January 24, 2014

early Friday

Grimsby HANDS Team:

Good morning from Managua

Friday morning at 6am.  The sun is just begining to come up and the roosters have announced that it is probably time to start thinking of getting out of bed.  Another beautiful day in Nicaragua.

I thought that for this morning's entry, I'd focus on another aspect of our trip that I talked about briefly yesterday, birds. We have two avid birders on our team and they are loving every minute down here.  Unless they are mixing concrete, it is rare to see either Sid or Tony without a camera or binoculers.  They are often missing in action while the rest of the team is relaxing with a coffee. When they return to the group, they spend some time looking at the pictures on Sid's camera and comparing them to the pictures in Tony's book (best not to disturb them during this time, they won't hear you anyway).

What strikes me is the amazing diversity of the birds here.  There are tiny hummingbirds that cling to the branches of the trees on the windy days and there are huge vultures that soar effortlessly hundreds of metres above us without moving a muscle.  There are birds that are completely black and then there's pastor Sid's (current) favourite, the turquoise-browed motmot.

The turquoise-browed motmot is the national bird of Nicaragua and it is beautiful, like nothing we have in Canada. Its feathers are brightly coloured and behind it's tail there are two thin threads that hang down with feathers on the end.  When it flys, those two tail feathers flutter up and down.  It's amazing that it doesn't get tangled in the branches.

I've attached a (very) few of the pictures that Sid has taken up to now just to give you a taste of the bird life here.  Another amazing piece of God's creation here.

hasta la vista

all photo credits today: pastor Sid


shoelbak tournament results

1st  Jon M, 2nd Jack, 3rd Randy





Jan 24, 2014 at 8:16 am

We are really enjoying following your blog.Thank you for the regular updates and the photos. Glad everyone is still happy and healthy. Enjoy your educational day today and well deserved rest from hauling concrete.

Jan 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

Is so great to see the updates on the blogs every A.M. and P.M. What a nice country and now the pictures of the beautiful birds! God's creation sure is wonderful! Glad nobody has a sore back from hauling all the concrete. Enjoy the rest of your stay!

Jan 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

Glad to see all is well with the team. These blog entries are great! Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date.

Jan 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I love reading your blog and seeing the pictures. Awesome!

Jan 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Beautiful pictures!! I also am enjoying the blog :)

Jan 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm

randy! looks to me like you should consider quitting your day job, you are quite the journalist! One wonders what other hidden talents you may have....

keep up the good work guys, looks like a great cause to be a part of.

Jan 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

enjoy the updates - I knew we would get some bird pictures eventually! blessings to all1

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