Home - 2014 - Belize - Day 2

Photographer: Josh Eckels

Early morning light

Little (not great) blue heron

Solo flying

Heading out on the boat ride

Pelicans overhead

Allegedly the namesake of Crooked Tree

Vultures waiting for the thermals to get going

Wood stork

Snake cactus

Green kingfisher

Green parrot

The chase is on

Taking off

More settled in

Reinforced tree-trunk canoe

Heading out

Snail kite

Over on the swampier side


Snail kite gliding away

Snail eggs, fresh and already hatched

Normally mud flats at this time of year

Frilly lily pads

Lily pads

Another snail kite

Bigger lily pad flower

Open for the morning, will close in the afternoon

Altun Ha entrance

View from the top of the Temple of the Masonry Altars

Formerly roofed rooms

Don't mind the truck

The Sun God Temple, also on the Belikin beer label

Archeology in action

Exposing a step built ~500 years ago

Approaching the Sun God Templte

Closer to the mask

Still intact

Sun God Temple, approaching the stairs

Roof still partially intact

Full view from the Temple of the Masonry Altars

On top the Sun God Temple

Wandering onto the other ruins


Surrounding trees and vines

Joist anchor point

Nice view of the Temple of the Masonry Altars

So many roots

Immature cashew

Ripe cashew - one nut per fruit, poisonous until roasted


Leaf cutters

First howler sighting, in the Community Baboon Sanctuary

Alpha male, on the move

Just chilling

Tiny coconut-like fruits

The trail wanders on

Moving along a palm frond

Coming down

Seeing if it passes the sniff test

Robert, my guide

Back up in the tree

The troop moves on

Check out the prehensile tail

Reaching for some banana

Thinking about howling

The baby emerges

Looking a little uncertain

Five points of contact

Chowing on a rose apple, kind of like a guava

Up close

Tearing up another rose apple

Holding on

Actually an expert already

Stranger fig gaining hold

Lagoon in the early dusk

Night hawk on the post

Green iguana

Pepper tree frog, tucked into a palm tree

Bright yellow band on bill

Tiny frog


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