I have been here for 7 days now. And leaving tomorrow. This week has passed way to quick. It is a water park for birders. A huge area of natural beauty.
A few thoughts on the area as far as birding is concerned.
1: Take at least one boat trip. Find a good guide and let him show you the water birds in the lagoon in Rio Lagartos. It is well worth the trip. About 700 pesos. The boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius) was my favoriate. I did not get a good shot of it, but watched it for a few minutes.
2: I took one day to explore around the town. There are pelicans and Magnificent frigatebirds everywhere.
3: Make sure you rent a car before coming here. Then head out to Las Coloradas. This is where the real action begins. It is a huge salt flat. And the birding there is other worldly. Really a nice birding experence.
The thing that struck me is the size of the place. Roughly 40,000 Flamingos. Herons, quail, pelican's, every time you turn around you will see a bird.
I am not going to bore you with a long list of bird sightings. I saw most of the sought after birds here. It took me a few days to find them, but mission acomplished.
The town is very small and relaxing. A great place to unwind and relax for a few days. I stayed at a very nice hotel for 450 pesos a night. Well worth it. Great folks here.
My advice is be kind and supportive of the locals. After getting to know the hotel staff. They helped me with every day chores and made my life very enjoyable.
These guys are here by the thousands. Very easy to take.
Flamingos (or flamingoes)
Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violate)
As usual if you want to see more pics of birds in this area head over to my flickr site here: Garys flickr site
All the best and good birding, Gary