We got to the top of Nibb’s Knob in Uvas Canyon County Park! In a somewhat cruel twist, you do not get a view at 2800 ft after a 3.6 mile hike, but we had plenty of views on the way up and back down. And I think rocks are pretty.
I do a weekly herp survey at one of my local state parks and what a day of herps it was! We got a red-legged frog and San Francisco Garters, both protected species, and Coast Garters, rubber boa, which I had never seen before, slender salamander, rough-skinned newt, arboreal salamander, and some alligator lizards. I took photos of a few of them. 🙂
Well, I would first like to apologize for my hiatus! My computer has been out of service since I returned from Belize and I just got it back two hours ago. Yay computer! I do have a few photos of the Cockscomb Nature Preserve that I haven’t put in a post yet. This place is a jaguar preserve and besides that is also gorgeous. I saw so many fantastic views and fantastic animals, including an Agami heron, which I was not able to capture in a photo, a boat-billed heron, ringed kingfisher, a neotropical river otter, and various species of frogs which I also did not get to photograph unfortunately. I also got to see amazing views of the park. This was definitely one of the most memorable parts of my time in Belize.
I was lucky enough to join Belize Raptor Research’s Raptor Tour for the last days of the trip this year. This Raptor Tour is a fundraising event where raptor, and bird, enthusiasts get a tour of Belize and the amazing species found in the country. This year’s tour included aplomado falcons, jabiru storks, a pygmy kingfisher, a tapir (!), ornate hawk eagle (!!!), the list goes on! I got a few of my own target species, including ornate hawk eagle, white hawk and bat falcon. I also met some AMAZING birders, and amazing people. 🙂
In case you didn’t know, I am currently doing research with the Belize Raptor Research Institute and the three current projects the institute have are the Hook-billed Kite Project, Stygian Owl Project and Solitary Eagle Project. In one day, I saw a brand-new hook-billed kite fledgling, still with down on him, a stygian owl perched in a tree, and a solitary eagle fledgling. I can only show you one, but you have to admit, that is one epic day of research! Here’s our gorgeous and adorable stygian owl.