Category Archives: Hiking

Nibb’s Knob

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.

South county from the Santa Cruz Mountains
South county from the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Herp Day

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. 🙂

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Cockscomb, baby!

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.

The view from Ben's Bluff of Outlier on the right and Victoria's Peak on the left
The view from Ben’s Bluff of Outlier on the right and Victoria Peak on the left
Boat-billed heron
Boat-billed heron
Neotropical river otter!!! My first river otter ever in the wild!!! :D
Neotropical river otter!!! My first river otter ever in the wild!!! 😀

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Ringed kingfisher; kingfishers are some of my absolute favorite birds.
Ringed kingfisher; kingfishers are some of my absolute favorite birds.

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Raptor Tour!

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. 🙂

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What a day of research!

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.

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