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Because we are only a few kilometers from the Sian Ka'an biosphere, Mayan Beach Garden is a bird watcher's delight. In addition to the year round habitants, many varieties stop at he Sian Ka'an as part of their migration path.


Royal Tern
Royal Terns are very common sites along the Atlantic coastline, but this pair of birds was very unusual. One was really regal and didn't move, just watched the waves as they lapped the shore. The other one was--well crazy (or appeared to be). It squawked and screamed and ran circles around the other. You can see the difference in the two just in their demeanor. I have been since informed that this may be a juvenile Tern acting out and the calm tern the parent. Terns are similar in size to seagulls.
Green Parrots Green parrots can be seen everywhere if you look, usually in pairs. But at certain times of the year they fly in large swarms that are spectacular to see. The best time to see them is early in the morning, but you can always hear them squawking.
Pileated Woodpecker
This pileated red headed woodpecker made his nest in one of the dead palm trees at Mayan Beach Garden. A family of baby woodpeckers lived in this nest. One day a falcon found the nest and tried to take the babies, but this feisty woodpecker fought the falcon off.
Woodstork
Woodstork
Woodstork in flight. This picture was taken from the balcony at Mayan Beach Garden
Roseate Spoonbill
Prior to coming to this part of Mexico, we had never seen a Roseate spoonbill outside of a Zoo. February-April, a large number of them make their home in the lagoons and in Chetumal bay and the Sian Ka'an. Their startling pink color and large size -- around three feet tall make them a spectacular sight, especially when they take flight.

Mangrove Cuckoo

This picture of a Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) was taken in the Sian Ka'an, home to over 300 species of birds.

Although not pictured here, you also may see a Squirrel Cuckoo . This picture was taken by Chris Boykin.

Tri-Colored Heron
Tri colored Heron

 

 

Tri Colored Heron standing in water by the side of the road that leads from the Aeropuerte to Mayan Beach Garden

Arricari
I never tire of pictures of Arricari. These birds frequent the compost pile and the papaya trees at Mayan Beach Garden.
Anhinga

This is an Anhinga, also known as Snakebird, Darter and Water Turkey, ANHINGA ANHINGA. On chilly mornings they can be seen perched on snags rising from the water, spreading their wings against the early sunlight.

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