9th - 14th April 2014
Ambergris Caye, Belize
I didn't have a particularly productive week on the Cayes, although I did see many coastal and pelagic species that I hadn't seen at any of the other places I'd visited in Belize. The most co-operative of these were the Brown Pelicans that could be found perched on jetties and mooring posts or fishing just offshore.
This pair of immature birds were indulging in a spot of synchronised diving in the beautiful late afternoon light...
The vast majority of the Brown Pelicans present were immature birds, as all the adults had left to go to their breeding sites.
In the less populated far south of the island, I found a pair of nesting Wilson's Plovers.
Black Catbirds are abundant on Ambergris Caye and could be found in practically every small clump of bushes.
A Common Black-hawk had a favourite perch just at the back of the hotel I was staying at and could be found there most mornings just after dawn before the other tourists and hotel staff were up and about.
Migrating warblers were not particularly numerous but Tennessee Warblers were fairly common with several flocks containg over a dozen birds being seen on several occasions.
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)
Black Iguanas were abundant along the beachfront and they were particularly conspicuous in the early mornings when they were basking in the sun on prominent rocks.
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