One in a Vermilion

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Up until last week, every Vermilion Flycatcher I ever ran into in my travels was at least a good 200 yards away.

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Now I have been to one of the best places in the world, maybe, to hang out with Vermilion Flycatchers: Crooked Tree in Belize, and more specifically, Bird’s Eye View Lodge, where at least two pairs of these gorgeous birds were in the vicinity.

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I would walk downstairs from the rooms and around the back and there he would be, greeting me cheerily to his territory.

Female Vermilion Flycatcher

Female Vermilion Flycatcher

She was a bit more shy, as girl birds tend to be, but even she was closer than 200 yards away. (Click on the picture for a closer view.)

Female Vermilion Flycatcher

Female Vermilion Flycatcher

And the day I caught her doing her toilette after a bath, she was downright close.

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Our last day it rained steadily, sometimes offering downpours. He took advantage of the free shower.

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I hope to be back soon with many more birds from Belize and a recap of my brief but engrossing experience. I have succumbed to a rhinovirus after coming home late Saturday and cleaning all day Sunday. I went back to work today… And I have to get up early to vote before I go back to work tomorrow. So I’m not feeling too chipper but am glad I went to Belize, where it was 80+ degrees!

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Belize – Past and Future


Ocellated Turkey

I have to get up in a couple hours to leave in the middle of the night for the airport. I wasn’t planning on getting this down-to-the-wire but as the saying goes, stuff happens. Anyway I hope I am basically ready enough and have not forgotten anything important. Hope to be back very soon with updates to some of the photos reproduced here that I found from my first trip to Belize in 2009. At the time I was using an EOS 40D and a Tamron 70-300mm lens, I think.


Hepatic Tanager

As far as I can tell the forecast is for mid-80 degree weather with a 20% or so chance of rain. Quite a difference from what I’ve been getting at home the last couple months.

Boat-Billed Heron

Boat-Billed Heron

I hope to be back to the blog in a week and a half with a full report.




Brazilian Ruby

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I am taking a short break from trying to get through all the photos by posting this…

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It’s a good thing I can’t afford to take more than one trip a year because I seem to have taken enough photographs to last until the next vacation!

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Female Brazilian Ruby

So here are a few select pictures of Brazilian Rubies taken in various locations.

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My biggest problem with concentrating on these Brazilian birds is I feel like I’m still there, or I can’t wait to go back and see them again…

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