Piping Plover at Cayo Coco, Cuba

Published June 7, 2017 in Field Notes
One of the two Piping Plovers seen on the last Whitehawk tour to Cuba

One of the two Piping Plovers seen on the last Whitehawk tour to Cuba

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 the time I couldn’t focus.

Birding in Cuba, ultimately, is so much more than seeing the endemics, there’s great birding, people, culture and food! If you are interested, there are still a few spaces available in our tour next February. More info here.