Birding in Guatemala – An Insiteful Post From 10,000 Birds

by Larry Jordan on March 4, 2008

I just came across an interesting post from Mike Bergin over at 10,000 Birds he writes:

“Have you ever started your day knowing that the word “mundane” just wasn’t going to apply? That’s how I felt this morning when I woke up in GUATEMALA! I’m here to participate in the fourth Birding Encounter courtesy of the Guatemala Tourism Commission. This noble enterprise has been conceived to promote bird watching and ecotourism in Guatemala, a Central American jewel oft overlooked by travelers. Frankly, I feel that selling Guatemala to birders should be about as easy as selling water to people whose hair is on fire. We’re talking about a country smaller than Tennessee harboring more than 550 bird species. The numbers do not lie: Guatemala is a birding paradise”.

Quetzal Bird

The Illusive Quetzal Bird photo by Steve Winter

I am looking forward to more updates on Mike’s trip to Guatemala. It is a beautiful country with friendly native people. A real joy to visit.

Here are some pictures of the hand woven wall hanging Brigitte and I brought back from our trip to Guatemala many years ago. They depict the Guatemalan national bird, the Quetzal that is now endangered.

Quetzal Wall Hanging

Close Up

Close Up Quetzal Wall Hnging

Norma March 11, 2008 at 2:49 am

Great Stuff!
Please don’t give up on Ivory-bills! They didn’t, and after 33 years of search, research and following leads Bobby and Tim saw the ivory-bill, So what makes anyone think in almost 4 years an almost posed photo would be easy?????????

I invite all birders and other interested parties I find on the web to visit the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Foundation’s Update Blog, just in case they are interested, because the search must continue:

Check in Often, who knows what you’ll find.


NatureFootstep March 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

thanks for the link Larry. The wall haning is stunning. 🙂
I did not know it was Guatemalas National Bird. But of course information on a trip like mine is drowning you. And yet I think I was pretty prepared. One of our lodges was the Quetzals Paradise. The owner had painted walls and tables. On my Travel blog I am posting the journals from the trip. All except the first is in english. I give you the link to this day if you like to see it . 🙂

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