Monthly Archives: February 2018

Not the plastic kind or the zoo kind


As promised, more flamingos from the salt ponds at Sint Willibrordus.

From the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, the Caribbean flamingo, known locally as Chogogo…

Curaçao also has a small but important colony of 200 to 300 individuals that arrived from Bonaire in the mid 1980s during a particularly rainy year. The Jan Kok salt ponds have received protection since 1999 due to their importance for the population. Curaçao flamingos also regularly fly out to Venezuela where food is more plentiful.

Curacao, a few more birds


Brown-throated Parakeet, on a cactus in the small town of Lagun, Curacao.


Saffron finches on a wire in Lagun.


Saffron finch.


Tropical Mockingbird. We are seeing and hearing these birds all over the island!


One of the many pretty beaches in Curacao.


And don’t forget another ubiquitous bird of the Caribbean, the hard working little hen!

First Curacao birds


Crested Caracara on a cactus.

A few birds from our first day in Curacao, with more later.


Bananaquit on a bookshelf in the outdoor cooking and dining area at our lodgings. The Dutch name for them translates as “sugar thief” – they will take the sugar right out of your sugar bowl.


Flamingos at the salt pond in Sint Willebrordus. I have more photos of these beautifully colored birds to share tomorrow.


A boldly colored Troupial after sunrise. They are New World orioles in the blackbird family.