When most people think of “birds” and “Bonaire”, they picture the island’s unofficial mascot – the Caribbean Flamingo. Bonaire’s flamingos are undoubtedly a thing of beauty and awe, but they are only part of the picture when it comes to Bonaire’s avian life.
Over 210 species of birds call Bonaire home. From shore birds to sea birds to land birds, Bonaire is an often-overlooked haven for birders and bird photographers. It’s our goal to spot and photograph as many of these fliers as possible.
Luckily, we don’t have to leave the house to find beautiful subjects. Our own yard is a rich source of inspiration.
Bonaire’s shore birds and wading birds can be found throughout the island in the mangroves, salinas, and ocean shores.
Easily identified by its bright red beak, the American oystercatcher, true to its name, enjoys a diet of oysters, clams and mussels.
Sharing the shore with the oystercatcher is the common Brown pelican. Although it seems rather large, the Brown pelican is the smallest of the eight species of pelican.
Approximately thirteen species of Herons and Egrets are found among Bonaire’s shores.
And finally, we’re excited to announce that scientists have discovered a new Bonairean bird species with a wingspan of 60.3 m (197.83 ft)! We finally managed to photograph it in its native environment.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
What is your favorite bird on Bonaire?