Arrived back in the UK today after two weeks hammering the woods, marshes, rainforests, highlands and coastal scrub of glorious, insane and supercool Mexico with Tropical, Bazzo and "Er Neill" (he can drive calmly through the maddest towns, stare down howler monkeys and laugh in the face of the Aztec two-step, but still no nickname).
The trip was astonishing - 359 species, plus a few more heard but not seen, monkeys, alligators, crocs, iguanas, ocelot, 7 million Free Tailed Bats leaving a roost, Mayan temples and the daily vibrant chaos of this great country.
In case you're wondering, the birdies on this entry are the supersexy Vermillion Flycatcher, and the foxy little Bat Falcon.
None of us were bitten by snakes, kidnapped by bandits or driven insane by the steaming darkness of the deepest rainforests, and although most got to dance the Aztec two-step during the 3,459 km journey, we all returned jetlagged, but with the image of an Agami on a dark forest stream burned onto the back of our retinas..
I'll post a series of entries over the next few days breaking the trip down into five sections:
1. Felippe Carillo Puerto and the Vigia Chica Road
4. Chiapas highlands and Sumidero canyon
5. North Yucatan coastal strip
But right now I need a bit more kip.
Thanks to the wonderful Mrs D for looking after the blog for me while I've been away - and muchas gracias to my travelling companions for our best trip yet.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....