Part One: San Juan, Puerto Rico
The following morning, we went to El Yunque National Forest, the only rainforest in located in U.S territory. This was the day that I hoped to see my target bird, the Puerto Rican Tody, which is only endemic to Puerto Rico. Overall I found birding in the rainforest very difficult. 90% of the bird there you only hear, and since I don't know my Puerto Rican bird calls, I ended up with a low species count for the day, just 16 species. Another thing that drives me crazy, was how dark it was under the canopy, leading my camera to let me down on several photo ops. So I apologize, some photos may appear dark. Although I did not see much, I still found my target bird for the day, the tiny PUERTO RICAN TODY.
The entire 3rd day of San Juan was walking around the old town once again, and looking at more of San Juan's historic sites. Since there is not a lot to write about and few birds, I will close the San Juan section with a collage of photos we took while walking around. Enjoy!
End Of Part 1 Life List:792
Part 2: Vieques, Puerto Rico
Since we did not do much in Vieques but relax, visit some beaches, hang out with our friends, catch pokemon around the hotel and eat good food (I am now addicted to sweet plantains), I figure lets just jump into the birding.
For my birding trip, my dad and I drove to the nature reserve on the northwest tip of the island, hoping to get the 7 life birds I needed to reach 800. The road there was actually so full of birds that it was as productive as the destination itself. Slowly meandering our way down PR994 we came upon several bird such as many COMMON GROUND DOVE:
I never made it. That Green Throated Carib was lifer 799, the final life bird I saw on the entire trip. Even though I did not make it to 800, I was not disappointed at all. I had a great day of birding, and I really enjoyed seeing species I have never seen before, or have not seen them for a a while. I really enjoyed exploring the island with my friend the whole time. I would love to come back.
End Of Part 2 Life List 799
Overall, it was a great trip! I got a total of 16 life birds, and enjoyed every day of the trip and its sad to be back. But, I plan to go back someday! Stay tuned for more birding adventures and spring migration, because the most exciting time of the year is approaching!
Life List:799 (16 new life birds) To see more of my photography, look me up
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