We went to Mountain Pine Ridge Preserve with Eric Tut (from Paradise Expeditions) on April 13, 2012. Due to our limited time in Belize (and also this is our first birding trip in Belize), we visited El Pilar in the morning and Mountain Pine Ridge Preserve in the afternoon.
Eric did a superb job not only as a birding guide, a naturalist, but also a proud Belizean who will do his best to preserve his country's natural resources. He is an extrordinary young man who deserves a lot of recognition.
We stopped at an "Eric's special" spot for hawk watching (be honest, I can't even tell you how we got there, the road is rough and there are smaller dirt roads everywhere - get Eric to show you the wonder!).
As a Hawk Watch volunteer in New Jersey,we found that doing some hawk watch in Mountain Pine Ridge is a fantastic experience. We spend some time study the hawk in flight, behavior and compare all the exotic raptors to our usual North American raptors. I finally got my "Scissor-tailed Kite" with every angle (top down, down up, and perch). We also enjoyed King Vulture, Black Hawk, White Hawk, among many others.
After the amazing hawk watching, we visited 1000-ft fall where my daughter and I purchased some souvenir at Pedro Mai's station. We saw black-headed siskin, hepatic tanager, a magnificant blackburnian warbler, and an amazing Grace's warbler around the station. At the fall's look out, Eric quickly spotted OBF (orange breasted falcon). It is amazing!
Most amazing thing is the Stygian Owl and its nest site that Erica found. We had a great look at the owl and spent time studying its facial pattern and behavior before we concluded the day.
We greatly appreciate Eric's excellent bird guiding and we will be back and spend the entire day in Mountain Pine Ridge.
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