Waiting for the plane that would take us from Mexico City to Merida, Yucatån.
A very pleasant central plaza in Valladolid, our first destination in Yucatån.
Most of the Mayan women in the Yucatán wear these traditional dresses.
The entrance to Chichen Itza, the most famous of the Yucatán Mayan Ruins
The sun coming up over El Castillo, Chichen Itza.
One of the staircases on el Castillo, Chichen Itza.
A serpent head at the base of the stairs, El Castillo
Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors
More jaguars, and stuff I don't understand.
In the great ball court, Chichen Itza.
Tourists are not allowed on the ruins, but iguanas are OK.
White-eyed Vireo, Chichen Itza.
Ubiquitous vendors turn Chichen Itza into a carnival, especially later in the day. This is not the case at the other ruins we visited.
El Caracol observatory temple.
Cenote Sagrado at Chichen Itza. This deep pool was the reason for the location of the city. It was used not only for water, but for human sacrifice, a big part of Mayan culture.
Chichen Itza during the nighttime program.
Central square in Valladolid.
The church on the central plaza, Valladolid
Village elders enjoying a day in the central plaza, Valladolid
Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Valladolid plaza
An Orchard Oriole in the Plaza
Some of the staff at our hotel in Valladolid
Part of the waterfront, Rio Lagartos, the northernmost point of the Yucatån Peninsula.
An immature Magnificent Frigatebird at Rio Lagartos
Double-crested Cormorant, Rio Lagartos
A tiny Mexican Sheartail on its nest on a flourescent light fixture. She has decorated the nest with flecks of paint.
Getting ready to go out on the estuary, Rio Lagartos.
An American Flamingo from the boat, Rio Lagartos.
Don't try this at home.
Wood Stork with lunch, taken from the boat, Rio Lagartos.
A juvenile and an adult White Ibis, from the boat, Rio Lagartos.
An amazing co-location of wading birds in the estuary, Rio Lagartos.
Long-billed Curlew, from the boat, Rio Lagartos. These come to Nevada in summer!
A Common Black Hawk feeding on a fish, Rio Lagartos. These can be found in Texas.
Flamingos near Las Coloradas.
We found 4 Black-headed Trogons above the pathways at Cobá Ruins.
Black-headed Trogon (F)
Black-throated Green Warbler, a bird that comes down here from New England and Canada in winter. Smart bird.
Ruins at Cobá
Exotic (to us) tropical trees.
A juvenile Common Yellowthroat
A female Painted Bunting.
The male Painted Bunting. Our first sighting of this spectacular little bird.
A Gray Hawk along the road. These barely make it into Arizona in summer. A life bird for us.
Stayed a few days here to gain access to the Sian Ka'an Reserve on the coast.
In a very tall observation tower, Sian Ka'an Reserve
The view from the observation tower. Nice lake, but no birds.
A Roadside Hawk (really, that's its name).
Looking for birds, dawn in a Milpa, Sian Ka' an Reserve
Finding birds, early AM, Sian Ka' an Reserve
Figuring out which species of woodpecker I just photographed.
Pale-billed Woodpecker (life bird)
¡Una mariposa verde!
A juvenile Black-headed Trogon.
Birding the Sian Ka'an Reserve
Yellow-throated Warbler early in the AM (which is why it got the worm, of course)
A typical street scene in a Yucatan village. Three-wheeled bicycles and motos rule here.
While not as well known as Chichen Itza, the ruins at Uxmal are spectacular, and offer a more pleasant experience - fewer people and no vendors.
Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal Ruins
We'd have loved to climb this staircase, but it was prohibited.
A panorama of the "Nunnery Quadrangle" at Uxmal.
Decoration in stone. Uxmal has some of the best examples of this style, called "Puuc".
Stone sculptures on a building at Uxmal.
Iguanas have lived amidst the buildings of Uxmal for 1500 years.
Human face in a serpent's mouth, Uxmal.
The classic Mayan arch.
One of the most impressive buildings at Uxmal.
Turquoise-browed Motmot, our favorite bird from the trip.
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Uxmal.
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Olivaceous Woodcreeper. Note the tail feather tips.
Red-throated Ant Tanager, Uxmal
Yucatan Jay near Felipe Carrillo Puerto.