On the Escarpment | BirdNote



On the Escarpment

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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In northwestern Belize a protracted, upward slope results in a clearing on the fringe of an escarpment. This rocky outcropping gives a sweeping view of the tropical forest under. Because the morning solar causes heat air to rise, a pair of White Hawks soars into view, the male calling.

[White Hawk, XC 188653, 0:15-0:19] 

In flight, a White Hawk is formed like a compact Purple-tailed Hawk. Glowing white general with black markings, its plumage is putting for a hawk. The pair scans under for reptile prey.

[White Hawk, XC 188653, 0:15-0:19] 

A diminutive, darkish falcon — a Bat Falcon — swoops in, alighting on a naked department. 

[Bat Falcon, ML 59199, 0:33-0:36]

Its blue-black head is patterned like a Peregrine Falcon’s. The white higher breast contrasts with a darkly barred chest and cinnamon stomach. This 10-inch falcon hunts on the wing, chasing down swifts, dragonflies, and the bats that give it its title. 

[Bat Falcon, ML 59199]
[Ornate Hawk-Eagle, ML 287386631]

Now a rhythmic cry attracts consideration to a big raptor — an Ornate Hawk-Eagle — perched on the forest edge with a Spider Monkey in its talons. Greater than two toes tall, the hawk-eagle’s head and neck are handsomely patterned in black, white and rust under a tall black crest. Its underparts are finely barred in black and white. 

[Ornate Hawk-Eagle, ML 287386631]

It’s nonetheless morning. What splendid raptor would possibly present up subsequent?

For BirdNote, I’m Ariana Remmel.

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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. White Hawk Xeno Canto 188653 recorded by R. Dela Rosa, Bat Falcon ML 59199 recorded by P. Schwartz, and Ornate Hawk-Eagle ML 287386631 recorded by R. Hatt.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote      August 2022      Narrator: Ariana Remmel

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