Little blue heron
Little blue heron

28th April 2013. A young little blue heron (Egretta caerulea). Juveniles are white and before they turn one year old the white feathers are gradually replaced by dark ones.

Snowy egrets in breeding plumage
Snowy egrets in breeding plumage

28th April 2013. Snowy egrets (Egretta thula) can easily be mistaken for juvenile little blue herons.

Turkey vulture
Turkey vulture

5th May 2013. A turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) standing next to a sea turtle cadaver.

Thick-billed plover
Thick-billed plover

30th June 2013. Thick-billed plovers (Charadrius wilsonia) are common on sandy beaches, firm clay banks, and muddy lagoons. They nest in the long rainy season. They love fiddler crabs!

Common tern
Common tern

11th August 2013. Common terns (Sterna hirundo) are migrants from North America and the Caribbean.

Osprey
Osprey

9th February 2014. A lone osprey (Pandion haliaetus) sitting on dead mangrove branches. This large bird of prey is a migrant from North America.

Black skimmer
Black skimmer

9th February 2014. A black skimmer (Rynchops nigra) feeding on four-eyed fishes in the lagoon behind the beach.

Birdlife

 

Fishery activities on the beach have attracted lots of shore birds. Depending on the time of year, ospreys, whimbrels and brown pelicans can be encountered. Sanderlings, plovers and ruddy turnstones are common sights around the fishermen's camps. Snowy egrets, little blue herons, tri-colored herons, skimmers, scarlet ibises, striated herons, yellow-crowned night herons, common egrets, white-necked herons, magnificent frigatebirds and many kinds of terns and gulls can be spotted at Braamspunt. Also regularly seen are the great kiskadee, the yellow-rumped cacique, the yellow-headed caracara, the rufous crab-hawk and the scaly-breasted ground-dove.

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