Happy Holidays, December and January New Year 2018
Posted December 22, 2017
FLAAR Reports has two divisions; you are now on one of the web sites of the tropical Mesoamerica flora and fauna team. If you are interested in wide-format inkjet printers, we have an entire network to explain this technology: www.wide-format-printers.org
There is also a growing team of illustrators and graphic designers who do educational children’s books (to show the world the remarkable plants and animals of 2000 years of Mayan civilization in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador).
To experience remarkable tropical flowers of Guatemala, enjoy our www.maya-ethnobotany.org.
To see our newly launched cartoon book web site, look at our
Here you can see a video of Dr Nicholas interacting with a 350 pound tapir and her spotted baby.
Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture is indeed present in Guatemala
Posted Dec 21, 2017
All the reliable bird books on birds of Mexico, Guatemala, etc, carefully list four different vultures:
The black vulture, Coragyps atratus, is by far the most common: I see it in many parts of Guatemala and adjacent Honduras. We show photos of this black vulture on this web page of ours. And also in our article in REVUE magazine:
The King Vulture, Sarcoramphus papa, I have never seen in the wild in 54 years in Mesoamerica. I see it only at La Aurora Zoo. If you are a dedicated birder and have time to look specifically for this species eventually you can find it in the wild.
The Turkey Vulture I see frequently when driving through Guatemala (for decades; I first came to Mexico at age 16 in 1961 and to Guatemala at age 17 in 1962).
The Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture I rarely notice, but this week we found two overlooking the Canal de Chiquilumilla, Monterrico area, Pacific Coastal area of Guatemala, Central America.
I photographed these with a Nikon D5 camera:
- Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
- ISO speed: ISO-2500
- f/stop: f/11
- Exposure Time: 1/640 sec.
- Tripod: Gitzo (a serious professional model of theirs)
- Tripod head: Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II
Birds and Mammals of the Mayan Rain Forests: Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador
Posted Nov. 3, 2017
Nicholas first leaned about Howler Monkeys at age 16, while a backpacker, by himself, exploring the rain forests near Tenosique, Chiapas, Mexico (1962).
Now, over half a century later, Dr Nicholas has lived in the seasonal rain forests six years plus explored Mesoamerica for decades.
Our goal is to show all the animals which appear in Classic Maya art, in the Maya codices, Popol Vuh, and other Mayan sagas. Plus, to remind the world of the need to preserve the fragile eco-systems.
We are doing research on mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, and arachnids. Both zoological studies and also preparing books for children (and their parents and grandparents).
Here is half the team of illustrators, graphic designers, and animators in the FLAAR Mesoamerica office, with Dr Nicholas.
We are showing a set of our animal figures which wide-format inkjet printer companies kindly print for us so we can donate these posters to schools in remote mountain areas of Guatemala.
You can download 4-page previews of our MayanToons books on www.MayanToons.org
Although the 1st editions are mostly in English, the ABC educational books are trilingual (Mayan-Spanish-English). As soon as funding is available to us, we will put them into all the local languages of Guatemala to help the people in every part of the country.
Happy Halloween 2017
Mass of bright green butterfly larvae, Senahu, Guatemala
Two more kinds of spider webs in Guatemala
Posted August 07, 2017
Since spider web structure and spider web silk material is amazing biomaterial and remarkable structural engineering we enjoy looking for examples of every size and shape and structure of spider web.
Here are two frankly remarkable spiders: one for its web structure, the other for its size (but its orb webs are also of interest).
As soon as funding is available we can find examples of every spider genus in Guatemala.