Saturday 27 March-Sunday 28 March 2010.
Back when we lived near Montreal, a quick week away somewhere warm was quite easy to do. We lived only 40 minutes from the Dorval (or, I should say, ‘Pierre Elliot Trudeau’) airport, so it was rather simple to drive down, abandon the car in the long-stay car park next door and embark on a flight to somewhere exotic. It’s a bit more difficult from rural Nova Scotia, a three hour drive to Halifax airport is often followed by a flight to somewhere else in Canada (Toronto, Montreal, St. John’s Newfoundland) before boarding the flight to the final destination. However, living here has other compensations! Anyhow, back in 2010, we had decided to make our first trip to Cuba-cheap, nearby, a number of endemic bird species, what’s not to like? As Canadians or, back in those days, Brits, we had no limitation on visiting this Communist…
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Tuesday 30 March-Wednesday 31 March 2010.
Another early morning, trying Flamingo Road and the carpark at Cuevas del Jaboli for Zapata Sparrow. It was not to be, although the latter site produced some interesting birds, including a lovely Red-legged Thrush, an extremely confiding Hooded Warbler and a very smart Greater Antillean Grackle. Oh well, we would have time to try again, later. Today we had other plans- a foray across the causeway and onto the mainland.
Cayo Coco is actually connected to the mainland via a man-made causeway, an astonishing 27 km in length. It snakes out across the Bahia de Perros and is a rather exciting drive into the unknown. Near the mainland is a small tower, in the middle of the road, which serves as a toll gate. Generally, Cuban people are not allowed to cross unless working on the islands. Tourists can cross, after showing their passports…
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