So there we are in Honduras. And what is the national bird of Honduras? Those amazing Scarlet Macaws, bird-dream of a photographer. Like many other parrots and toucans, you can meet them in tropical forest between south Mexico to Amazonian Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. And you can be sure – you will remember those meetings!
So symbolic, huge (up to 80 cm), colourful parrots, sitting on your arm and looking into your eyes. There are many exciting birds in the jungle, but nothing can compare with Scarlet Macaws (and same size: Red-and-green Macaw and Blue-and-yellow Macaw). The name comes of course from the colour: scarlet, from Persian, is a bright red. Their tails are very long, it takes more than half of their body. They are not very picky eaters: they eat basically any tropical fruits and nuts they can find. What is really interesting that they mate for life (which means for 50 years!) and that without DNA check it’s difficult to distinguish male and female.
In different corners of our trip we had a chance to see some flocks of parrots, or a pair flying above the forest canopy. But you never know when will this moment happen, and when it comes, the most probable is that Mila wants to drink or Hanna wants to pee. Exactly in this moment. But there are nice places like nature reserves, where also a bit sick or more familiar with people parrots are. Those, which were captured by some people, who tried to smuggle them, etc etc. In those reserves, other people free them, feed at the beginning and they are slowly again getting used to natural environment. It is illegal to buy, sell or use in any commercial activities those Scarlet Macaws but you can often see Maya people collecting their feathers in the jungle. I’ve got for example beautiful earrings with a feather of a very green, small parrot.
We decided to visit this reserve mainly because of the girls, that they can easily see the parrots, without breaking their necks while watching the sky in the jungle. But to be honest, we were both so excited about contact with them that we couldn’t leave the place for some hours. Hanna made her first picture ever (which is really cool, what do you think?) and of course from now on: what do they want to take home from the trip? At least a small parrot. Or this funny toucan.
Our first book is out!
We have published our first book (for now just in Polish:) about our Central America Trip.
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