14th-18th March 2014
Crooked Tree Lodge, Belize
After my stay at La Milpa, I headed back to Crooked Tree. This time I stayed in the north of the sanctuary at Crooked Tree Lodge and explored the surrounding area by foot, boat and kayak.
The highlight of my stay here was a pair of Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupines that were spending the day in the backyard of one of the workmen at the lodge who very generously took me over to his house to see them.
The pond at the lodge has a resident crocodile who spends most of the day lurking on a platform in the middle of the water.
Around the edges of the pond, Bare-faced Tiger-herons, Grey-necked Wood-rails and shorebirds were regularly seen, especially in the early mornings.
Ringed Kingfishers were quite quarrelsome here and seemed to spend a considerable amount of time chasing each other around the property.
A muddy pool in a shady area at the base of some trees on the edge of the property was a favoured spot for warblers to come down for a bath and I spent several afternoons just quietly sitting by the pool waiting on the next bird to arrive. On one day I saw a total of 11 species coming down to drink and bathe in the water, the best of which was a beautiful Worm-eating Warbler!
Lesser Greenlets, a warbler-like member of the vireo family, also occasionally came down to bathe...
Common birds regularly seen around the cabanas included House Wren, Tropical Mockingbird and Great-tailed Grackle.
Both Striped Basilisk and Black Iguana were also common...
With absolutely no light pollution, the full moon appeared incredibly bright and easily provided enough light to walk around safely by without the aid of a flashlight.
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