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.

It is Breeding Season in Anguilla’s Wetlands!

With water levels still high, a number of waterfowl are finding excellent breeding habitat on our wetlands.  Resident White-cheeked Pintail Ducks and Common Moorhens are rearing a number of chicks.  Meanwhile wintering birds like coots and Ruddy ducks, are also raising their young.


It is a great time of year to visit our wetlands with your family.  Who doesn’t love an adorable baby bird?


Take a walk on the wild side with Nature Explorers Anguilla and see our incredible wildlife!
Email:  jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com or call: 1.264.584.0346 to schedule a tour today.

Nature Explorer Anguilla’s Most Recent Sightings

 

Anguilla has been experiencing some interesting weather recently. However, this has not diminished the birding experience. Nature Explorers Anguilla found this amazing Wilson’s Phalarope feeding among Lesser Yellowlegs, Stilt Sandpipers and resident Killdeer on West End Pond.

The Wilson’s Phalarope is a scarce visitor to Anguilla seen generally in the month of September. This species spends most of the year in North America but winters in South America. The predominantly white winter plumage makes it stand out from other birds in the flock.

If you would like to experience our island’s rich biodiversity, come take a walk on the wild side with Nature Explorers Anguilla! We have a variety of tour start times and durations to make your Anguilla wildlife experience special.

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