Cuba - Part 4 - Cayo Coco birding
So this is what a Caribbean holiday is meant to be like........
Not on your nelly! There were birds to be had! We planned to start early at the "Wild Boar Park" where there were some drinking pools in amongst the dense forest of the cays at which we might get a glimpse of all sorts of birds including Key-West Quail Dove and Zapata Sparrow. There was no sign of the lads at their room so I made my way to the car park quietly and had my first tick of the day with this Yellow-crowned Night Heron walking along the path in front of me in the dim pre-dawn light (iPhone picture!)
|Yellow-crowned Night Heron - it is night still!|
I got to the car and no-one was there so I traipsed back to the rooms and knocked on their door a little harder - they'd overslept! Without too much more of ado, we got to the first destination in time to see lots of birds - Oriente Warbler were very noisy and conspicuous along with Todys, Spindalis and all manner of American warblers.
|Western Spindalis or Stripe-headed Tanager|
|Stilt Sandpipers and a Black-necked Stilt|
A visit to a nearby beach produces more frigate birds and this very obliging Black Hawk!
|Cuban Black Hawk|
|An assortment of waders|
The next morning I decided to have a coffee in the bar as I was fed up of missing breakfast. The lads managed to get up on time-ish - they missed the Y-c Heron. It was off to Cayo Romano today via what was suppsed to be a rather dodgy bridge. Fortunately for us, they'd built the best bridge in the country - leading, on the face of it to nowhere, the road blocked by a metal chain. There were more gulls and herons here but we needed to head off to an area near the lighthouse where we found our target species really quickly. Cuban Gnatcatchers were in the birst bit of scrub we came to (and then were prominent all along the path) and Thick-billed Vireos were singing all over the place.
There were yet more Frigates overhead...
On our way back we enjoyed more of the cuban avifauna with Cuban Pewees again prominent and - a Lesser Black-backed Gull? No, two LBBGs!
|Lesser Black-backed Gull and Laughing Gulls|