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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Birding Lubaantun Mayan Ruins

Unfortunately, most Mayan archaeological sites don't open up first thing in the morning, when the birds are most active. By the time we got in to the ruins at Lubaantun (where the original Crystal Skull was supposedly found), the sun was up and the birds were getting quiet. We still managed to see some nice birds, including our first White-collared Swifts of the trip, and heard a Slaty-breasted Tinamou calling from the slope down to the creek behind the ruins. Other goodies included Black-headed Trogon, Black-cowled Oriole, and Passerini's Tanager.

1 comment:

Rick Wright said...

I've always thought that birders have a deeper experience of historical and cultural sites than anyone else: the connection comes literally alive when we realize that, say, the Ocellated Turkeys wandering the sites are the descendants many hundreds of generations later of the birds that bestrode Mayan cities when those human sites were young.
Looks like you've been having a great time!

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