Archive | “June, 2017

Bee Hummingbird, Cuban endemic and smallest bird in the world

Published June 16, 2017 in Field Notes

I was going over some of the pictures from last trip to Cuba and I came upon some Bee Hummingbird pics. It is the smallest bird in the world and can only be seen in Cuba. The pictures don’t really show how tiny they are – it weighs an average of 2 grams! If anyone wants to join me next year, we are running several tours and there are still a few spaces. See more details here: http://whitehawkbirding.com/en/cuba.html

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Piping Plover at Cayo Coco, Cuba

Published June 7, 2017 in Field Notes

Birding in Cuba is all about the endemics, or so they say. But to be honest, this bird was my favorite of the Whitehawk Tour to Cuba last February. Piping plovers are threatened and endangered shorebirds in the US, and some of them spend the winter at the white beaches of Cuba. I hadn’t seen them until Bill Murphy found not one, but two birds while birding near our hotel in Cayo Coco. I laid on the ground in a very uncomfortable and uncool position, and one of the birds kept coming so close to the lens, that most of […]

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