Bananaquits are usually just too fast to photograph but this one posed prettily in our tamarind tree.
All of a sudden there seems to be lots of singing, chirping, cooing and squawking going on around Harbour Club Villas. I’ve managed to photograph quite a few birds in the last week that seem to like this area……….Bananaquits, Doves, a Green Heron that tries to catch fish and drinks from the pool, the Northern Mockingbird locally called “Preacher Bird” and many Bahama Woodstar Hummingbirds.
This little Mourning Dove doesn't seem to be afraid of me as it pecks away at something in the gravel under the neem trees.
There are several doves here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Every morning quite early, we hear the Zenaida Dove cooing. The Mourning Dove has more of a melancholy voice and has a long tail that fans out on take off and landing. We also have the Common Ground Dove and the White-winged Dove.
The Northern Mockingbird is a songbird, sometimes called the Nightingale or more locally 'Preacher Bird' because of their talkativeness and singing.
Every day the Green Heron visits the pool for a cooling drink. He'll squawk at guests to let them know this is his private drinking pool.
The Green Heron likes to fish and stays low to the water craning his neck out as he searches for food. Often, we can hear him in the trees grumbling to himself and making ’skuk skuk’ noises. Heaven forbid if you disturb him as he will fly up complaining loudly and this has given it the local name of the ‘Kow Kow’.
Stalking a lizard on a Coconut frond.
A Mockingbird perched high on a branch and singing away.
A little Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird let me get really close one night as it perched on a branch.
Bananaquit with beautiful yellow breast preens on a branch of the Tamarind tree.
I managed to get a photo of this dove as it sat on a barrel.
I caught this Great Egret walking down the road from Rickie's or Flamingo Bar.
He was not about to let go of his lunch...a curly tailed lizard.
I’m glad that I have my camera with me most days. It was pure luck to sight this Great Egret just walking down the road. He must not have liked what was on the menu at Flamingo’s. Enjoy these photos and we hope all you bird lovers , birders and birdwatchers will visit our islands soon.