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January 19th, 2016
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Cuba!

When I was a kid, I read something that really stuck with me. It was all about this special, mysterious place where several species of birds lived that couldn’t be found anywhere else, even on the same island. The place was known as Zapata Swamp, and since I was very young I always wanted to go there and maybe see one of those special ‘Zapata’ birds. You could even see the world’s smallest bird there.

I finally got my chance when I joined my brother and 10 other birders from England and Scotland for a birding tour of Cuba.

Birding from the beach at Cayo Coco

Birding from the beach at Cayo Coco.

Stygian Owl - tick!

Stygian Owl – tick!

This was very much a vacation for me, my first in seven years. I had nothing to do with the planning of the tour, I didn’t keep any notes, and I didn’t particularly pay attention to where we stayed or found the birds. I just went along for the ride and enjoyed myself! So I apologize that I’m not going to be very helpful in giving advice for birding tours in Cuba, beyond pointing you in the direction of havanatours, who arranged our guides, transport and accommodation.

As well as not being any use as a trip report, it doesn’t make for a good journal either, as I can’t remember exactly where we went each day, or what day we saw which birds. So I’ve decided to split my photos up as follows:

 

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