Friday, July 6, 2012

Birding at the Lodge at Big Falls in Toledo, Belize

The Lodge at Big Falls provides an exciting environment for birding and birders. Our property includes a variety of habitats which attract many different species. From sungrebes, herons and kingfishers on the river to oropendolas, woodpeckers and orioles in the orchard. The relative silence of the pre-dawn is broken by the calls of chachalacas, melodious blackbirds, parrots and parakeets among many others. The Lodge at Big Falls provides an exciting environment for birding and birders. Our property includes a variety of habitats which attract many different species. From sungrebes, herons and kingfishers on the river to oropendolas, woodpeckers and orioles in the orchard. The relative silence of the pre-dawn is broken by the calls of chachalacas, melodious blackbirds, parrots and parakeets among many others. Read more about birding at the Lodge at Big Falls and the nearby habitats.

Visitors to the Lodge have the option of joining an early-morning bird walk with our guide Steven Choco (Audubon-trained) or for those travelers looking for a more in-depth birding experience, the Lodge offers a three night, four day itinerary called the Birds of Southern Belize. All packages are available to our North American trade partners at net/commissionable rates.

Steven Choco is one of the most talented birding guides in southern Belize.  He was born and bred in Big Falls village and grew up exploring the river banks and forest with his grandfather, family and friends while acquiring a deep knowledge of the wildlife and birds and folklore which he is now able to share with guests in his chosen career.  Steven recently successfully completed the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Bird Ecology program.  He can identify a large proportion of the species seen in Toledo district by their voice alone. Steven is also called upon by visiting researchers and has spent some weeks mist netting and banding species working alongside ornithologists from the University of New Mexico. With a great eye and ear Steven will really enhance your birding experience in southern Belize.


FACTS
490 species recorded in Toledo district
350 species recorded within five miles of the lodge
300 species have been observed by Lodge staff


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