Now that I have run out of pictures I feel like I should go back to Nicaragua the next chance I get and take more.
Our last day and a half was spent on Ometepe, a large volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua. The approach is by ferry. So some of these pictures were taken on the water and others were on land.
The day before we were staying in Granada and it seemed both evenings over the square a large flock of Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers would come in to roost in the trees. I finally got a picture or two of one, albeit far away, on Ometepe.
White-Winged Doves are perhaps unspectacular but I don’t get to see them at home so I find them worth noting.
On the ferry…and a Laughing Gull or two…
Just as this Magnificent Frigatebird came into view, there was a rainbow.
More views of a Laughing Gull…and the beach, with waves, and a Great Egret below.
On land, and there’s nothing I love more than seeing Cattle Egrets, they always remind me of Edward Hicks’ Peaceable Kingdom.
Below, fruiting cashews, the sign at the entrance to Ometepe, and a fascinating petroglyph left by indigenous peoples.
Groove-Billed Anis hanging out on a fence…
and a Great-Tailed Grackle.
But perhaps no bird left a bigger impression on me than these White-Throated Magpie-Jays.
We finally have spring weather and I have already begun to see migrants, so stay tuned.
I can see why you were impressed by the jays.
It’s hard to believe they eluded me the entire trip until we got to Ometepe. They have taken advantage of their good looks.
I love those White-throated magpie jays! They are beautiful! Nice vulcano too! 🙂
Yes, their tails alone are over the top! Thanks!
More beautiful captures, I can see why you’d want to return! Wow, the White-Throated Magpie-Jays are gorgeous!
Thanks, Donna! Yes I think it was a challenge to get their long tails in the frame. But funny how tame they were at the hotel in Ometepe compared to the rest of the trip. Townies. 🙂