Thursday, April 1, 2010

One Resource, Two Birds

While at Hillbank Field Station, of course we explored the trails. The Aguada Trail begins near the main field station complex. "Aguada" is basically a water collection reservoir built by the ancient Maya. Sure enough, this small aguada was still doing its part to provide a small water resource during the dry season. Clearly it is shrinking though and will probably disappear in another month, awaiting the rains of June to refill it. In the meantime, two bird species are hunting and foraging in this image: the Green Heron (Butorides virescens) a small mostly solitary heron of Central and North America, and the Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea), a subtropical species.

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