Tuesday, February 8, 2011

While We Were At Arrowpoint....

We were at Arrowpoint only one night.  Unfortunately, we arrived on a typical Sunday around noon and this is a popular getaway resort for people in Georgetown.  Two fellows were showing off at the dock on their seadoos, or whatever these personal watercraft things are called.  Some others came blasting out of the forest trails on mountain bikes - just before we set off for a birding walk.  Yeah, good luck with seeing any birds after that commotion. 

Thankfully, all these people left (were taken back into Georgetown on the resort boats) by late afternoon.

A pair of Blue-grey Tanagers  (Thraupis episcopus), outside my cabin 

Some sort of Anole lizard (Anole spp.)

An Ameiva lizard (Ameiva spp.)

Clouds in the evening at Arrowpoint

That night, we were celebrated with a traditional Arawak bonfire and dinner on the beach.  I had the honour of lighting the bonfire which is made to burn all night, except for the centre pole (which was still standing in the embers next morning).  This photo and the one below are courtesy of fellow traveller Martin.  Thanks!

The food was good here

Sunrise the following morning

Before we left Arrowpoint we had one more mission:  to see the very beautiful Crimson Topaz hummingbird.

It likes these flowers, overhanging the water. 

And we did see this lovely creature.  Here's a photo I found on-line at http://www.oiseaux.net/birds/crimson.topaz.html

Not even close to what it looks like 'in person'.

To catch up on my Life Sightings:

At Arrowpoint:
Crimson Topaz  Topaza pella
Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris
Black-necked Aracari  Pteroglossus aracari
Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper  Xiporthynchus pardalotus
Cinereous Antshrike  Thamnomanes caesius
Wing-barred Seedeater  Sporophila americana
Violaceous Euphonia  Euphonia violacea

Previously at the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown, before going to Arrowpoint:
Pearl Kite  Gampsonyx swainsonii
Limpkin  Aramus guarauna
Red-shouldered Macaw  Diopsittaca  nobilis
Green-rumped Parrotlet  Forpus passerinus
Yellow-crowned Parrot  Amazona ochrocephala
Red-billed Toucan  Ramphastos tucanus
Toco Toucan  Ramphastos toco
Yellow-chinned Spinetail  Certhiaxis cinnamomea
Cinereous Becard  Pachyramphus rufus

Other Birds and Animals of note at both places
Tricoloured Heron
King Vulture
Black-collared Hawk
Bat Falcon
Festive Parrot
Mealy Parrot
Great Horned Owl
Short-tailed Swift
Fork-tailed Palm-Swift
White-necked Jacobin
Blue-tailed Emerald
Glittering-throated Emerald
Crimson-crested Woodpecker
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Yellow Warbler
Black-faced Tanager - not my first sighting, but only once before in Ecuador
White-lined Tanager
Palm Tanager
Silver-beaked Tanager
Turquoise Tanager
Green Honeycreeper
Red-capped Cardinal
Slate-coloured Grosbeak

Long-nosed Bat
Ameiva, Tegu and Anole Lizards
Three-toed Sloth (and I can't remember where exactly)
Blue Morph, Owl and Monarch Butterflies

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