Cuba November 2007
Wildlife Trip report
and Photographs

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I only spent half a day on mainland Cuba, with a second bird watching guide called Paulino Lopez Delgado, I was put in touch with him through the Thomas Cook rep, we spent the morning on Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco and visited Cayo Paredon Grande. In the afternoon we traveled to Loma de Cunagua, which is a large protected forested mountain/hill near Moron on the mainland. I hoped to see Cuba's national bird the Cuban Trogon, and did with ease, we also picked up plenty of other species along the way, Paulino was very knowledgeable and could have taken me to many other sites had we had the time. He also made use of recordings to attract the various target species.


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Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus)
Seen regularly on the Cays, normally walking around.


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Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus) Cuban endemic
Cuba's national bird seen at Loma de Cunagua

 


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Bahama Mockingbird (Mimus gundlachii) Cayo Guillermo


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Cuban Gnatcatcher (Polioptila lembeyei) Cuban endemic
Second to the Cuban Tody, this was my favourite bird of the trip. Not being familiar with them Ii wondered
if one might appear in response to recordings, but suddenly they were everywhere!


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Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Cayo Guillermo


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Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Fairly common in coastal areas


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Zapata Sparrow (Torreornis inexpectata)
Cuban endemic, seen briefly at Cayo Paredon Grande


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Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis zena)
Seen at Baga Park and Cayo Paredon Grande


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Julia Butterfly (Dryas julia)

 


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Loggerhead Kingbird (Tyrannus caudifasciatus)
Seen a few times on Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo

 


Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Cayo Paredon Grande and Loma de Cunagua


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Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Loma de Cunagua and Baga Park

 


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Royal Tern (Sterna maxima)
Common in coastal areas

 


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Cuban Beaver

 


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Various palm species, Cuba