This was our last day at Chan Chich Lodge in Gallon Jug, Belize. From there we flew to Ambrigris Caye with a side trip to Crooked Tree. I'll save that part of our trip for another time.
2/19/2005 (Saturday) – We slept in until 7:15 and then had breakfast. We got ourselves packed up and then decided to take a final walk down the road to the bridge. Saturday is apparently re-supply day as there were several loaded trucks on the road. The birds were quiet and we saw fewer than on previous mornings. We did see a White-eyed Vireo, and then as we neared the lodge a trio of noisy Masked Tityra perched overhead.
While waiting on the porch of the Looter’s Trench Bar to leave, our driver/guide Luis pointed out a pair of Ornate Hawk-Eagles circling high in the sky. He then spotted a much lower Black Hawk-Eagle. The single Black Hawk-Eagle had very broad wings and a long banded tail. Near the airport we saw Northern Rough-winged Swallows and a Vermillion Flycatcher.
From the sky Wally reappeared in the trusty Cessna 172. We took off toward Ambergris Caye, again crossing miles of forest and then a large area of swamps and lagoons. Wally pointed out a large and beautiful Mayan ruin near the coast. We crossed a short stretch of blue ocean, then landed at San Pedro Airport. The airport was little more than a paved strip with a small terminal building.