Nothing like a walk in paradise when you are feeling down. This lockdown is for the birds. But then again, they (the birds) are not part of the lockdown and are all over the place. My secluded piece of paradise offers an outstanding spot for birdwatching.
Birding in Honduras
The Scarlet Macaw is the national bird of Honduras. Unfortunately, it has been seriously threatened due to illegal poaching and bird trafficking. As an effort to protect the national bird, Honduras celebrates scarlet macaw day on June 28. Perhaps there is no better place in the World to enjoy the scarlet macaw in freedom than at the Mayan Ruins of Copan
Over 12 centuries ago, the Copan Valley was inhabited by the great Maya Civilization. For them, this was the Sacred Valley of Scarlet Macaws. A nearby hill was named Macaw Mountain. The magnificent ball court in the center of the Acropolis still has the 6 markers resembling macaws.
Last year, Nivel Marvin visited Honduras by invitation of Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernandez. His mission was to create Nigel Marven’s new Wild Honduras documentary film! The trip was coordinated by one of the leading nature and birding tour operators in Honduras: Beaks and Peaks. The documentary is now out and can be seen by all!
The upcoming March 2nd and 3rd will see the first Honduras Caribbean Birding Festival! The event is the second of its kind in the area of La Ceiba. Birdwatching activities will include birding in the area close to the Lodge at Pico Bonito. This is one of several other bird festivals and counts scheduled in Honduras for 2019.