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Gallery of Cuba 2016 images


First morning, full of expectation

Olive-capped Warbler has a fragmented distribution in east and west Cuba and the northern Bahamas. Inhabits stands of pine, mostly in highlands

Red-legged Thrush, a striking Caribbean endemic

Cuban Trogon - the country's national bird

American Flamingo - with the majority of the population shared between Cuba, Mexico, Bahamas, Hispaniola and Venezuela, surely Caribbean Flamingo would be a better name?

Cuban Emerald
Cape May Warbler winters commonly on the northern cays, here a male

Cuban Parrot

The team working hard as usual

Short-billed Dowitchers at Las Salinas

Ovenbird sightings can be expected daily in the winter months

Bee Hummingbird, smallest bird in the world. Hummingbirds are only found from Alaska south to Chile, getting their name from the humming sound of their beating wings which flap so fast they are audible to human ears. In mid-hover their wings can flap up to 80 times per second

Nest - Bee Hummingbird, an old nest placed on show for visitors by the garden owner. Only thimble sized and seen here against a human finger, what an amazing tiny structure in which to start life

Black-throated Blue Warbler - a stunning male. At least 12 species of North American wood warblers are found commonly wintering in Cuba with a few other species also seen from time to time

Cuban Parakeet - occurs only on mainland Cuba, usually in secondary forest or in savannas with palms, close to marshes. Our guide knew of their feeding and roosting areas, enabling us to see this lovely species relatively easily Cuban Pewee- found only on Cuba and the Bahamas where it is a permanent resident. We soon grew accustomed to the pale crescent immediately behind the eye, the most straightforward way to separate it from its fellow resident flycatcher, La Sagra's

Cuban Tody - a most beautiful endemic bird which despite its bright colours, often managed to camouflage itself amongst the dappled mosaic of sunlit leaves and shade of the forest edges. A favourite amongst our group
Flambeau butterfly - some quite stunning butterflies drifted past us each day

fortune teller busy at work in Old Havana

American Redstarts use a variety of woodland and scrub habitats in winter, including town parks, mangroves and secondary forest from sea level to 1300 metres

Common Ground-dove

Laughing gulls loafing on Cayo Coco

Oriente Warbler forms a closely related species pair with Yellow-headed Warbler. Both are rather common if you know where to look and both are endemic to Cuba

A cobbled street in Trinidad

West Indian Whistling-duck

Yellow Warbler

Zapata Sparrow - one of a trio of species with Zapata in their name. Along with the Zapata Wren and Zapata Rail, all three were discovered new to science within the space of a few months in 1926 La Sagra's Flycatcher - slightly larger than and lacking the white eye marking of Cuban Pewee, this species is found right across the island in suitable habitat

Playa Larga - we enjoyed a four night stay at Playa Larga on the shores of the famous Bay of Pigs, site of the failed CIA orchestrated invasion attempt in April 1961

Blue-headed Quail dove - we saw this lovely species at two sites; one a specially erected screen hidden in the secondary forest on the Zapata peninsula, and another within the confines of Cueva de Los Peces ( Cave of the Fishes). Breath-taking beauty!

An exciting boat trip into the Zapata swamp produced our first Zapata Sparrows in the lush waterside vegetation

Western Spindalis (formerly Striped-headed Tanager) - another quite stunning species which was a group favourite

Northern Parula - another of the more frequently encountered North American wood warblers, seen on almost any walk, even in the parks in central Havana

Swainson's Warbler - one of the hard to see North American wood-warblers. It is found wintering in Cuba in reasonable numbers amongst the leaf litter of the forest floor. For many amongst our group this was a new species

The Valle de Vinales- a unique landscape featuring mogotes - gigantic karst formations that resemble sugar loaves

Cuban Pygmy Owl
Grey-fronted Quail-dove in the Cienaga de Zapata National Park

Street music

Our hotel in Havana the Telegrapho

Living it up inTrinidad

Havana harbour

We would like to thank Alan Hayden, Jean Southworth and Andrew Ashworth for their photos used in this gallery.


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