Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

I was talking with a guest at Chan Chich Lodge a few nights ago, who was absolutely ecstatic at having added 4 "life birds" to her list during her stay. She'd been all over the world, so to get new birds for her life list was really noteworthy. Turns out that one of them was the Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum).

I dug this photo out of Ben's files, taken near the River Trail. Yes, it is a Bare-throated Tiger-Heron. What's interesting is how widespread across Gallon Jug Estate they have become. When we first came to Gallon Jug in 1990, I can't recall seeing them. Or at least not often. Eventually they were added to the bird list here, but what's noteworthy is how many habitats on the property they seem to like. You can reliably see one or two around the Gallon Jug Farm near the culverts, along the road edge ditches, and evidently, near Chan Chich's River Trail as this camera trap image shows.

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