Puerto Rico Day Five: Finally Some Birds On the Ballena Trail In The Dry Forest
I awoke early Monday morning at the Copamarina resort and was off to find the sunrise. I had done some research and now knew the trail I hiked on Sunday afternoon was called the Ballena trail. It led from beautiful Ballena Beach up into the dry forest. I decided to watch the sunrise from the beach .
As I walked in the early morning sun I was attacked by swarms of gnat like insects. They were everywhere for about 15 minutes. I think the heat from the rising sun caused them to disappear as suddenly as they appeared. These insects may have attracted some of the birds I saw such as this warbler. A birder friend believes it may be an Adelaide’s warbler. .
I was delighted to see another exotic, and beautiful bird, a troupial. I immediately noticed the bright orange plumage and was able to get a few photographs of this beautiful bird, a relative of the oriole.
I saw many turkey vultures flying overhead and many gray king birds perched in the trees. The environment changed completely once I again entered the shade of the mountains and the thicker vegetation that grew there.
I met a ranger who only spoke Spanish but also a student from Maine who translated for me and recommended some hiking trails. She was staying in the dry forest to do research on the birds. She pointed out this pearly eyed thrasher as we walked from the visitor center.
I was in a thick forest of larger trees. It was now later in the morning and getting hot so the birds were becoming less active. This would be a great area for an early morning walk since their were many trees laden with all types of exotic fruit.
There were still some birds in the forest, mainly my new Puerto Rico favorite the toady. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Puerto Rico Day Five: Ballena Trail Hike Birds February 12 2018
including these wasps or bees that hoovered in mid air. It took awhile but I was able to get this photograph. It isn’t very clear but it was amazing how they would stay in one place for long periods of time.
It was almost noon when I returned to my car and I was hungry and thirsty after the almost five mile hike in the dry forest. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike on Ballena Trail. Puerto Rico Day Five Ballena Trail walk.
I will admit I was a little tired from the hike so spent a few hours planning the next leg of my adventure in Puerto Rico and editing photographs. By 3 p.m. I was rested and ready to again explore the area. I drove back to beautiful Ballena Beach.
I enjoyed walking the beach but, even with the refreshing breeze, it was still hot and it was a long day. I headed back to the resort for a short rest before I walked out to watch the sunset but it was hidden behind some clouds. Still a beautiful scene it was. I had a nice dinner and again sat by the fire at the beach before retiring for a well deserved sleep. I was falling in love with Puerto Rico. Here is a link to some more photographs from my afternoon hike. Puerto Rico Day Five: Ballena Beach Hike February 12 2018.
For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine. Janine M. Benyus