Ramon pulled the van over @ Laguna Silvituc. With no parking lot, we had to be very careful crossing the busy road here. 10 Snail Kite were on patrol. 3 Anhinga were watched. A White-collared Seedeater popped-up, and we noted 6 Purple, and 3 Common Gallinule.
We continued along Route 186. Eric started to scan some fields, part of the Usumacinta Marshes. We were in Campeche, but very close to the Tabasco border. A shout went up, "Jabiru!", then everything went mad! Ramon saw a spot where he could pull-in off the road.
As we completed our turn, a guy was walking toward us, with a horse. This was Jose, the ranch manager, who welcomed us to look around. Of course, we were already doing that! Jose thought it a good idea to clap his hands to flush birds. As he clapped, thousands of Blue-winged Teal flushed. 40 Black-bellied Whistling Duck, and 100 Fulvous Whistling Duck were well seen. 100 Wood Stork were nonchalantly flying around 11 Jabiru! 2 Bare-throated Tiger-Heron added to the excitement, and Grassland Yellow Finch flushed from the trail.
|Thousands of Blue-winged Duck take to the air.|
This was magical birding and you could hardly put your bins down. 480 Cattle Egret were tallied. Herons were everywhere. 12 Roseate Spoonbill added their colourful hues to proceedings. 105 White Ibis were counted. 40 Northern Jacana made the list.
A Ruddy Crake, and Sora were heard. 5 Fork-tailed Flycatcher looked resplendent, like exotic tree decorations, as they adjusted their positions to allow for the gentle breeze.
We said our farewells to Jose, who agreed to be photographed with his horse, posing by a tree. On the other side of the 186, the rays of the setting sun streamed down, steam rising from the pasture to bathe the horses in a golden light, a fitting way to end our travels in Campeche.
"It's never too late to start $$$$$ overseas birding"