I just got back from a great stay in Playa Del Carmen Mexico. We stayed at the beautiful Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, and I can easily say it is the best resort I've ever stayed at! The grounds were immaculate and had lots of natural vegetation which attracted lots of really cool birds! I have included a few shots of the wildlife and scenery that we saw in and around our resort in the Mayan Riviera!
We saw numerous mammal species on the resort grounds including Spider Monkeys, Deer, Coatimundis and Agoutis.
|White-tailed Deer (a familiar face)|
Common birds on the resort were Great-tailed Grackles, White-winged Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Great Kiskadee, Yucatan Jay among others.
|Eurasian Collared Dove|
|Yucatan Jay (male with the yellow bill on the left, female on the right)|
I was also happy to see several of our own neotropical migrants on the resort including numerous warblers such as Yellow-throated, Magnolia, Yellow and Black-and-white as well as others such as Summer Tanager.
Other birds I was really happy about seeing all within a stone's throw of my hotel door were the following beauties:
Probably one of our favourite birding moments came while biking around the resort area when I heard a funny sound up in one of the trees along the sidewalk and stopped to investigate. Here we found 2 tiny Ferruginous Pygmy Owls! We had great views and got a couple of shots!
|Ferruginous Pygmy Owl!|
A couple of other species around the hotel grounds included Cinnamon Hummingbird, Clay-coloured Thrush, and Black-bellied Whistling Duck.
|Black-bellied Whistling Duck|
|View from the top of Coba Temple|
|Flying out of Cancun Airport|