MNA Belize Peanut Headed Bug1

Peanut-headed Bug Fulgora laternaria

MNA Belize Jaguar1

Jaguar Panthera onca

MNA Belize Howler Monkey1

Yucatan Black Howler Monkey Alouatta pigra

MNA Belize Tapir1

Baird’s Tapir Tapirus bairdii

MNA Belize Fungi1

MNA Belize Fungi2

MNA Belize Fungi4Various Fungi

MNA Belize Paca Skull1

Paca Agouti paca Skull

MNA Belize Cow Foot Soup1

One of the local specialities Cow’s Foot Soup, yum!

If you are interested in the wildlife of the north-west of England and would like to join the walks and coach trips run by the Merseyside Naturalists’ Association, see the main MNA website for details of our programme and how to join us.

A wide photographic selection of birds, marine life, insects, mammals, orchids & wildflowers, fungi, tribal people, travel, ethnography, fossils, hominids, rocks & minerals etc. is available on my Alamy webpage

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