First up is this bird on which I had a tough time making an ID. It is a large bird, perhaps just a wee bit smaller than a peregrine falcon, but not exactly a falcon shape. What other Belize birds are this size? Montezuma’s oropendula is larger, but with a similar silhouette. This silhouette is more pot-bellied, like a dove, but with a much longer tail. Too large for a cuckoo.
Believe it or not, this is a brown jay! Fully 16 inches long, it is the largest jay of which I am aware.
This particular individual is a first year jay with a yellow bill and prominent eye rings. The maturebrown jays lack eye rings and have dark bills. I never positively identified a mature jay at our place, but I'm sure they were around.
Another warming image is the this photo of a canna lily growing in front of our cabana. I like how the red of the blossom is echoed in the leaves.
I will leave you with this image of the our neighbors' palapa in the distance framed by the orchid in bloom on this tree. The palapa is on the dock of the Steppingstones Resort (http://www.steppingstonesbelize.com/aboutss.php). Now, just imagine yourself resting in the cool shade of the palapa, sheltered from the hot tropical sun ... Yes, that's exactly what we have been wanting.