Cuba November 2007
Wildlife Trip report
and Photographs

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I had a few longer walks around the island (Cayo Guillermo) and also had two days more intensive birding with two different guides. The first worked as a guide at the Baga Natural Park (El Baga Parque Natural) on Cayo Coco. Baga has various Cuban Animals in enclosures like Crocodiles, Iguana and the Cuban Beavers. It also has extensive forested and mangrove areas. Tour guide Sandor Wart who was excellent fun and knowledgeable gave us the initial tourists tour around the park. We found out from him about a more specific birding tour that was available from another guide at the park, called Oday. We met him early the next day, and he was very friendly and knowledgable. I'd suggest asking at the park reception for the bird watching tour which is actually cheaper than the tourist tour, we gave him what we had saved as a tip. He was very successful at attracting various species including Cuban Tody, with a combination of pishing and recordings.

 


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Cuban Peewee (Contopus caribaeus) Cuban endemic. Seen several times on Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo

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Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii)
Seen aroung the Hotel and in Baga Park

 


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Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
A few birds seemed to be resident near the hotel on Cayo Guillermo

 


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Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Baga park

 


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) Resonably Common

 


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Cuban Rock Iguana or Cuban Iguana (Cyclura nubila nubila) Baga park

 


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American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) Baga Park

 


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Cuban Hutia or Desmarest's Hutia (Capromys pilorides) also referred to as Cuban Beaver and Tree Rat

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Red-legged Thrush (Turdus plumbeus)
Common around Baga Park


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Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor) Cuban endemic
Definitely my favourite bird of the trip. Colourful and tiny, this was the endemic i wanted most,
this bird responded to recordings with real attitude and character, brilliant.

 


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La Sagra's Flycatcher (Myiarchus sagrae)
One or two seen in Baga park

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Key West Quail-Dove (Geotrygon chrysia)
Baga Park

 


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Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)
Baga Park

 


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Willet (Tringa semipalmata )(formerly Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
Baga Park

 


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Cuban Green Woodpecker (Xiphidiopicus percussus) Cuban endemic
Seen at Baga Park and Cayo Paredon Grande

 


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Cuban Bullfinch (Melopyrrha nigra)
Baga Park


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Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivacea)
Baga Park

 


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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Seen at Baga Park and regularly hunting the beach at the Hotel

 


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Air plants in Baga park

 

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