|A slippery climb to view a Swallow-tailed Kite and the epic beauty of Semuc Champey|
I love birding. Period. But I love birding Central and South America a little bit more. My first great passion was Spanish. It brought me to this chapter in my life. Once upon a time, a small town boy from Wisconsin dreamed of exploring the rain forests and ancient civilizations of Central and South America. He had read about them in his National Geographic magazines.
|Clay-colored Thrush enjoys an avocado|
This is where my heart belongs and perhaps one day I will return here for a longer stretch, but there is a great big world waiting to be explored. I chose Guatemala over Costa Rica or Panama this time because it was underbirded. Plus, if you forced me to choose, I'd pick Guatemala because it is such a colorful country. The Mayan culture is still rich and alive. However, it wasn't always the easiest place to travel and the birds could be a challenge.
|Watching a volcano erupt in the distance|
And the animals were incredible. With birder eyes, nothing goes unnoticed. Plus I had a friend with me who also helped in the searches and she was amazing. Together we laughed at the most uncomfortable situations. I think by the end of the month, she understood my addiction towards birds better.
|Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush(that's a mouthful)|
My next series for Birding is Fun will focus on several Guatemalan places that I thought were great for birding. I'll share some secrets with you as well plus give you some info for your non-birder crew who might want to follow. We'll explore Antigua, Tikal, Semuc Champey, Lake Atitlan, and other locales. Each place offers birders great spaces to explore while having other things of interest for the non-birder crowd. It's like a two-for-one:) While on this trip, I snapped this picture(below) of an artist painting her mural near Antigua. It inspired me as I sat and watched her work. It got me thinking about my own photography and life list. This became the header for a personal blog to help organize the sightings of new and old birds alike.
Each year I learn more and more about birds and it's thrilling. That's why Birding is Fun!
|Where will this trail lead me? What will I discover?|