Friday, February 19, 2010

Foraging Flock

One of the great things about the camera traps is the "slice of life" they show. Just life as the animals are living it at that moment in time. For those of us interested in animals and behavior, that is plenty interesting even it if is not always dramatic. This is a mid-sized Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) flock foraging through an area by Chan Chich's Bajo Trail.

Bruce reminded me of a friend, who upon seeing the turkeys for the first time, thought they were peacocks. Yes, they really are that gorgeous and these days seldom seen outside of this protected corner of the country. To listen to the distinctive vocalization of the turkey, go to xeno-canto here. You'll note there is a recording from Chan Chich Lodge.


  1. What a pleasure to see these gorgeous birds. I loved being able to hear the vocalizations. Thanks for posting the link.

  2. Xeno canto is a really neat site. Wish we'd had it during the early days when trying to learn all the bird vocalizations. You'd love hearing the turkeys now ... they are just starting "booming" and courtship displays!