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CUBA

Tuesday 15th March - Saturday 26th March 2016

Chris Kehoe

Bee Hummingbird (Chris Kehoe)

Bee Hummingbird (Chris Kehoe)

Our recent tour to Cuba once again produced all of the realistically possible national and regional endemics and was particularly characterised by the exceptional views obtained of many superb species. Bee Hummingbirds, including a sumptuous full-plumaged male, fed and perched almost at touching distance and was voted Bird of the Trip. On two mornings we had all four of Cuba’s Quail Doves on view simultaneously with Key West, Grey-fronted and the simply stunning Blue-headed all feeding in the open just a few metres away. Gorgeous Cuban Todys and Cuban Trogons were positively common in some wooded areas while the sometimes elusive Zapata Wren was easily seen this year and the often tricky Gundlach’s Hawk was seen unusually well. A stunning Stygian Owl was watched in the spotlight while Cuban Nightjar, Bare-legged Owl and Cuban Pygmy Owl all showed very well in daylight. Numerous North American migrants added to our list with Cape May, Worm-eating and Swainson’s Warblers especially appreciated. Cuban rarities encountered included White-cheeked Pintail, Wood Thrush, Red Knot, American Avocet and Dunlin. The weather throughout was generally very good and the tour logistics all ran smoothly.

Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Chris Kehoe)

Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Chris Kehoe)