Belize

Belize is a small English-speaking county in Central America adjoining just south and east of Mexico.  Belize has the largest coral reef in the Americas.  The county is about 170 miles long and 60 miles wide with about 340,000 people living there.  The Mayan civilization was present in Belize from 1500 BC to 900 BC and a number of Mayan cities have been excavated.  Belize has one of the highest percentages (36%) of protected land in reserves or national parks of any county in the world.  Nearly 600 species of birds have been recorded in Belize.


We did a one day trip to Tikal in Guatemala where we encountered a Fer-de-Lance, a highly poisonous snake.  This snake's formal name is Bothrops asper.  The Fer-de-Lance is a well camouflaged snake that rests under leaves in the forest and can strike up to the knee.  Antitoxin can reduce tissue damage and death from the Bothrops ' bite.  The snake can move very fast.

Belize


Red-footed Booby

Half Moon Caye National Monument

Belize


Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Belize Zoo

Belize


Magnificent Frigatebird

Half Moon Caye National Monument

Belize


Black-collared Hawk

New River

Belize


Black-collared Hawk

New River

Belize


Baltimore Oriole

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Great Black-hawk

New River

Belize


Purple Gallinule

New River

Belize


Thick-billed Seed-finch

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Red-footed Booby

Half Moon Caye National Monument

Belize


Sunrise

Half Moon Caye National Monument

Belize


Blue-black Grosbeak

Blue Hole Monument

Belize


Green Kingfisher

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Altamire Oriole

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Little Blue Heron

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Blue Hole Monument Belize


Black Howler Monkey

Lamanai

Belize


Violaceous Trogon

Lamanai

Belize


Social Flycatcher

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Blue Grosbeak

Half Moon Caye National Monument

Belize


Little Blue Heron

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Little Blue Heron

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Fer-de-Lance

Tikal National Park

Guatemala


Sunset

Half Moon Caye National Monument

Belize


Sunrise

Half Moon Caye National Monument

Belize


Vermillion Flycatcher

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Green Kingfisher

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Belize


Royal Flycatcher

Blue Hole Monument

Belize


Gray-necked Wood-rail

New River

Belize


Northern Janaca

New River

Belize

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