Several species of sea and coastal birds have started the breeding ritual on Curacao as early as the month of April. The Jan Thiel salt pan area is no exception. As an official Important Bird Area (IBA) the saltpans are not only important as a feeding ground for American flamingo’s (Phoenicopterus ruber), but are also … More Special report: Seabird breeding in Jan Thiel saltpans
DUTCH version will be uploaded later! It is now the middle of April and slowly but surely the breeding season for sea birds and coastal birds is starting again. Whereas some tern species have practically disappeared from the radar in the past months, they are suddenly back, and in huge numbers. Anyone who has … More Breeding season of sea and coastal birds starting!
And yes, we can include another new species on the growing birdlist of Curacao! Standing in the field early Tuesday morning (March 6 2018), for the Curacao Bird Survey, Curacao Backyard Birding noticed a small but very unusually coloured bird. The small, about 13 cm long bird, was bright red with a very distinctive black … More LIFER: the Vermilion Flycatcher
Last Friday, February 2nd, the world celebrated World Wetland Day (WWD). Several activities around the globe were aimed at illustrating the importance of wetlands to wildlife and humans. This year the main theme of WWD was Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future. So we went out and organized a Cross Island Bird Watching Trip on Saturday … More Urban wetlands Island Birding Trip
2017 is going out with a bang! Bird-wise! We uploaded the pictures of our bird watching trip last Saturday on Facebook but with a question mark as to the identification of one of the birds of prey we spotted. What we first thought to be a Merlin clearly wasn’t when we analyzed the pictures we … More LIFER: The Aplomado falcon
Another first time visitor to Curacao! Wednesdays are somehow magical these last few months. Our birdwatching team is in the field often, but on Wednesdays we try to combine spotting birds with bird photography and a good time. Last week we had the magnificent luck to be able to photograph a Purple gallinule in all … More LIFER: the Whistling heron
Two (2) species of Yellowlegs can be found on our island, the Lesser Yellowlegs and the Greater Yellowlegs. The untrained eye will have great difficulty distinguishing these 2, as they look very similar. True the Lesser Yellowlegs only measures about 26 centimeters while the Greater Yellowlegs measures up to 35 centimeters. But once you see … More Greater Yellowlegs
A very rare visitor to Curacao and so fast you almost don’t see him; the Blackburnian warbler is a small ( 13 centimeter long) bird looking a lot like the Blackpoll warbler in winter plumage but slightly different in coloring. Blackburnian warblers have a yellow stripe on the head and the coloring of their feet … More Blackburnian warbler
Volunteers of Bird Watching Curaçao had the horror of discovering an illegal 100meter mist net placed in the middle of the Muizenberg Dam. … More Illegal bird trapping in Muizenberg Dam.
The Southern Lapwing was a bird which visited the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao irregularly in the past. Sometimes they were spotted and sometimes they were not. About 5 years ago that completely changed. For one reason or another some of the birds that visited the island decided to stay over indefinitely. And it … More Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)