|Skies are particularly wonderful at sea|
|Black Iguana - introduced to the Keys|
|White Ibis on a lawn - good garden tick|
|Immature Yellow-crowned Night Heron|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker at nest hole|
Nassau is not the kind of place I would choose to go for a number of reasons, but I'm not complaining, there were a lot of good points. We had a trip on a glass bottomed boat, not easy to see out of the glass I must add but seeing a Barracuda was worth it...
|Yellow-crowned Night Heron|
|On the way back to the ship I found this pair of Antillean Nighthawks roosting|
on the ground right between the ship docks and was able to show Margie
The next port of call was Paradise Island, a mixture of awful and the beautiful, beautiful celebs and ugly ordinary people but as the celebs hardly ever use their 5th homes there were only ugly people about.
There are still a lot of lagoons and marshes on this island but it is also the home to, for a week out of the year at least, the bassist of U2 among others which was enough to make me sick. After I was sick I got to birding, all the birds were centered around one pond it seemed and I could hear at least two Black-whiskered Vireos singing, very much like Red-eyed Vireos really, plus a Thick-billed Vireo, this is like a southern equivalent of White-eyed Vireo. I also got my first Least Bittern here.
|The beautiful Red-legged Thrush|
|Another Green Heron|
When the sun went down we had a couple of hours to kill on board the ship, I stood on the deck and above the din from parties kicking off in the town I could hear the calls of the Antillean Nighthawks overhead.
On the return the next day more interesting seabird activity with at least one Cory's Shearwater, more Audubon's Shearwaters and a Masked Booby following the ship
|Masked Booby - these pics ended up in the Bahamas bird report, apparently|
|Barb, Me and Margie|
|Osprey - back at Jacksonville|