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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Birding Punta Gorda, Belize

After a long delayed flight to Guatemala City, we started our two week research trip to Guatemala and Belize with a five hour bus ride to Puerto Barrios on the Caribbean coast and an hour boat ride across to Punta Gorda, Belize. Lots of Magnificent Frigatebirds over the water, along with migrating Black Terns. At one point a nice Brown Noddy flew right past our boat when we were in Belizean waters. Not a lot of birds in Punta Gorda, its just a small town on the water. But our guest house featured the national bird, a good omen of things to come!

One difference between birding in Guatemala and birding in Belize--the price! Most prices were close to American, and some were even higher. Personal favorite--a gallon of cranberry juice for more than US $10! Needless to say, no cranberry juice for us this trip!

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