Birding-Rare & Flamingos
$399 / Day
The endemic Bahama Oriole can only be found on Andros, making this stop on the Caribbean Birding Trail particularly important!
Andros landscape makes a day in the field with him a great experience for novice and serious birders. Andros is the largest of The Islands of The Bahama and the sixth largest land mass in the Caribbean. Its mixture of coppice, wetland, and forest makes the perfect recipe for an excellent experience in the great outdoors. The Bahama Oriole, Great Lizard Cuckoo, Bahama Mockingbirds, Cuban Pewee, Western Spindalis, and migrants such as the Great Antillean Night Hawks and Gray King Bird are just some of the birds you can see on Andros. …lest we forget the Bahamas national bird: The Flamingo!
The local Important Bird Area (IBA) (surrounding Eva’s Bonefish Lodge) is located in Central Andros. The habitat immediately surrounding the area consists of pine forest, broad-leaf coppice, and coconut palms.
Key biodiversity This is one of the few sites where all the Bahamas endemics can be found, Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Yellowthroat and Bahama Swallow. This is a great site to find most of the resident Bahama birds including Great Lizard-Cuckoo, Zenaida Dove, Key West Quail-Dove, Cuban Emerald, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Cuban Pewee and many others. It is also an excellent location to observe migrant warblers and shorebirds.
Check Fresh Creek and also Staniard Creek further north for Bahama Swallows. These birds are often seen on wires near the bridge at Fresh Creek. Look in the palms around Lighthouse Yacht Club and Marina for Bahama Orioles.
The Andros West Side National Park, home of the Flamingo, national bird of the Bahamas.
The Andros West Side National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the Western Atlantic/Caribbean region, located in the Andros Island, Bahamas. It was first established in 2002 under management of The Bahamas National Trust and it encompasses areas of significant wetlands, extensive mangroves, and pine upland habitats that support exceptional natural systems on Andros. The Andros West Side National Park is also the home of the national bird of the Bahamas, the endangered West Indian flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber).