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CUBA

Tuesday 17th March - Saturday 28th March 2015

Chris Kehoe

Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Chris Kehoe)

Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Chris Kehoe)

Our recent tour to Cuba continued the Birdquest tradition of finding all of the realistically possible island endemics and other regional specialities. The tour was particularly characterised by the outstanding views of many species, a point blank encounter with a singing Zapata Wren being especially appreciated as this species is a notorious skulker. Blue-headed and Key West Quail Doves showed to perfection with the commoner Grey-fronted also showing well. Bee Hummingbirds were very cooperative with a stunning male even seen displaying. Cuban Todys and Cuban Trogons, like many other endemics, were seen frequently and often very well. We found all of our major nightbird targets at day roosts, enjoying stunning views of Bare-legged and Stygian Owls and Cuban Nightjar. Aside from the specialities we also found plenty of north American migrants with unusually large numbers of Swainson's Warblers a real highlight amongst the 20 species of Parulids encountered. We also saw several Cuban scarcities such as Blue Grosbeak, American Oystercatcher and Piping Plover. The tour logistics ran smoothly and the weather throughout was very good with just a few showers during our midday break one day and during the final night.

Cuban Tody (Chris Kehoe)

Cuban Tody (Chris Kehoe)