A fantastic start to the day as I had a meeting with HM the Queen, not personally you understand but on the stage of ‘World Listing’ my ‘Counties Visited’ now reaches the same number as her good self, 133! As far as ‘birding’ is concerned Belaire doesn’t have a lot more to offer than has already been seen this trip, and it very quickly became apparent that the best site (National Nature Reserve) to the north is only accessible by 4 wheel-drive. Peter, Janet and I decided on a taxi to the southern edge of the Reserve, starting in what must be the smallest village in the world - No Houses!but first a few shots during our departure form
cosists of a couple of sheds and as the name suggests, 2 Wells,
both are in fact medium size ponds
BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO despite the lack of moustachial stripe.
Some of the previous images shoe 'stands' of tall Cactus which we marveled at for looking so spindly that they might be toppled by the lightest breath of wind. We then noted this one that had snapped off to reveal the 'strength within. Like steel rods reinforcing concrete, these natural 'rods' seem to serve the same function.
We had given as close an inspection as we could, through dense vegetation, at one of the pond to find nothing.
On our return we started a Wild Boar at the wallow and this BLACK-NECKED STILT*, the America's version on our own,
Here VOYAGER can be seen middle distance.