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Mountains to the Sea

July 30, 2013

Originally posted on Tropical Ecology Institute:

The national bird of Belize, the Keel-billed Toucan, eating the fruit from a tree at DuPlooy's

The national bird of Belize, the Keel-billed Toucan, eating the fruit from a tree at DuPlooy’s.

5:45am comes early in the jungle.   Bug spray applied, binoculars donned, we headed out to see what feathery friends we might find.  Highlights included Crested Guan with wattle perching in a tree, Black & Red Swallowtail Butterflies fluttering past, thorn bugs hopping trees, and Boat-billed Herons waiting in the pond, all ready to make our list.

Consuelo and crocodile

One of our Belizean teachers, Consuelo, holds an American Crocodile.

As it was our last night in the Preserve, we needed to eat all of the fruit previously purchased our market visit, we ‘pango sweated fruit.’  We learned from our Belizean teachers that this was Creole for ‘eating everything on your plate, in this case in the fruit bowl.  Delicious fry-jacks slathered with Marie Sharpe’s  fruit jam, eggs with Happy Cow cheese and fried beans.

After breakfast we…

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