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Dominican Republic: Birds

(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):


Pearly-eyed thrasher:


Black-crowned palm tanager:


Hispaniolan lizard-cuckoo (so cool watching this guy hunt!):


Hispaniolan woodpecker, excavating a cavity:


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Dominican Republic: Critters

(Click through to see the 5 images in this post).

In the Dominican Republic for a week, our time was pretty evenly spent looking out at the ocean, up at the birds, and down at the ground looking for critters. Ok, maybe there was a little time spent gazing into each others’ eyes – it was our 10-yr anniversary after all, and we were on vacation without the kids – but not much of that, there were too many adventures to be had!

We managed to get off the hotel grounds a few times, and spent some time in Bayahibe, on Isla Saona, and for a hike in the Parque Nacional del Este, entering from the NE access point in Boca de Yuma. The bird post will come later this week, but here are few of the critters we encountered here and there in our travels.

Blunt-headed Green Tree Snake:


A terrestrial snail on the limestone trail in the Parque Nacional del Este:


A crab on the beach in the fishing village of Bayahibe:


A basking Santo Domingo Curly-tailed Lizard:


An anole on the trail between Bayahibe and Dominicus:


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Had a date with the ocean last week. My husband of 10 years (the real reason for the trip) didn’t mind that I was two-timing him, he understands the seduction that was involved.
More to come…


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