On 11 March 2017, the day after 10 March, we went to Cayo Coco island, from Camaguey in Cuba. In the morning in Camaguey, these flowers. And house sparrows.
8:27: a red-tailed hawk in a tree along the road.
9:25: great egret and cattle egrets.
Later, an eastern meadowlark.
Cattle egrets in a tree.
Greater Caribbean grackle.
A white-winged dove.
11:21: a little blue heron along the road.
11:41: a great lizard cuckoo crosses the road.
This is a great lizard cuckoo video. These birds live only on Cuba and a few other islands.
We are on the causeway to the small islands north of Cuba proper. Sandwich terns flying.
As we arrive on Cayo Coco, a northern mockingbird sings.
A common ground dove in a garden.
A northern flicker nest along the road.
Along the road to Cayo Romano island, Zenaida doves.
We arrive at a bridge linking Cayo Coco to Cayo Romano.
Cuban black hawk.
A flock of royal terns resting.
This is a royal tern video.
A reddish egret.
A flock of 25 grey plovers.
A yellow-crowned night heron.
A magnificent frigatebird flying.
This is a magnificent frigatebird video from the Galapagos islands.
Cave swallows flying around. They have nests under the bridge.
This video says about itself:
26 January 2016
A Cave Swallow works on its nest in a cave in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. These birds are colonial and place their nests on a vertical wall, usually in the twilight zone of a cave or sinkhole. They make their flattened cup nests of mud pellets, sometimes with sides extending up and enclosing the bowl. Nests may be covered, with a small entrance tunnel on one side, and are lined with grass and plant fibers.
Video recorded by Eric Liner/Macaulay Library
A female red-breasted merganser swims.
As we go back, a northern crested caracara drinking from a puddle at a crossroads.
This December 2016 video shows a northern crested caracara drinking in the garden of Iberostar Daiquiri hotel, Cayo Coco.
After nearly two years of planning, a team of scientists from the US and Cuba has explored never-before-studied mesophotic coral reefs during a month-long circumnavigation of the entire coast of Cuba, spanning about 1,500 miles. Except for a few places along the coast, prior to this expedition, there were virtually no data or charts indicating what was beyond the shallow reef zone: here.
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