|Northern Bobwhite hanging out in some of my favorite kinds of plants...Agaves and Mother-In-Laws Tongue(or at least a variety of it)|
The minute we arrived into this area, my heart began to beat quickly. Was that a Northern Bobwhite I heard?!!! I scrambled out of the van and was astounded by several of these ground birds casually singing out in the open. This was a bird I thought I would never see and yet here, this "black headed" subspecies hung out singing its' "BOBWHITE!" song. Things were already looking pretty good. So many birds were calling from different areas that I didn't know where to begin.
Martin was with us again on the trip and we set out to explore this AMAZING place! I really liked hanging out with this guy. Both of us had the same ideas about where we should focus our attentions. My life bird at 600 was the Green Parakeet and I still didn't have any decent photo documentation. But here in the sinkhole, I had an opportunity to see several thousand of them! Their voices echoed from within the rock walls.
|The Elf, Microtia elva|
I ran up the stairs and stood at the edge looking down. It was something special.
|"Sinkhole of Parrots"|
|A little abstract bird art. I was feeling a bit creative in this magical location|
I felt guilty so I returned back to the van and checked up on our fallen. Two were feeling better, but the other was out stone cold. Please let him be sleeping.
|Holcosus chaitzami, Taxa Teiidae, Sauria or common name Chaitzam's Ameiva/Not much is known about this lizard|
I could not afford to get sick. These last two days were my biggest days yet. I had never birded the Pacific lowland habitat and it was the single biggest highlight for me besides this trek to El Ocote. So I'm already organizing a future trek to these areas again with a trip to Palenque and Belize in mind. As for the sick? Well I'm happy to report that everyone is feeling better again. Stay tuned for more....