John returned to Mexico again in February 2017 to tour the ancient Mayan sites and enjoy the bird and wildlife to be found there. This time
the tour took in the archaeological sites at Tulum, Coba, Calakmul, Uxmal and finally Chichen Itza. The forests surrounding these sites still holds good populations
of some special species which included Ocellated Turkey, Great Curassow, Crested Guan and Spotted Wood Quail as well as herds of White-lipped Peccary,
White nosed Coati, Grey Fox, Forest Rabbit, Central American Spider Monkey and Yucatan Mantled Howler Monkey. At the coastal sites of Celestun and
Rio Lagartos we witnessed spectacular flocks of Caribbean Flamingoes and colonies of Magnificent Frigatebirds.
A pair of White tailed Hawks sit by their nest in the northern Yucatan
The Temple of the Magician at Uxmal
A Morelet's Crocodile sunbathes on the edge of the swamp at Calakmul
Magnificent Mayan architecture at Chicanna in the southern Yucatan
A flock of American White Pelicans at Rio Lagartos (photo by Tat Taylor)
Bird Holidays in the Yucatan 2014
In November 2014 we returned to the Yucatan for another enjoyable Bird Holidays tour of the Mayan sites and their birds. The trips included visits to the coast at both
Celestun and Rio Lagartos and we caught up with several of the areas endemic birds. These included Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Wren, Black Catbird, Grey-throated Chat, Rose-throated Tanager
Ocellated Turkeys, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Flycatcher and Yucatan Bobwhite to name but a few.
This splendid Limpkin posed for the group at Laguna Bacalar and we saw several more at Coba
Mexican Sheartails were in abundance at Celestun whilst Turquoise-browed Motmots showed well at Uxmal
A party of three Red-necked Phalaropes were a surprise find on the lagoons at Rio Lagartos.
Whilst a lone Solitary Sandpiper fed on tadpoles in the car park pool at Coba.
Early in 2011 we returned to the Yucatan peninsular for another tour of the impressive Mayan sites and a taste of Central American birding.
For the first time we included Calakmul in the itinerary on which we also visited Uxmal, Tulum, Coba, Palenque and Chichen Itza.
Ocellated Turkeys are ridiculously tame and therefore easy to observe!
At Calakmul the forest shrouds the steps to high pyramids and the well preserved stelae
A constrictor in the hotel grounds at Uxmal
The pink lagoon at Celestun
15,000 flamingos an amazing audio visual experience
the mangroves at Celestun are home to a host of waterbirds and here we found a nest full of tiger herons
click here for details of our next tour to this destination