Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday's Critters #26

Saturday's Critters #26

Hello and happy weekend!  OK, it's time to share your critters. I hope to see you join in on the Critter party.


I am sharing a few of the birds and a lizard seen at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge in Belize. I saw many new birds just walking around the grounds of our lodge.


Beside the lodge was a farm with free roaming chickens, duck and Guineafowl. I believe are these Guineafowl. During our walks these birds would come close to hubby and I.  It was like they were greeting us..



The Green Kingfisher is the smallest kingfisher and were a common sight to see down at the river.. Sometimes we would see two flying or hanging out together.. I believe my photo is of the female or maybe a juvenile, the male would have a rusty colored band around the chest..The female has two green bands around the chest.  I think there was a nest on the opposite side of the river.



This close up shows that there is a start of the second green belly band of the female..so most likely we saw the juvenile Green Kingfishers.


The Brown Basilisk also known as the Jesus lizard..only because they can be seen running across the top of the water. They were a common sight walking around the grounds of the lodge.



There were many different species of  hummingbirds  around the lodge.. above is the Violet Sabrewing.  It is one of the largest hummingbirds I have ever seen, a beautiful color too. This bird was a lifer for me..


The Blue-grey Tanager could be seen on the tree outside the dining room window..


While eating breakfast I watched a couple of the Blue-grey Tanagers were catching bugs in this tree.  My eyes were following the birds moving around more than on my food. I hope you enjoyed my critter post. Now, I want to see your critters..   I wish everyone a happy weekend.





Thank you for linking up to the critter party. I appreciate the visits, comments and the support of my blogging friends..


To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Please visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host: Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin. Also, sharing with Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting.

65 comments:

Linda W. said...

I love all your photos of the animals in Belize!

Jocee said...

What beautiful colours on those birds. Love the lizard!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! i love the kingfisher and the basilisk. Have a great weekend!

Jo said...

Oh wow, Eileen! I don't know where to start to comment on these amazing sightings! A green Kingfisher, the amazing Jesus Lizard, the hummingbird and the blue-grey Tanager! Thanks for sharing birds I'd NEVER see here. You're a true birder when you say: "While eating breakfast I watched a couple of the Blue-grey Tanagers were catching bugs in this tree. My eyes were following the birds moving around more than on my food." Hope you have a wonderful Saturday. Jo

retriever said...

lovely fotos Eileen, greeting from belgium, just comming back from Italie (holidays)

orchid Miyako said...

OMG!!! What a paradise of rare species Belize is♡♡♡ I only knew the name of Guineafow and Jesus lizard looks SO unique☆☆☆
Thank you very much for sharing these gorgeous and precious pictures with us, dear friend Eileen; They really ARE our eye feast(^_^)v

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Margaret Adamson said...

Wow! Such wonderful birds you came across in Belize, all well captured on your camera. It must have been lovely eating your breakfast and watching such lovely birds so close. Thanks for hosting. Let me know if you crossed the bridge today with me!. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rajesh said...

Very sweet birds. I like it.

lina@a happy family said...

Lots of birds there. Wonderful shots!

Cloudia said...

Fabulous creatures!




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Gerald (SK14) said...

I especially like the young kingfisher

Elaine said...

What beautiful birds, Eileen!

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Wonderful series photos.
For me picture 5, the hummingbird is absolutely sublime.
I wish you a very nice weekend.
Greetings Irma

Carole M. said...

these are each really impressive; I love the green kingfisher

Icy BC said...

You have a wonderful collection of critters, Eileen! Love the color of that hummingbird!!

✿ chica said...

Maravilhosas tuas fotos! Ótimo fim de semana! beijos,chica

A Quiet Corner said...

LOL! I often do that Eileen...my eyes dart around watching birds when I'm outdoors talking to someone!! I apologize for it all the time!! Great experience there and thank you for sharing it with us...:)JP

Blackberry Lane said...

Good Morning, Eileen. What gorgeous and unique photos. I especially love the violet hummer. Thank you for hosting.

Blackberry Lane said...

I think my first comment was lost.
Thank you for hosting and for sharing these wonderful photos from your trip.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That hummingbird is to 'die for' gorgeous!!!!

TexWisGirl said...

the kingfisher is neat, the lizard is really cool, that hummer is gorgeous, but that blue/gray tanager is really lovely! all such neat shares, eileen!

thanks for hosting, too!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Such a great collection of photos Eileen. I love the second shot - the one of the Green Kingfisher :)

bettyl-NZ said...

What great shots, Eileen! You always have such great variety in your photos. Love the kingfisher a lot for some reason.

Maria said...

I'm so glad you got to see these amazing critters. They are all beautiful.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

All great shots- I would love to see the Violet Hummer- WOW!

Brian King said...

This is a great variety! I'd love to see the Green Kingfisher! The lizard is rather impressive! Did you get to see them running on the water?

DeniseinVA said...

It must have been exciting to see all these different birds on your holiday Eileen. They are gorgeous! I also was fascinated by that lizard. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

Andrea Priebe said...

Your photos are always so beautiful ... but how can you go wrong with such beautiful subjects. Even the Guinaeafoul have beauty, but my favorites are the King Fisher and the Tananger. Great Post ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

The Jesus Lizard, hummingbirds and Tanagers are all creatures we don't have here - each one is special.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, but my favourite is the Kingfishers, utterly superb.

Debbie said...

so many beauties today....the green kingfisher is quite the treat for me!!

it's nice in resort areas, that the critters are tame and you don't have to work as hard to get your shots!!

thanks for hosting eileen, one of my favorites!!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
I can see Belize has many kinds of beautiful birds!!I like the hummingbird!!Lovely colours!!Great photos!!Amazing shots!!
Have a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful hummingbirds and tanagers!

Roan said...

I'm going to have to pick the Hummingbird as my favorite. All are beautiful! Really like the lizard shot, too.

carol l mckenna said...

What a trip you had ~ perfect for a photographer ~ lovely photos ~ gorgeous birds and wildlife for SC ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Pat said...

Beautiful birds and a really cool lizard!

rainfield61 said...

The Brown Basilisk is my favourite.

Alexa T said...

So lucky to see such beautiful critters in one post... the birds are my favourites, especially the hummingbird!! i think is a singing bird (pasare cantatoare)? Great weekend, Eileen!! Toate cele bune@ All the best!

Powell River Books said...

The violet hummingbird is amazing. My first visit. Thanks for the linkup. - Margy

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

It must be so amazing to see so many animals that you don't normally see! I have enjoyed your photos on Facebook, too. Those birds are lovely. The lizard? I think I'd be afraid of him. :-)

Crafty Green Poet said...

wonderful photos, such lovely birds

Sue said...

You really captured some great shots. I always look forward to your posts!

Frank said...

Gorgeous birds and the handsome lizard.

Christian Weiß said...

Wow, fantastic, Belize is one of the top countries to go for nature in Central America.

Black Jack's Carol said...

These are absolutely outstanding critter shots! I was simultaneously jealous of, and awestruck by, every single one of them :) The lifer.. oh my.. I drooled. Thank you, Eileen!

Our photos said...

I love the birds !

Karen said...

What a lovely place for critter watching. The birds are beautiful and that lizard is awesome.

SquirrelQueen said...

You have an amazing group of critters this week Eileen. I haven't seen any Guineafowl in years, nice capture. The little Jesus lizard is kind of cute.

Happyone said...

I liked them all. To hard to pick a favorite.

Connie Smiley said...

That had to be delightful! Love that hummingbird shot!

The happy wanderer. said...

Brings back memories from Costa Ric. Violet Sabre-wings are really beautiful, especially when the light catches them.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i have never heard of that sort of lizard. neat!!! have a great great weekend, Eileen. ( :

Felicia said...

I like all your critter photo's Eileen.

Felicia

George said...

I enjoyed this week's critters very much. I had never heard of the Jesus lizard, but the nickname sounds reasonable, given your explanation.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Eileen, another really enjoyable series of photos! I'm glad that the Jesus lizard isn't indigenous to our corner of the world! :-)

Ida said...

Lots of great critters here. The lizard was so cool and that blue hummingbird was a stunner.

Noushka said...

Great stuff, Eileen!
I love your exotic birds and the basilic lizard is really amazing!
Fantastic shot, what a reflex to catch this fast creature on your card!
You must have had a ball there, I envy you!! :)
Cheers, keep well

Anni said...

Yep, I double checked...still, the hummingbird is my favorite.

Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot!!

Gary Phillips said...

Great series!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Willow said...

Wonderful Eileen
Kingfishers are one of my fav birds to watch near the river.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful photos! I don't believe I have thanked you for holding these Critter Parties so...THANK YOU!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The only one of these critters that I remember well from Belize is the Jesus lizard (because how could you forget that ;>)! I wasn't so much into birds and animals back then, more just the scenery and the people (and no digital camera of course). Would love to go back someday .... (so many places, so little time!).... Thanks for sharing your wonderful sightings.

Lynne said...

So many interesting "critters" to see on your trip. Great pictures Eileen . . . loved the color of the Hummingbird!

Helma said...

Delicious animals again and again the beautiful green kingfisher. The Brown Basilisk I knew Neit but I learn more and meet new animals with you. Thank you Eileen :-)

Marie said...

Wow! Fabulous birds and Brown Basilisk! That Sabrewing Hummer made my heart skip a beat!