(Click through to see the 5 images in this post).
Of course, being in the Caribbean without kids meant I had the time and opportunity to do some serious birding. While the biodiversity of Central and South America is better, there were still lots of endemics and beautiful birds to observe. Ironic that the best place to bird was actually at the resort, even though we spent over 8 hours in the Nacional Parque del Este (with a pricey private guide and boat tour), where we barely heard a peep. And you know what? Not much can beat birding in a bathing suit with a rum punch in your hand.
All of these images were taken with my trusty 70-200 mm f/4, which is a bit of a bulky beast to carry around on vacation. More to come on that later.
White-necked crow (with a crazy red eye):
Black-crowned palm tanager:
Hispaniolan lizard-cuckoo (so cool watching this guy hunt!):
Hispaniolan woodpecker, excavating a cavity: