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

by Larry 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

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