The last morning at the simple and birdy Hotel Las Glorias finally and unfortunately arrived: The first ever Mesoamerican Birding Festival was at its end. The buses were scheduled to leave at 9 AM so after breakfast there was time (for those who thought to pack the night before) for some last minute birding and photography down by the lake. And though a brief rain shower threatened to wash out the last morning the clouds parted and the sun shone, which, considering the ridiculous amount of rain we had seen, proved the adage, oft attributed to Napoleon, about the short distance from the sublime to the ridiculous, though, fortunately for me, in this case the direction was reversed, and the ridiculous took just one rainbow to become sublime. What? Oh, just look at the pictures…
And the birds, the birds! The morning sun and the still-wet ground made for viewing and photographic conditions exquisite, and a host of birds provided ample subjects for the camera. The difficulty lay in deciding which birds to photograph and in what order; a great problem to have! All of the pictures below were taken in a two hour period as I frantically maneuvered my digiscoping rig from one splendid scene to the next. We’ll start with when the weather hadn’t started to cooperate and go on from there…
juvenile Northern Jacana (note the raindrops)
Little Blue Heron and Blue-winged Teal
female White-collared Seedeater
Little Blue Heron and Tricolored Heron
Though it was sad to leave behind such a wonderful region of the country Copan was calling and we had many more birds and places to see before we were done with Honduras. Come back soon for more Honduran birds!
The shot of the Tricolored Heron has replaced Busch Stadium as my Desktop background.
That last shot is an excellent comparison of 2 species that are sometimes confused. It really picks up the differences.
Im sorry to read you didnt get a Resplendent Quetzal…thats really sad, then again 3 out of 4 times you wont see it either. then again Im wondering why didnt you guys go looking for it in Meambar? oh well Ridgely mustve had his reasons.
@Wes (Dad): I was rather pleased with that shot myself.
@tai haku: Thanks…I took about 20 shots of the two of them and that is one of the few I like.
@Danny: We just didn’t have time after driving halfway to Santa Barbara and then doubling back…but missing the quetzal gives me reason to return!
Happened to come upon your photos of birds in the Lago de Yojoa area and just wanted to complement you on some wonderful shots. My wife and I are regular visitors to the area and enjoy the tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty of the area.