I walked near the edge of this river as it plummeted into the Earth below. It was extremely dangerous. I wondered if anyone had slipped and met their fates in this dark powerful black hole. While the river was swallowed into nothingness, hundreds of swifts flew in and out of the caverns below. I had to ID these birds as they were not ones I had seen before. I slowly neared the edge and morbidly thought about what death would be like in the great massive abyss below. There are miles of undiscovered wet caves that still hold ancient Mayan secrets. Once I had my ID shot, I
quickly left the area.
One foot in front of the other. Always slowly and never quickly.....that's when mistakes happen.
I couldn't believe how many swifts we had seen. Here is the shot that allowed me to ID them. I magnified it and was able to determine that we were witnessing White-collared Swifts in the hundreds!
The worst part about exploration is the thought of returning back home after an exhausting hike. People say we should find the little joys amid the chaos. We did.
|Jesus Christ lizard|
Muscovy Duck 2-lifebird
Black Vulture 2
Swallow-tailed Kite 1-lifebird
Common Black-Hawk (Common) 1
Common Pauraque 3-lifebird
White-collared Swift 300 -lifebird
Royal Flycatcher 1-lifebird
Black Phoebe 1
Clay-colored Thrush 3
Yellow-winged Tanager 1
Melodious Blackbird 8
Great-tailed Grackle 5
Chestnut-headed Oropendola 2-lifebird
Montezuma Oropendola 50
Yellow-throated Euphonia 2-lifebird