Since we posted the bird pics of the Social Toucanettes eating last week, we decided to try our hand at some video. I was watering the garden in the afternoon and the birds flew so close to my head I could hear their wings. They were hungry! You can hear me sneaking off to turn the water off 30 seconds into the vid…I’m not sure they even cared.
This morning guests at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge got a surprise when this younger Collared Aracari accidentally crashed into the Rasta cabana window. We guess he/she wanted to see how nice the room was…there are easier ways to get a tour!
Lucky for birders and wildlife lovers, this beautiful bird gathered itself with the help of it’s 3 lovely assistants, and flew away uninjured after these pictures were taken.
This bird must have really wanted to get some face time on the internet so we are happy to facilitate. Aracari are pretty easy to see flying in groups around the hotel, especially now when the papayas are ripe…but never this easy! Learn more about seeing the many birds of Belize while staying at Lower Dover by clicking here. More about the Aracari can be learned from this past story from our blog. Some other great photos of the Aracari taken at Lower Dover can be seen here.
While on our day tour to the Belize Zoo from Lower Dover Jungle Lodge we noticed something. There were just as many animals outside the cages as inside! The Belize Zoo is located in native habitat to many of these birds and other various small mammals, so it is not uncommon to get a few unexpected wildlife photographs on your trip.
In this case, we saw both the male and female Russet Antshrike. We found it difficult to identify this bird species. The red eyes helped. So did the bill. In the end we settled with Russet Antshrike given the similarities between sexes as noted by Birds of Belize, by H. Lee Jones.
Birding has been great at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge lately. The Wild Grape trees that line our jungle hotel grounds are prime habitat for all kinds of birds, especially when the trees are fruiting. Recently, two birds stopped by to eat it’s seeds while we were bird watching on the 100 jungle acres in Belize.
The olive and yellow bird is a female White-Collared Manakin. The other bird is one of two subspecies of Yellow-Throated Warblers found in Belize, Dendroica dominica. We know these birds in the picture are not the same species because of their different shaped bills.
H. Lee Jones describes the female White-Collared Manakin as olive with a yellowish body in his book, Birds of Belize. Jones helps birders differentiate the male Yellow Throated Warbler between subspecies by noting the yellow fore-half of the supercilium of the subspecies seen. The other subspecies, Dendroica albilora is without yellow on the supercilium (above the eye).
Click on the image above for a close up to see the yellow over the Warbler’s eye.