Category Archives: Birding & Wildlife

Birding In Belize

Visiting Birds are starting to arrive and Birding in Belize promises to be as great as ever this year.  Come join us at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge for a 3-day course in bird and plant ID or spend your time with one of our expert bird guides who will help you find the birds you are looking for on your list.

duPlooy Travel, just a phone call or email away can help you plan your trip to Belize no matter what kind of nature-based vacation you are looking for.

There’s no better place for Birding in Belize  than duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge!

Owl near entrance to Flour Camp Cae
Owl near entrance to Flour Camp Cae

Creatures of the Night at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Piroque
Piroque

One of the Creatures of the Night you may encounter on a Night-walk at duPlooy’s is the Common Pauraque,  one of the many species of night jars.  This evening bird has the peculiar habit of waiting on the road or trail until you are only a few feet away, before flying off just far enough away so you will soon be upon them again, whereas they  seem to  wait once again for you to approach to within a few feet of them, before darting off again.

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Wildlife in Belize

Wildlife in Belize – duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Kinkajous

Come to duPlooy’s deck around 6-6:30 almost any evening and you will meet our Kinkajou visitors.  Sometimes there are several and sometimes only one.  Even if you’re not staying with us, you are welcome to join us for a drink and/or dinner on our deck.

Chachalacas and Other Creatures

You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.

Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.

Leaf-cutter aka wee wee ants
tiny but important Wildlife in Belize, these leaf-cutter ants can wipe out a small bush in less than a day

Others may run screaming from their room at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf) Continue reading Wildlife in Belize

Birding in Belize is Great at duPlooy’s & BBG

Birders’ Alert!!!

AM Birding from duPlooy’s  Bird-Deck

Philip Mai
Philip Mai

Birding in Belize is great at duPlooy’s & BBG (Belize Botanic Gardens).  Join us  for morning coffee or tea on the deck from 6:30-7;30 am.  There are also birds visiting all during the day, but the complimentary coffee ends at 7:30.  .

Birders’ Alert!!!  Book a morning or evening guided walk through the gardens and around the property to see some of the many birds that have taken up residence on the property.  Let one of our expert bird guides, Philip Mai or Wilfred Mutrie, show you around.

27 years ago when we first arrived in Belize our 100 acre property was a cattle farm.  It still amazes us that our vegetation could grow so much is such a short time and go from having only a few birds and animals living on the property to more than 300 species within a 5-mile radius.

Pick up a checklist in the Gift Shop if you want to keep count or look for some specfici birds.

Birding in Belize is Great at duPlooy’s & BBG

Serious birders, plan your itinerary based on the birds you would like to  see – just let us know before you arrive what you’d like to see and our guides will try and find them for you.

Check out the birds in the video.  These are some of the birds that visit duPlooy’s Deck. See the Emerald Toucanet holding court on the feeder, defending his breakfast from larger chachalacas, brown jays, a blue-crowned motmot, some little guys – redstart, yellow-winged tanager,  – and up in the gumbolimbo tree, masked tityra  – and lots more missed by our cameraman.

Birding in Belize and duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

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Birding in Belize with duPlooy’s

One of the many morning regulars at duPlooy’s deck

Birding in Belize with duPlooy’s

For the  best Birding in Belize create your own vacation  with duPlooy’s.  Start your day with an early morning bird walk with one of our expert guides and then  check out  some of the many species that visit our bird deck in the mornings and throughout the day.  There is always coffee or tea on deck from 6:30am so you can relax while the birds visit you.

 

 

MotMot
Blue-crowned motmot
Bat Falcon

 

A bat falcon  sighting is always a thrill and one can  often be seen perched on a branch of a dead tree.  Sometimes you can see his breakfast mouse, other bird or snake clutched in his talons.

Another regular at the deck at duPlooy’s is the blue-crowned motmot.  See its “vanity tail”

For some of the best birding in Belize, try  Birding  in Belize with duPlooy’s.  You can let us know ahead of time if you are looking for specific birds to add to your list and we can help plan your itinerary around it.  Or discuss each day with your guide where best to find birds you are looking for.

If you just like to look at birds, all of our expert guides can point out the ones you see along the way to one of our many adventure activities.  If you are a serious birder, book your birding vacation far enough in advance to make sure you get one of our specialist bird guides.

Pick up a Bird Checklist at the office if you want to keep track.  If you see anything that is not listed, verify it with your guide and let us know so that we can add it to the list. Quite a few  of our additions have been supplied by our guests.

 

 

Wildlife Report

Wildlife News for October 2013

Kinkajous are Regular Visitors to duPlooy’s

… joining us on the deck for cocktail hour.  While you are enjoying your half-price rum drinks, they are chowing down on complementary fruits and entertaining us all as they swing down from the trees to grab their complimentary snacks.

Here’s a little bit of Kinkajou information so that you will appear to be “in the know” when discussing Kinkajous with other guests.

Little Known factoid – Though many of its features and traits sound like those of a primate, the kinkajou is actually related to the raccoon.

Dont' bite my hand
Dont’ bite my hand

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