Posts tagged as “Field Notes

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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Cuban Solitaire near Viñales

Published April 15, 2017 in Field Notes

One of my favorite endemics from Cuba is the plain-colored and shy Cuban Solitaire. As all solitaires, it has an otherworldly, mesmerizing song, which makes up for its rather dull appearance. It posed beautifully in flowering trees thanks to Nils Navarro abilities. Nils gave an introduction about Cuban endemics and his work in the country to our Whitehawk’s group, which was a real highlight for everyone. Thanks Nils! To all those visiting Cuba, I can recommend Nils’ book on Cuban bird endemics. You can read more about his book here: http://www.birdscaribbean.org/…/groundbreaking-endemic-bir…/ And for those interested in visiting the country, you […]

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Next Cuba Tour in February 2018

Published April 9, 2017 in Field Notes

The Cuban Pygmy Owl is one of the endemics you can find in Cuba and definitely among my favorites. There are good chances to see it this well during the next tour to Cuba, that I will be leading. If you always wanted to visit Cuba and have some days available next February, there are still a few spaces available! You can find all the information you need here: http://whitehawkbirding.com/en/cuba.html

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