Roni is a bit of a hero to many…he is not only part of the Audubon Society but he is the Director of the Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team protecting one of Belize’s most gorgeous animals. The scarlet macaw.
Check out his facebook page (linked above) for photos like this. Almost unreal photos of these birds in the wild.
I mean…HOLY CRAP.
Almost grown chicks in Roni and his teams care…wow.
Protecting these animals, these national resources, in vast areas of unguarded jungle from poachers and predators.
I have been wanting to meet Roni for some time and this urban bird watch was not only a great way to link up with him but…OH WHAT A GLORIOUS MORNING. As of 2 hours into the 3 hour tour, we had spotted 22 birds. I spent much of my time mooning over the gorgeous scenery. Here is some of what I saw…
I saw a gorgeous johnny cake from Celi’s Deli. Warm and cheesy.
And the sunrise…
I was the ONLY one without binoculars…apparently gear is needed for bird watching!
The group gathered…folks from San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Cayo. 6am!
And we headed north along the beach.
I mean WHAT A MORNING. A heron perched on a post.
The new hostel at Sandbar is almost there…
We saw a cinnamon hummingbird and a Merlin.
I’m a fan of the big water birds. A blue heron.
Kids cleaning fish brought in some more birds…
We crossed the bridge to almost a secret little bird oasis.
I spotted birders!
And this handsome boy squatting in the mangroves.
And a quick shadow selfie as I headed back over the bridge and started home…a cup of pumpkin spice coffee and a nap in mind…
Thank you SO much Roni for the tour. And for pointing out things that I see every day but don’t notice. Like the difference between the male and female frigate bird.
Clearly NOT my photo.
And for getting me up early on this gorgeous morning.
BIRD NERDS RULE!