|La Sagra's Flycatcher|
|WIWD coming onto the garden lawns|
|Ruddy Duck and duckling|
|Not your every day twofer|
|NTCOs roosting in Casuarinas at sunset|
We stayed one day in Nassau before coming home. Just a 5 minute walk from our oceanfront mega-hotel, there was a small walking park along a freshwater pond. The first afternoon it was raining and the light was awful, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a very wet Red-Legged Thrush.
|lousy photo of a soaked Red-Legged Thrush|
|Yellow-Crowned Night Heron (juv.)|
|not a Loggerhead Kingbird (aka, a Grey Kingbird)|
The next morning I arrived early and got my lifer Least Bittern! I later found another in mature plumage across the pond a little later, so I guess its a good place for them.
In some ways this pond was a testament to how we, as humans, can go out of our way to create and promote healthy pockets of wildlife habitat even in the midst of rampant development. I suppose if the pond was left to grow on its own, soon it would be overrun with cattails and rushes and would cease to be a pond at all. Maybe that wouldn't be so great for the wildlife that needed some open water. Maybe that wouldn't be so great for folks like me who want to take photographs of cool and interesting birds. But as I watched adult coots trail in this machine's wake in what was just a few moments before their home, I couldn't help but wonder if our efforts sometimes do more harm than good.
|Man picking his nose while operating a Nest-Habitat-Destructor|