Our quick trip to Guatemala - mostly to see this bird - the Horned Guan
But first, a stop at some Pine-oak Forests, to look for the best warbler in the book... Brett, Ellen and Ana Paula - our terrific guide.
The pine-oak forests - at Rincon Suizo.
Success a Pink-headed Warbler!
Never really stopped for a moment, and always behind twigs.
nicely focussed twigs...
We had lots of other great birds too - Elegant Euphonia
Brown-backed Solitaire - tough to find, but eventually showed itself.
Then down to Lake Atitlan, for a boat ride to the hotel.
Hotel Uxlabin - a great place - well situated and good birding too.
Next morning, up at 4am, and hiking in the dark. View from the lookout at dawn.
The sun rose a few minutes later. Time to move on!
Looking way down the mountain
Success!! After searching - a Horned Guan!! (~8000 feet elevation)
Success! Yay! Joy and relief at finding it.
Huge oak - on the way up. Ana impressed at the size.
Celebrating the guan - with S&V chips...a birding tradition continues.
Hut near the top
View from the top (~9500 feet)
View from the top (yes, the volcano in the distance is erupting)
Brett and Tim at the top
Great Horned Owl chick on nest
On the way down, relentless knee bashing.
Phew, back at the pickup spot - exhausted
Photo with guan! (Tim, Ellen, Brett, Ana)
Looking back up the volcano
Coffee finca - shade! (the path)
Prevost's Ground Sparrow
The top floor of Hotel Uxlabil - highly recommended
Mural on the way at Hotel Uxlabil
The next morning - back across Lake Atitlan.
Then a visit to Finca el Pilar - great birding with shade coffee.
Terrific forest for birding
Butterfly on my boot
Found a little lizard
Black and white Warbler
A small butterfly (Skipper) in the lead litter.
Spider in the leaf-litter
A beautiful moth
Nest of Brown-backed Solitaire
Nest (with chicks) of Brown-backed Solitaire
Frog in the gardens
Magnificent Hummingbird male
Fig near the entrance.