After meeting with the Guatemalan Tourism Board in Guatemala City, we made our way to a dry forest to search for a few specialty species. Unfortunately, we arrived at midday and it was extremely hot, making the birding somewhat difficult. We did find my most wanted species from the area, Russet-crowned Motmot!
We continued up the mountain to a higher elevation and a much more comfortable temperature. We spent the next morning at Parque Ecologico Gucumatz. This park and small lodge is a wonderful place to spend a morning birding and I wish we would have had the opportunity to stay there. We found many great birds but the main target, Resplendent Quetzal, did not appear that morning and was only heard in the distance. For me the most interesting birding on the property was at a big street light as you arrive. Overnight many moths come in to the light and in the morning, ton of birds come in to feed. The Unicolored Jays put on quite a show!
Once we finished our morning of birding, we started the long drive to Tikal National Park. We didn't arrive at Tikal until after dark and we were exhausted from a long day of travel.
|One of the temples at Tikal|
|The view from the top of the one temple you can climb.|
The next morning, we left Tikal early so that we had plenty of time to bird along the road on our way to Las Guacamayas Biological Station. Look for my post about this incredible lodge soon!