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Friday, March 9, 2012

The Best Bird Watching Destination - Yucatan Is The Perfect Spot

Isla Contoy, Mexico.Image via Wikipedia
By Linda Patterson

Can you tell a crane from a heron? I bet not but you don't have to tell. So long as you know what a bird is, birding in Mexico is open to everyone. Enjoying the view of surprisingly countless pink feathered flamingoes, while they fly in flocks over Celestun's marshy lagoons, where they'll roost right up until sundown, will most surely make you speechless.

You can see a lot of avian species during winter - 546 to be exact that migrates to the Yucatan jungles. For sure, the Sian Ka'an reserve hosts approximately thousands of migratory birds. 11 of which are species you're never going to see in any other place. That will include the Yucatan parrot, all in its bright red feathered glory, the Yucatan wren and Yucatan nightjar.

A List Of Great Birding Destinations In Yucatan:

Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve

Sitting north and up on the Caribbean Coast of the Yucatan is the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve-houses a massive number of Mexico's pink flamingoes. This reserve is extends140 miles along Celestun Refuge and to the Northeast, where travelers gaze at above 40,000 pink flamingoes. In the winter months, the mainland feeding and also breeding grounds of two sister sites, Celestun and Rio Lagartos, holds roughly ninety percent of the entire world's population of pink flamingoes. If you are lucky, you might see crocodile wandering along.


The sister site of Rio Lagartos which is Celestun, located 45 minutes away from Merida, is an amazing place to watch pink flamingoes prancing in their natural environment. The best time to see them in most numbers is from around March and all the way to August. Besides flamingoes, be on the lookout for occasional herons and also snowy egrets.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere is located near Tulum and Playa Del Carmen; it is 1.3 million acres wide and is abundant in birds and forest wildlife. In every single place in Mexico, the Sian Ka'an is probably the very best site where you will see more than 1,200 varieties of animals in the forests and wild rivers. The spot is additionally a symbol of the Quintana Roo environmental movement, made to be able to guard all bird species in Mexico. It is a premium birding destination in Mexico owing to its lagoons, mangrove swamps, reefs, cenotes, tropical forests that sweep over the lands.

Isla Contoy

30 kilometers north of Isla Mujures, you can find a small island called Isla Contoy which is made into bird sanctuaries and among Mexico's national park. Nevertheless a few might think it's a little hard to get in, as only 200 visitors granted in daytime, this one is an indispensable destination.

Along with the wildlife, you can find approximately a hundred bird species living over the low jungles, lagoons and wetlands. The majority of them are marine birds including the frigate, the brown pelican, the double-crested cormorant and who knows what else.

What to keep in mind:

Bring lots of insect repellent and hang a pair of binoculars over you neck, so that you can take pleasure in all the points of interest without needing to swat at mosquitoes and other insects at each and every 5 minutes whilst in the marshy wetlands.

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