Eric writes: One of the many highlights of birding in Mexico was birding by boat out of Rio Lagartos. Within minutes of leaving the dock you can be in the middle of mangroves, next to flocks of shorebirds, or heading towards flocks of American Flamingos. Most tourists just go out for the flamingos but if you are a birder you'd rather spend time looking for other birds as well.
|The view from the boat as we took off.|
Our guide took us out to the mudflats first. There were thousands of shorebirds, most too distant to identify with just binoculars but we did see Wilson's and Piping Plovers well. And we got great looks at some bigger shorebirds such as American Avocet and Oystercatcher, Long-billed Curlew, and Whimbrel. There were also plenty of egrets and herons, terns, pelicans, and gulls feeding and resting in the same areas.
|Wood Stork-as always, a very cool bird to see|
|An adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron-as tame as they are in parts of|
|The extremely cooperative Common Black-Hawk|
|A part of one of the flocks-I knew we would see this species but I didn't|
realize they would become one of my favorite birds