Identifying herons and egrets can be tricky, especially when you are looking at a full white specimen. It can be an individual of a species that is white, of a species that is white when in the juvenile stadium, or a species that normally has a different color, but also produces so-called ‘white morphs’. Confusing … More How to identify a Great Egret?
If you visit the coastline of the island regularly chances are great that you have encountered this bird along the rocky coast. And if not you might have encountered the effects of its strong bill on the surrounding snail shells. American oystercatchers can be found throughout the year and will also breed on the island. … More American oystercatcher
Short stocky legs, a very long think bill with a very sensitive tip, large eyes, and a rounded stocky body as well. Wilson’s Snipes are one of those birds you will instantly recognize when you encounter them. And that part is what is difficult, encountering them. Cause even with all their beautiful patterns and rufous … More Hiding in plain sight – Wilson’s snipe
One of our bird monitoring points is located in the middle of the Brievengat district in a fairly busy area. Every time we do our research work at this location, we have interesting meetings and conversations with people from the neighborhood, who walk by or cycle and want to know what we do. The knowledge … More Bird behavior: fight for an Iguana tail
Rare bird alert: Blue Grosbeak – Blauwe Bisschop (Dutch) The Blue Grosbeak is a very rare sighting for Curacao. Until 2019, this bird was never seen here on the island. Just once on Bonaire. In November 2019, a female Blue Grosbeak was first spotted near Blue Bay. This year (2021), for the first time in … More Rare bird alert: Blue grosbeak
There are certain birds, most people don’t even know exist on the island much less that they are breeding birds. True, some of these birds make it really really difficult to photograph them in the wild due to their habitats or way of living. Like this little fellow on the photo on the left. This … More Mysterious bird: White-tailed nightjar
Seen for the first time on Curaçao in March 2018 by visitors of the island and later by Curacao Backyard Birding in the area of Lagun, for a few weeks the Swallow-tailed kite played around the hills of Jeremi and Lagun. The animal was spotted several times and recorded as such on ebird.org. On Saturday … More Rare bird alert: Swallow-tailed kite
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐜̧𝐚𝐨!?Many have asked this question over the last couple of days. Traditionally the months of August and September are Swallow months on our island, meaning that suddenly out of nowhere thousands of these tiny agile birds are roaming around all over the island in a … More S.O.S. Swallow – What is going on?
Some years the first swallows arrive at the end of July and other years at the end of Augustus or beginning of September. Whenever they arrive on the island of Curacao, the first arrivals always mark the start of the fall migration! And every migration season brings its own exiting bird encounters. Bird Watchers who … More Fall migration season 2021 starts!
One of the larger pigeons on the island, this species has gone from being rare to abundantly present in 15 years. ENGLISH: Bare-eyed PigeonDUTCH: NaaktoogduifPAPIAMENTO: Ala blanca (Palomba di mondi on Bonaire)SCIENTIFIC: 𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴 The most well known local pigeon species on the island is the Ala blanca or Bare-eyed Pigeon, which can now be … More Birds in the garden (9): the Bare-eyed pigeon