The year 2016 is almost done. How time flies.
Just like every year I also enjoyed 2016 pretty much. Every year there is something new to learn, to see and interesting people to meet. Here is a look back of what made 2016 so special for me, but it is just a little sneek peek of what I have experienced the past year.
The Silver-beaked Tanager is a common bird seen everywhere in Suriname. But it is also one of the most difficult birds to photograph. Here I finally managed to take a photo of him with its original color instead of the same dark appearance. You may not believe it, but it is still a challenge to capture him.
This year I also met a lot of juveniles or immatures. It was like meeting the next generation. Great to know that the animals feel safe enough to raise their young in the neighborhood, giving me the opportunity to also meet them and see the different stages of growing up in person.
This year Lotje and I know each other for 3 years now. This year I witnessed her little Junior getting used to his mothers' territory and also saw him grow up to become a young adult.
The Black - Hawk Eagle was spotted on different locations many times: main lodge, airstrip, river cabin and even near the Kabalebo river.
I finally managed to photograph the following animals: Plain-bellied Emerald, Guianan Squirrel, White-necked Jacobin and the Black-throated Mango male. Yes, patience does pay off.
The Bicoloured Hawk was the newest member who was and still is terrorizing the neighborhood.
It seems so long ago, but during the first months of the year, the Green-bellied Hummingbird paid us once again a visit. Hope to see him the next year too.
For the first time I've watched how a Red-tailed Boa was having lunch and it was also interesting to know that Common Squirrel Monkeys do know where to get their nutrition from.
It may not seem a lot but for this year I've added 9 new bird species on my bird list. The Spangled Cotinga and the Todd's Sirystes were one of the exciting ones to notice.
And of course my adventure abroad: monitoring Leatherback seaturtles in Grenada with a wonderful team as well.
See you all next year.
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