My first birding trip was on March 18, 2013 with 2 Dutch ladies. I was a bit nervous because it was my first whole day trip too. Macaws, parrots, swallows, hummingbirds, kingfishers, herons, tanagers, woodpeckers ..... you name it, they were present on that day.
I did not take notes of what we saw exactly, some things you learn during the process. But all I can remember is that our morning started very well.
The Harpy Eagle was seen preening early in the morning. I remember that it stayed for quite a while on that same spot. I was very excited to see this large predator on my first birding trip as it is still the number one bird that people want to see.
This young bird of prey was a bit too far for my camera, but nonetheless still spotted. This was a young Grey-lined Hawk weeks after it left its comfy nest. When they are still young, they often are not aware of the danger surrounding them especially not when exposed. This young fellow was calling his mother constantly, begging for either attention or some free food. While I was heading in the direction from where the call came from I noticed this young bird of prey sitting high in a tree. We both spotted each other. The light was not great and the surrounding neither but this is called wildlife photography.
A young Great Black Hawk getting ready for the big world.
I did not expect to see this magnificent bird: the Harpy Eagle.
This rare bird has been seen so often, it is considered a common bird in Kabalebo.
This lurking predator is on the look out for something tasty.
Raptors, like this Great-black Hawk, have excellent eyes and here is why.
Recently I met this fierce fellow at Kabalebo: the Ornate Hawk-Eagle.
Here is another caracara you can spot in Kabalebo: The Red-throated Caracara.
A couple of months ago I met this young fellow: the Hook-billed Kite.
There are a couple of 'bad boys' seen near the lodge, ones that are actually not really welcome by the majority of the little birds' population.
The Black Caracara is a champion when it comes for finding an easy meal.
This is how life goes around in the fauna world. Harsh but necessary.
Sometimes being at the wrong place at the wrong time happens from time to time.
On April 20, 2016, the Bicoloured Hawk had an early breakfast in Kabalebo.
This is the Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) an impressive predator in the sky. It is only the second time that I have seen him in my life.
Over the past years I have seen over 300 bird species in Kabalebo. The first ones were of course the larger birds (birds of prey most of the time), so I thought that only smaller birds would be added as new members on my bird list. How I proved myself wrong. Here is another new member on my bird list: the Bicoloured Hawk (Accipiter bicolor), a bird of prey.