Twenty seven species of birds in three days. Twenty six of which are life ticks. Check me out with my birding terminology! A life tick is when you see a bird species for the first time in the wild.
Today (Sunday) we headed to Bonaire’s National Park. Washington Slagbaal National Park. It’s at the very northern tip of the island. Encompassing coastal areas of west and east. On the east side, the seas are rough, feisty and dangerous. On the west side, the seas are calm and bursting with reef life.
Lots of cactus, dry red dust, and miles of bumpy track to drive along. Followed by more Snorkeling (fully clothed to cover up the red sore bits.
In between Snorkeling, we rested and hid in a cave. Out of the fierce sunlight. The cave itself was formed from ancient coralline beds.
Parrot fish – Midnight, Stoplight, Rainbow, Spotted moray eel, hiding beneath some reef. Another snorkeler pointed him out to me.
A school of about thirty Blue tang. I swam along with them for a while. They didn’t seem to mind.
Gorgeous Orange tube sponge.
French angel fish, Triton’s trumpet.
There are also salt pans within the park. Hanging out at these were the enormous and spectacularly pink Greater flamingo, lots of waders, herons and terns. By this time my fellow volunteers were eager to get home, so I had no opportunity to identify the waders and terns.
Today’s other new birds:
Brown booby – three of them chilling by a cliff edge.
Great blue heron – juvenile.
Common ground dove.
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