In search of the Scarlet Macaw....FZ200

Started Mar 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
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In search of the Scarlet Macaw....FZ200

The Scarlet Macaw is found in Central America and as far south as Brazil.  In Belize they nest and breed in the Chiquibul forest reserve but from November through March, depending on the food supply, they migrate to the hills surrounding the Red Bank village to feed on the ripe fruits of the Polewood Tree.

Most Belizeans have never seen this Macaw in the wild, and so our garden club decided on an excursion to see them in Red Bank.  The following assorted images resulted from our trip.  We stopped at flower nurseries on the way and stayed overnight in cabins on a beach in Hopkins village.   Thanks for looking.

Gulf Fritillary at a nursery on the way to see the Macaws

Pelican in Dangriga, Stann Creek District, where we stopped for lunch.

Starting point with our guide

Overlooking the Village of San Pablo in the adjoining Toledo District

Zooming in on San Pablo

Looking down on the canopy as we trek up some very steep slopes

Our first photo opportunity of a Macaw feeding on the fruits of the Polewood Tree

There were about six Macaws in this tree

A Macaw drying out from a light drizzle

Tree ferns in the thick jungle

A beautiful mountain stream at the foothills after a light rain.

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