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A Full Day Indeed

July 23, 2014

July 22, 2014

group in Burrell Boom

Ten p.m. It’s dark, and the night sounds of crickets are competing with the repetitive whirr of the oscillating fan,s which are helping keep our rooms quite pleasant. We are exhausted, which is reasonable considering our travel began at 5 a.m., and with the time change in Belize, it is really midnight to our bodies. Yet our minds are racing with excitement over the marvels we have seen so far in Belize.

We’ve learned a little about the history of Belize. We stopped in the village of Burrell Boom and saw the “boom,” or chain, which held back the mahogany logs when they were being harvested and transported by river downstream before being loaded onto boats.

At the Community Baboon Sanctuary we had an introduction to many medicinal plants, including the plant which is supposed to help cure warts. Chris volunteered to be an experimental subject.

wart

Ron was the willing subject for having the pattern of the tattoo fern transferred onto his skin by its spores.

tattoo fern

We found a Paraque nest and saw the solitary egg laid on what appeared to be a simple patch of ground.

paraque egg

We felt the soft leaves of one of the melostomes, and saw a Green-breasted Mango on her nest.

Green-breasted Mango hummingbird on nest

We also watched a troop of five black Howler Monkeys scamper through the forest. The dominant male vocalized with his loud grunting howls which reverberated in our chests. A youngster entertained us with his antics while his mother came fairly close to us in search of fruits on the tree nearby.

monkey

DuPlooys Lodge is a paradise. After our delicious dinner we went for a short hike walk, and spotted several interesting insects and a fishing bat.

looking at mantis

We also found an Owl Butterfly, with a large eyespot on its underwings and a beautiful blue and yellow pattern on top.

Owl Butterfly

So happy, but exhausted, we are climbing into our beds and looking forward to coffee and birdwatching at sunrise tomorrow.

 

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott Zimmerman permalink
    July 23, 2014 8:46 am

    The true value of “experience” is not about what you’ve been told, but what you’ve lived! Enjoy…

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2014 12:55 pm

      We’re living the dream! (from Lori)

      • Scott Zimmerman permalink
        July 24, 2014 8:11 pm

        Keep the photos coming!!!

  2. Kate Wernersbach permalink
    July 23, 2014 10:45 am

    So excited for this year’s group! Did you see a kinkajou at DuPlooy’s yet? I learned about their prehensile tail when I was there (which I later incorrectly identified as a “reprehensible” tail, lol! – hey I was close). Have you learned any other interesting facts? Have you seen any other interesting wildlife while at DuPlooy’s?

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2014 12:54 pm

      We have seen lots of wonderful wildlife including an agouti at duPlooys and a Paca in the cave! We found tracks from a Jaguarundi, a tapir and a native turkey! We hope to see the kinkajou tonight!

  3. July 23, 2014 10:46 am

    Enjoy every moment of paradise! You all are going to have a wonderful trip!

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2014 12:52 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Everyone is having a fabulous time. We have seen lots of beautiful birds and gorgeous flowers. The group was treated to Marimba music last night and most everyone danced!

  4. Kathy Castor permalink
    July 23, 2014 11:17 am

    This sounds so fantastic! You’re only hours into the adventure and already seen and heard more than one might experience in a lifetime! Susie and all of you are so fortunate. Keep writing!

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2014 12:43 pm

      thanks for following our blog. Wish you could be hear. You could add many birds to your life list! The cicadas are so loud that my roommate thought our neighbors had two fans running and was jealous… then found out it was bugs calling

  5. Mr. Brown permalink
    July 23, 2014 5:45 pm

    Hi! Looks like good times! Must be nice! You all be safe.

  6. Mr. Purple permalink
    July 23, 2014 6:05 pm

    Hello! Is everyone having a good time? I mistook that butterfly for a snakes head coming out of the trees! Well, I hope to hear back!

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2014 12:41 pm

      Mr. Purple (?) The reason it looks that way is to blend in and is to keep it safe from its predators. Last night we saw a moth that looks like lichen. Wait until you see the pictures!

  7. Ashley Johnson permalink
    July 23, 2014 6:12 pm

    Great bird (and egg) sightings!

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2014 6:02 am

      Thanks Ashley! We’ve seen some other great birds but haven’t been able to get photos up yet.

  8. Belle permalink
    July 23, 2014 6:13 pm

    I’m so envious! It’s amazing that you’ve all found such a wide diversity of creatures and life
    in only one day! You guys will probably have no difficulties at all, but have fun! ;D

    • lizbaird permalink
      July 24, 2014 12:47 pm

      The reason we such diversity is because Belize is located in the tropics and they don’t have a winter – a diapause – which means that it doesn’t have a time when plants stop growing. Therefore the wildlife that feeds on the plants cant continue to produce offspring.

  9. Mr. Purple permalink
    July 25, 2014 9:13 am

    How’s the trip so far? Did you go snorkeling yet?

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