Cuba Birding - 2nd-9th March 2005

Jim Rose and Dave Ferguson

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Hotel Pinares De Mayari
The Restaurant

 

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Hotel Pinares De Mayari
The view from our room.

 

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Hotel Pinares De Mayari
The grounds

 

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Pinares De Mayari
The track up the mountain

 

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Pinares De Mayari
The track up the mountain.  There were many tiny red flowers in the bushes that were presumably attractive to hummingbirds.

 

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Villa El Salton
Bird friendly hotel!

 

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Villa El Salton
The waterfall.  This was very productive for birds.

 

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Scene on the hills above the Villa El Salton.  This is a farmed area.  Even in the woods Cocoa was being grown.

 

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Dave and Ricardo searching for a Cuban Vireo which was calling in the distance.

 

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The cloud forest on the north side of the Sierra Maestra Mountains.

 

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The southern side of the Sierra Menstra mountains were much dryer with more scrub and less trees.

 

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Cabo Cruz - A headland on the south side of the island - A small village exists at the headland.  The lagoons just north of the village were teeming with waders, herons, etc.  A seawatch produced Magnificent Frigatebird, Royal and Caspian Terns.

 

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A small mixed plantation at Najasa produced Plain Pigeon, Cuban Parakeet and West Indian Woodpecker.

 

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Another of the Palm plantations at Najasa.  Here we unsuccessfully looked for Fernandina's Flicker.

 

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Signs promoting Fidel Castro were not uncommon.

 

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This type of sign was not uncommon in Cuba even though  Che Guevara was killed in 1967.

 

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Seawatching off the north coast just before leaving for the airport.  
It was hard to tear ourselves away!

All photographs by Jim Rose unless otherwise stated.   All photographs copyright 2005.

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