One of the most rewarding aspects of living at Heliconia Haven,
is the opportunity to so closely observe nature. I have seen a long-tailed hermit
come right up to the face of a guest, hover for many long and fascinating seconds, inches
from her eyes,
before melting away into our verdant flora. Often, I can see four different species
of hummers at the same time.
I have also observed keel-billed toucans, a violaceous trogon, and parrots feeding
simultaneously in one cecropia tree.
Other sightings have included the blue crowned mot-mot, the laughing falcon,
white hawk, the jabiru stork, the king vulture...and...there are those who doubt it -
but with binoculars and bird book in hand, a
perched harpy eagle.
Almost daily, one can find the fascinating white collared manakins, dancing on
For that story >>Manakins
And, for over four years, I have observed
nesting under my thatch roof within a former oropendula nest
a mated pair of olive-backed euphonias, (photos above) with remarkable traits of avoiding predation.
For this story>>>>Euphonias