Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bahamas Part 1

A quick walk through the garden before sunset confirmed I was no longer in Maine.  Most of the following photos are taken at Calypso, my family's property on the north shore of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

White-cheeked Pintail

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Cape May Warblers were everywhere the first couple of days, trapped by north-westerly winds.  On our third day, the winds had finished a shift to the south-east and the Cape Mays had disappeared.

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

This was an exciting way to begin our vacation.  Embarrassingly, I misidentified these as Fulvous Whistling Ducks for a couple days until I checked e-bird and saw how rare that would be.  These are in fact West Indian Whistling Ducks, which are just as awesome from a life-list perspective.  They are flagged as rare for the area.

West Indian Whistling Ducks

West Indian Whistling Duck

Not a great photo of a Prothonotary, but a bird I have only seen once before.  Unfortunately, they seem to have left the island with the exodus of Cape Mays and the return of favorable migration winds.

Prothonotary Warbler

Eleuthera is one of the best places in the world to see this strange and wonderful bird.  They are fairly common in the gardens at Calypso, and will often seek out human company.  They will then skulk around, contorting their heads and bodies in bizarre poses as they hop from perch to perch and study you with one of their crazy, lolling eyes.

Great Lizard Cuckoo

Thick-billed Vireos are both common and gregarious and you will hear them throughout the day.

Thick-billed Vireo

Greater Antillean Bullfinch

Gumbo Limbo trees provide passerines with a steady source of forage through spring migration.  

Gumbo Limbo Tree

Western Spindalis

Bahama Woodstar

Bahama Mockingbird

Common Moorhen

American Coot with chicks

American Coot

Black-necked Stilt

Green Heron

Governor's Harbor is a home to a large number of Laughing Gulls, and a great spot to find marine species.

Laughing Gull

Royal Tern

American Kestrel

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Cape May Warbler

Dusk at Calypso


  1. Here's drone footage of the West Indian Whistling Ducks - my first attempt at drone-birding!