With over 210 species of birds, Bonaire is a haven for birders and bird photographers. While almost everyone that visits Bonaire is familiar with its bright pink flamingos, there are many other avian species that are just as intriguing to observe.
For those who are just getting started, or for the most serious of birders, we highly recommend the newly published field guide, “Birds of Aruba/Bonaire/Curacao” by Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells. The Wells’ spent over two decades studying the birds of the ABC islands, and their guide is packed with valuable information as to where to observe birds on the islands, species ID tips, directions and maps and other helpful items.
A few weeks ago Steve observed a banded Ruddy Turnstone on a beach in the south of the island. The band data shows that it was first captured and tagged in southern New Jersey in May 2012, was documented in Delaware in May 2014, May 2015, May 2016 and May/June 2017 before its first international sighting here on Bonaire. This bird knows how to get around.
There is a new option for birding tours on Bonaire. Elsmarie Beukenboom, Bonaire-born naturalist and retired director of STINAPA is now giving personalized birding and nature tours. Elsmarie’s knowledge of Bonaire and its nature is virtually unmatched. Her contact information is below.