The first birds we see there are crested oropendola, yellow-headed caracara, and tropical kingbird.
A rusty-margined flycatcher.
A solitary sandpiper flying overhead.
A tropical kingbird chasing away a yellow-headed caracara.
A ringed kingfisher. There has been sand quarrying here in the past. It has stopped now, leaving many ponds.
A paradise jackamar.
A male pompadour cotinga on a distant tree.
Footprints of a crab-eating raccoon in the wet sandy path.
A tropical mockingbird. A red-billed toucan.
More footprints, this time tailprints as well: of a green iguana.
A little frog in a puddle.
Then, a special bird. A fork-tailed flycatcher, on a shrub not far away. This winter migrant prefers open space to rainforests. So, this is one of few places in Suriname where one may see it.
At Zanderij airport, we search for another North American migrant, the eastern meadowlark. Sometimes, a few wintering ones can be seen here. Sometimes they cannot be seen. Today they cannot.
Dynamics of the Leaf-Litter Arthropod Fauna Following Fire in a Neotropical Woodland Savanna: here.
January 2011. The rich grasslands in South America, home to one of the world’s most valuable ecosystems is fast disappearing and migratory grassland birds, which play an important role by dispersing seeds and controlling insects, are also rapidly declining in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay: here.
- Republic of Suriname (lawprofessors.typepad.com)