With 2020 in the rearview mirror, many of us were happy to say goodbye to the challenging year. It will undoubtedly be one for the history books, good, bad, and not so great…but we love those who found the time (and heart) to celebrate the beauty the year offered as well. Our good friend Francis Canto Jr, birder, and photographer extraordinaire is one of those gifted individuals who doesn’t let anything get in his way of loving the natural world around him. We were honored to feature his beautiful toucan photo (the national bird of Belize) on the cover of our September/October 2018 issue of My Beautiful Belize. We were super proud when in August 2020, the Belize Postal Service, in conjunction with the Belize Audubon Society, launched a series of 14 bird stamps titled “Resident Birds of Belize.” Each stamp featured one of Frances’s photos.
A few weeks ago, Frances posted his 2020 greatest hit’s bird list along with stunning photographs. He was more than happy to allow us to share these with our readers, who appreciate all things beautiful about Belize. Thank you, Frances, and we cannot wait to see your list for 2021!
Frances Canto Jr – January 1, 2021:
In 2020 before the pandemic hit I was fortunate enough to be able to bird and guide all over my beautiful Belize. I met a lot of great people, visited some amazing places, and photographed some cool birds. This I couldn’t have accomplished without my family, friends, and fellow birders. Here is a small sample of some of my favorite birds and photographs from 2020. I just want to wish all my family and friends near and far a Happy New Year!