Birding trip Cuba 4-17 March 2001
Part of report at www.jvanderw.nl 

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sandiegobanoshotel.jpg (26696 bytes) Hotel Mirador in San Diego de los Baņos near La Guīra park in the hill range West of Havana. This region is a must for just two endemic bird species, the Cuban Solitaire and the Olive-capped Warbler.
laguiratop.jpg (27031 bytes) At the end of the road up to La Guīra park. Below the small limestone cliff were two Cuban Solitaires singing, along the trail that goes up from behind the small, deserted building. A bit back between the pines was the other endemic, the Olive-capped Warbler.
osnedycasapart.jpg (30194 bytes) Osnedy's casa particular at Playa Larga, Zapata peninsula, is right at the water front. The Cristal beer is good and the more so after a long search in the woods for a rare gound-dove.
soplillarwoods.jpg (41772 bytes) The woods near the hamlet of Soplillar on the Zapata peninsula are good for many of the Cuban endemic bird species.
bermejosmarsh.jpg (32195 bytes) The eastern tip of the huge Zapata marsh. This is near Bermejos, a good and easy spot for birdwatching from the quiet road crossing the marsh.
najasalake.jpg (26813 bytes) A totally different marsh area and much further East. This is in the Najasa area South of Camaguey.
belengkbird.jpg (26571 bytes) One of the big trees in La Belen nature park; the one where the rare Giant Kingbird often resides (and now too).
belenpalms.jpg (15367 bytes) In La Belen these tall palms are an important nesting site for many bird species, like Cuban Parakeet. Most species nest in holes that have been dug out by the West Indian Woodpecker.
belenwoodp.jpg (11348 bytes) The West Indian Woodpecker is a very active nestbuilder indeed, even in this pole at the farm near the headquarters of La Belen nature park. A dozen bird species are dependent on the holes made by this woodpecker.
belenfarmwoods.jpg (26394 bytes) An easy walk from La Belen HQ through open woods produced several new warbler species for the trip.
cocobuswwerf.jpg (15949 bytes) This is one of the many buses that the Cubans got from Holland. This has been bus 33 to Wieringerwerf, which is near good birding spots in the NW of Holland. Here it is at the start of the dam from mainland Cuba to the Cayo Coco islands.
paredonlhouse.jpg (15944 bytes) The lighthouse on Cayo Paredon Grande, a small and beautiful island connected to Cayo Coco. In the shrubs to the right we had Cuban Gnatcatcher and nearby also Thick-billed Vireo.
cocodolinas.jpg (28864 bytes) One of the dolinas (small karstic lakes) along the trail leaving the Cuevas Jabali on Cayo Coco.
paredonmangr.jg.jpg (15851 bytes) Low mangroves near the small dam between Cayo Coco and Cayo Paredon Grande. Beautiful scenery but few birds, as often in this habitat.
moronoldtimer.jpg (19129 bytes) We lost our way a bit when driving back from Moron to the highway and were kindly advised by this musician.
havanamusic1.jpg (16088 bytes) More musicians, now in the old city of Havana. The guy left, a Mexican, was just a guest at this café and a good and passionate singer.
soroariver.jpg (88577 bytes) The start of the track & trail uphill near Soroa in the hill range West of Havana. The photo is taken from the guarded parking place.
soroatopview.jpg (21272 bytes) View from the top of the hill above Soroa.
havanaoldtimers.jpg (20367 bytes) The parking place seen from the Capitol building in Old Havana shows a good collection of old timers.
havanacigars.jpg (7904 bytes) You can hardly leave Cuba without buying a few cigars.