My first earthquake in Honduras! Two rumbles maybe two seconds apart.
Outside my friend John's apartment in Honduras. I used to live in this complex too. There is never any shortage of bats here. Day, night, doesn't matter. Sometimes we used to stand outside at night and feel them fly by our faces, trusting that they wouldn't bump or bite us. But then John got bumped too frequently, and my rabies vaccine (from when I visited Siberia in winter) got a bit too old to be effective with confidence, so nowadays I come and go more quickly. Still, it's a pretty wonderful thing to experience nature so close. Sometimes they get inside the apartment. That's a bit too close.
There is nothing special about these videos. Just some rain and thunder, but someday when I'm gone from this island I'll be glad to travel back in time and get wet.
It doesn't matter how often you clean. Weekly. Daily. Hourly. Turn your back for five minutes and the spiders are right back to work. I don't mind, though. I think spiders eat mosquitoes, and with chikungunya currently infecting the island, we need all the help we can get.
This guy got a little friendly and surprised me in the dark, nibbling at my feet.
We spotted at least 102 species in a little more than one hour at Lake Yojoa in Honduras, including one of my favorite birds, the Baltimore oriole: American coot, American redstart, Baltimore oriole, bare-throated tiger heron, barred antshrike, belted kingfisher, black vulture, black-bellied whistling duck, blue-black grassquit, blue-crowned motmot, blue-grey tanager, blue-winged teal, boat-billed flycatcher, bronzed cowbird, brown jay, cattle egret, chestnut-sided warbler, cinnamon hummingbird, clay-colored thrush, collared aracari, common gallinule, common tody-flycatcher, common yellowthroat, crested caracara, dusky-capped flycatcher, empidonax (perhaps Hammond’s flycatcher), ferruginous pygmy owl, fork-tailed flycatcher, fulvous whistling ducks, gartered trogon, giant cowbird, golden-fronted woodpecker, golden-olive woodpecker, grey catbird, grey hawk, grey-breasted crake, greyish saltator, great blue heron, great crested flycatcher, great egret, great kiskadee, great-tailed grackle, green heron, groove-billed ani, hooded warbler, house wren, Inca dove, keel-billed toucan, least grebe, limpkin, little blue heron, magnolia warbler, masked tityra, melodious blackbird, Montezuma oropendola, Muscovy duck, northern jacana, olive-throated parakeet, orchard oriole, osprey, pale-billed woodpecker, peregrine falcon, pied-billed grebe, purple gallinule, red-lored parrot, roadside hawk, rose-breasted grosbeak, rose-throated becard, ruddy crake, ruddy ground dove, rufous-tailed hummingbird, scissor-tailed flycatcher, short-tailed hawk, snail kite, snowy egret, social flycatcher, southern rough-winged swallow, spot-breasted oriole, spot-breasted wren, spotted sandpiper, squirrel cuckoo, streak-headed woodcreeper, stripe-throated hermit, summer tanager, Tennessee warbler, tricolored heron, tropical kingbird, tropical parula, turkey vulture, turquoise-browed motmot, Vaux’s swift, white-collared seedeater, white-collared swift, white-winged dove, willow flycatcher, Wilson’s warbler, yellow warbler, yellow-bellied elaenia, yellow-bellied flycatcher, yellow-breasted chat, yellow-olive flycatcher, yellow-throated vireo, yellow-winged tanager.
And there's a cat in the distance too.
San Pedro Zacapa, on the shore of Lake Yojoa, in Santa Bárbara, Honduras.
Before sunrise at the lake, 5:23 in the morning, northwestern side, waiting for a ride to San Pedro Zacapa, southwestern side, to go see some birds before it gets too hot and the birds seek cover deep in the trees. To get from the northwestern to southwestern shore of the lake, you've got to drive around the eastern side of the lake because that's where there is a road. There aren't that many roads in Honduras, and the ones they've got are generally not that great.
After insomnia kept me up all night, and with two hours of ferries and seven hours of buses ahead, I paid an extra 99 lempiras ($4.50) for a first-class ticket on the ferry. The thinking was that I could sleep in the reclining seats, but instead I'm drinking black coffee and taking selfies in a seat that doesn't recline.
I'm the baby with 500 dives. Courtney 1000. Bugs 1200. Tom 2000. John 5500. Mickey 10000.