Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Honduras 3: more birds – and mammals

Violet-crowned Woodnymph, one of many jewel-like hummingbird species in Honduras.
The stunning Turquoise-browed Motmot. Keel-billed and Blue-diademed (now split from Blue-crowned) were also seen, and a lucky few also heard Tody Motmot.
We may have only had five days in the field, but it felt like a lot longer – in a good way. Starting at dawn, working and birding throughout until dusk fell, and sometimes continuing into late evening with spotlights, it was one of those trips which seemed to run at a relentless but enjoyable pace.

Male Yellow-eared Toucanet, a very localised species which we were fortunate to encounter.
Great Potoo at its daytime roost in the grounds of The Lodge at Pico Bonito - an extraordinary bird.
In previous posts I gave an overview of why we were in Honduras, the country’s birds and a few of the interesting taxonomic points which visiting birders should bear in mind. Here I’ll close off coverage of the trip with some more images of birds plus some of the mammals and other wildlife we encountered along the way.

Mantled Howler Monkey - they sound far more fearsome than they look.
A great find by Jeff Bouton when we were out spotlighting one night at Pico Bonito: Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine.
On view in an adjacent tree to the porcupine was this Central American Woolly Opossum.
This is really just a taster, and if you’d like more I suggest you check out the links below of some of my fellow travellers. There’s also an album of largely different material on my Facebook page. Thanks for reading, and please feel free to share.

This Kinkajou curled up and went to sleep before I could grab a photo of it peering down at us.
Proboscis Bat. Several bat species seen included one which fed at the lodge's hummingbird feeders at night.
I visited Honduras courtesy of Leica Sports Optics to attend the world launch of its new Trinovid binocular range. Many thanks to Jeff Bouton of Leica, and to fellow participants Nina Cheney (Eagle Optics), Ed Hutchings, Laura Kammermeier (Nature Travel Network), David La Puma (Cape May Bird Observatory), Jonathan Meyrav (Champions of the Flyway/IOC Tourism), Rob Ripma (Sabrewing Nature Tours), Nate Swick (American Birding Association) and Drew Weber (Nemesis Bird). Thanks also to all at The Lodge at Pico Bonito, especially James Adams and our guide Elmer Escoto, for supporting this visit.

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