travelled to Aruba on Jan. 6-13th of 2007. While I didn't
do any serious birdwatching,
took pictures of the birds I came across at the hotels and beaches.
saw a few tropical mockingbirds at the beach at the Marriott
Hotel, as well as one at the Alto Vista Chapel.
Grackles were seen in the sand on the hotel beaches.
saw house sparrows along the beaches in the high rise hotel
saw these beautiful birds soaring above the shore in the high
rise hotel area. I took a short walk from the Marriott
beach to the sailing area, where I saw these birds flying above
think these are some kind of sandpipers.
I walked the beach to the sailing area, I noticed a wet area
in the bush behind the beach.
I saw the sandpipers, and I also saw a Carib Grackle.
saw many of these walking along the beaches in the high rise
hotel area. They would often come up fairly close.
They reminded me of the mourning doves that I see in my yard.
I didn't know what they were called until the end of my trip,
so I just called them mourning doves the whole time. I
also saw them at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. There they have
two macaws in a cage. The eared doves would fly between
the bars of the cage, and take the macaws' food, and then fly
back out of the cage.
saw a few of these birds along the beach at the Holiday Inn,
however, they were not as frequent visitors as the eared doves
or house sparrows.
can be seen everywhere along the shoreline. In there particular
pictures, I was on the glass bottom boat. The gulls were
hovering around a snorkelling boat at the Antilla shipwreck.
The captain of the glass bottom boat, gave us old bagels to
feed the fish, however, the laughing gulls, would fight for
the food as well.
visit to Aruba would be complete without watching the brown
pelicans. One of the most enjoyable experiences of my
trip was watching these birds soar through the sky and dive
for fish. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture
of them diving. Usually with the delay on my camera, I
would only catch the splash in the water. I saw these
birds everywhere along the beaches, but there were more of them
at Eagle Beach , where these pictures were taken.
also saw a few brown boobies at Eagle Beach . I guess
the ones I saw were immature because they were all solid brown,
and I didn't see any with white patches.
were also some other birds that I saw throughout my trip that
I was unable to get a good picture of:
Parakeet-I saw two of these fly across the road in the Alto
Vista Chapel Area
saw one land in a bush at the Holiday Inn but I was not fast
enough with the camera
saw a couple of these by the Alto Vista Chapel, and I also saw
one at the Holiday Inn beach, landed at the top of a tall tree
Egret-I would see one of these in the swamp at Bubali everytime
I would drive by on the highway