A Juvenile Greater Flamingo Visits Anguilla

This week Anguilla received a special visitor. A juvenile Greater Flamingo was seen on the northern edge of Rendezvous Bay Pond feeding among Snowy Egrets, Least Terns, Brown Pelicans, and Black-necked Stilts.

pink flamingo in anguilla

This species is considered a rare visitor to Anguilla with the last record of a bird on Cove Pond from November of 2000 to January of 2001.

flamingo in flight in anguilla

You just never know what you will see on Anguilla’s wetlands. Come join us and Take a Walk on the Wild Side…

Email: jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com or call: 1.264.584.0346

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Nature Explorer Anguilla’s 7th Edition of The Salty Wing

The 7th Edition of The Salty Wing is now available as a free download from blurb.com…

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/523030-the-salty-wing-winter-2015

or as a free PDF version on our website…

http://www.natureexplorersanguilla.com/saltywing.htm

The Salty Wing is designed to engage readers of all ages through articles and photography that highlight Anguilla’s wildlife and natural habitats. In this edition we cover the interesting species that visited the island during the winter months of the 2014/2015 season.

We also include an update on the important work done by Dr. Louise Soanes monitoring seabird colonies on our offshore cays.

We hope you enjoy and share with everyone you know who loves nature!

7th edition of the salty wing

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Adorable White-Cheeked Pintail Ducks in Anguilla’s Wetlands

Waterfowl continue to dominate the scene at many of Anguilla’s wetlands.  White-cheeked Pintail ducks like these are a resident breeding species found island-wide.  Often called Bahamian ducks, these birds are busy caring for their young at this time of year.

nature explorers anguilla white cheeked pintail ducks
If you would like to see this species and many more, please join Nature Explorers Anguilla for a tour on your next visit to paradise.   It is a great opportunity to share Anguilla’s natural world with your family and friends.  Call:  1.264.584.0346 or Email: jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com, to schedule your tour.

Under The Sea With Shoal Bay Scuba

Two friends were in-town visiting Anguilla this week. From hikes out to Iguana Cave, drives along every “scenic route,” they even jumped into the sea with Matthew Billington, owner of Shoal Bay Scuba nearly every day of their trip.

 
After two days of finishing their scuba certification, down to the shipwrecks they went!…

wreck dives in anguilla

 

diving in anguilla
From the impressive wrecks, to the colorful schools of large fish only found in deeper waters, to a breathtaking Triggerfish…

triggerfish in anguilla waters
… they even spotted a 10′ Spotted Eagle Ray. He put on quite a show, diving into the sand and twirling throughout the sea trying to shake a Remora off his back!

 
Of course, the camera had to die just in time for that spectacular sight. 😉

 
With the ultra-professional Matthew at their side, they were in good hands, exploring Anguilla’s deep.

 
To book a snorkeling/scuba trip with Matthew, contact him at: Shoalbayscuba@gmail.com

 

The Glossy Ibis, a Rare Visitor to Anguilla, Returns!

Nature Explorers Anguilla guests were treated to a rare event this week, a Glossy Ibis feeding on East End Pond. This species is a rare visitor to Anguilla with the only public record being of a single bird on Road Salt Pond in 2002.

 
In 2014 a number of birds of this species were spotted in St. Martin and remained there for several weeks. According to Rafffaele et al, it is considered a rare sighting in the Lesser Antilles.

 

glossy ibis anguilla
This large wading bird has a long curved bill and is dark in color. It is normally found along the US Atlantic coast but may also be seen in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

 
If you would like to see this rare visitor and other exciting wildlife on Anguilla,  take a walk on the wild side with Nature Explorers Anguilla.

 

Call:1.264.584.0346 or email: Jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com to book your tour.