The first stop of the day was a nearby nature resort called Rio Santiago. Since it's so close to The Lodge at Pico Bonito, we didn't have to get started quite as early as we would later in the week. Rio Santiago is known as the Hummingbird Capital of Honduras, and it doesn't take long once you arrive to see why. The owner of the lodge, ..., has set up about 180 small hummingbird feeders, and he has hundreds of individuals spanning almost 20 species visiting his feeders! It is an absolutely incredible sight.
|Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds were the most common species that we saw while at Rio Santiago.|
|Motmots are beautiful but can be extremely difficult to find.|
This Keel-billed Motmot perched in the open for several minutes which allowed for great views and photos!
|Hopefully this tamandua can live a long life in the forests around Rio Santiago.|
I found the ride to be quite the unique experience, as I had not expected that there would also be locals that would ride the train with us. I was unaware that there were small villages along the tracks and the only way for those that live in the area to get to the town is by taking the train. There are several stops along the way, and it is fascinating to see how people live in those areas.
|Greg and Elmer relaxing on our train right to Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge.|
|This Bare-throated Tiger-Heron was well hidden!|
|Look how big the bill and eye are on this Boat-billed Heron!|
|We found a large group of White-faced Capuchins that were very curious about us.|
|The number of Northern Jacanas at Cuero y Salado was incredible. This was one of several young birds that we saw.|
|The young jacana above was following this adult around.|
|Although the adult Bare-throated Tiger-Heron above was well hidden, this young bird stood right out in the open.|
|This was our view as we approached the dock at the end of our trip. It was a spectacular sight to end our day with.|
It was incredibly special to ride the train back to town as the sun set. We rode the train right alongside locals again and felt quite immersed in the Honduran culture. The experience was one of the most special that we had during the whole trip.