Archive for May, 2011

Resplendent Quetzal Again

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

This charasmatic bird is dominating the blog entries for a good reason. Check out this video shot today

Resplendent Quetzal Nesting Update

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Back on March 10 we posted a blog entry on the pair of Resplendent Quetzals who were excavating a nest hole on a rotting tree trunk close to the homestead. Following this date the Quetzals remained in the general area and were daily heard calling and courting. It wasn’t however until around May 10th, 60 days later, that we actually witnessed the pair entering the excavation hole and staying for extended periods of time apparently incubating eggs. It is now May 21st and the pair have been incubating their eggs for about 11 days. I was told from the locals that these birds wait until the summer rains begin to lay their eggs.

The nest hole is only 8 feet off the ground in a semi open area bordering forest. And only 20 meters from our caretakers cabin. There are dogs, children, horses and people nearby but this has not dampened the determination of this pair of birds from raising their young at this location.

The images here are all of the male incubating the eggs. His long tail feathers sticking over a foot out of the nest hole is a dead give away of his presence.

Mist opens the secrets of the forest

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

As we transition into the rainy season there are more frequent mists and clouds that move through the forests and pastures increasing the chance of intimate encounters with wildlife. In the glaring sun Three Wattled Bellbirds and Resplendent Quetzals stay hidden in the shadows of the sub canopy. This shyness disappears when clouds provide a protective blanket and these birds will often be seen in more exposed locations. The Ornate Hawk Eagle shown here watched us calmly from his forest perch as the mists moved through the understory.

When you are in the forest on a sunny day you are truly outside. On a misty cloudy day the blue infinity is replaced with a low ceiling where one feels the horizon shrink like you were inside a large room.

A short video of a pair of Resplendent Quetzals hanging in the mist. Click on the link. watch?v=F-7yGVmmYRs

A Magnificent Hummingbird on an exposed perch as the clouds start to lift.