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November 10-20, 2018. It was primarily a birding tour, but I also took photos of other creatures, scenery, and even some noteworthy buildings.
Introduction
Introduction
Hotel Sevilla Exterior Havana Cuba 18-11-10 After arriving at the Havana airport, we were taken to our hotel, the famous and historic (but a bit run down) Hotel Sevilla, where we were abandoned by our...
Hotel Sevilla Exterior Havana Cuba 18-11-10
After arriving at the Havana airport, we were taken to our hotel, the famous and historic (but a bit run down) Hotel Sevilla, where we were abandoned by our…
Lobby Hotel Sevilla Havana Cuba 18-11-10 This photo only shows part of the lobby. The lounge area is to the right. After finally getting to our room on the 2nd floor, we rested a little. Just as we...
Lobby Hotel Sevilla Havana Cuba 18-11-10
This photo only shows part of the lobby. The lounge area is to the right. After finally getting to our room on the 2nd floor, we rested a little. Just as we…
Western Spindalis Female Hotel Mirador Cuba 18-11-11 We had to get up very early on the 11th before the hotel restaurant was open. We had a meager breakfast at the 24 hour snack bar and were underway well before...
Western Spindalis Female Hotel Mirador Cuba 18-11-11
We had to get up very early on the 11th before the hotel restaurant was open. We had a meager breakfast at the 24 hour snack bar and were underway well before…
Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile El Patate Reservoir Cuba 18-11-11 We next made a roadside stop around 8:30 AM at a body of water called El Patate Reservoir where we saw this juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron.
Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile El Patate Reservoir Cuba 18-11-11
We next made a roadside stop around 8:30 AM at a body of water called El Patate Reservoir where we saw this juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron.
Purple Gallinule Juvenile HDR El Patate Reservoir Cuba 18-11-11 Another bird we saw at El Patate Reservoir was this juvenile Purple Gallinule. The birds were distant, and lighting was difficult. The "HDR" in the title means...
Purple Gallinule Juvenile HDR El Patate Reservoir Cuba 18-11-11
Another bird we saw at El Patate Reservoir was this juvenile Purple Gallinule. The birds were distant, and lighting was difficult. The "HDR" in the title…
Eastern Meadowlark Male Singing Cuba 18-11-11 Along the road to our next destination, we made a stop for two male Eastern Meadowlarks singing close on each side of the road. This photo and the following one...
Eastern Meadowlark Male Singing Cuba 18-11-11
Along the road to our next destination, we made a stop for two male Eastern Meadowlarks singing close on each side of the road. This photo and the following…
Eastern Meadowlark Dorsal Cuba 18-11-11 This is another view of the bird in the previous photo.
Eastern Meadowlark Dorsal Cuba 18-11-11
This is another view of the bird in the previous photo.
Rock Formation Cueva de los Portales Cuba 18-11-11 We next stopped at Cueva de los Portales, an area with caves and rock formations which is locally famous as the place where Che Guevara and his army hid out...
Rock Formation Cueva de los Portales Cuba 18-11-11
We next stopped at Cueva de los Portales, an area with caves and rock formations which is locally famous as the place where Che Guevara and his army hid out…
Black-and-white Warbler Male La Güira Cuba 18-11-11 After Cueva de los Portales, we went to La Güira National Park where we saw this Black-and-white Warbler, presumably on its wintering ground.
Black-and-white Warbler Male La Güira Cuba 18-11-11
After Cueva de los Portales, we went to La Güira National Park where we saw this Black-and-white Warbler, presumably on its wintering ground.
Cuban Emerald Female La Güira Cuba 18-11-11 We also saw our first Cuban Emerald, an endemic species that was near a nest-like structure. However, it was not breeding season.
Cuban Emerald Female La Güira Cuba 18-11-11
We also saw our first Cuban Emerald, an endemic species that was near a nest-like structure. However, it was not breeding season.
Loggerhead Kingbird HDR La Güira, Cuba 18-11-11
Loggerhead Kingbird HDR La Güira, Cuba 18-11-11
White Ginger (Hedychium coronarium) La Güira Cuba 18-11-11 This is the national flower of Cuba, although it is native to southeast Asia.
White Ginger (Hedychium coronarium) La Güira Cuba 18-11-11
This is the national flower of Cuba, although it is native to southeast Asia.
View from Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso Panorama Viñales Cuba 18-11-11 Finally, after a very long morning with little food and little food or sleep the night before, we arrived at our lunch stop, Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso,...
View from Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso Panorama Viñales Cuba 18-11-11
Finally, after a very long morning with little food and little food or sleep the night before, we arrived at our lunch stop, Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso,…
Morning Stars Venus and Mercury Viñales Cuba 18-11-12 On the morning of the 12th, we left our hotel just as the sky was starting to get light in the east. It was before the hotel restaurant opened for breakfast,...
Morning Stars Venus and Mercury Viñales Cuba 18-11-12
On the morning of the 12th, we left our hotel just as the sky was starting to get light in the east. It was before the hotel restaurant opened for breakfast,…
Cuban Grassquit Male Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12 It took a couple of hours of driving to get to our first birding spot of the day, the town of Las Terrazas. Our first stop was at a farm where we saw numerous...
Cuban Grassquit Male Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12
It took a couple of hours of driving to get to our first birding spot of the day, the town of Las Terrazas. Our first stop was at a farm where we saw numerous…
American Kestrel Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12 Walking back to the car, we saw this American Kestrel on a wire. It was the first of many we would see in Cuba.
American Kestrel Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12
Walking back to the car, we saw this American Kestrel on a wire. It was the first of many we would see in Cuba.
Greater Antillean Grackle Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12
Greater Antillean Grackle Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12
Northern Flicker Female Las Terazzas Cuba 18-11-12 Our local guide seemed quite excited about this flicker, but it was old hat to us northerners. Although we scoffed at it, I later found out that this is a...
Northern Flicker Female Las Terazzas Cuba 18-11-12
Our local guide seemed quite excited about this flicker, but it was old hat to us northerners. Although we scoffed at it, I later found out that this is a…
Palm Warbler Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12 Palm Warblers, presumably on their wintering grounds, seemed to be everywhere in Cuba.
Palm Warbler Las Terrazas Cuba 18-11-12
Palm Warblers, presumably on their wintering grounds, seemed to be everywhere in Cuba.