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Cuban Black Hawk

Cuban Black Hawk
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-07 12:06
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From my recent one week holiday in Cuba
Looking for a Crab on the resort gardens- Melia Cayo Guilliermo.

For Annick with my tanks for his interest in my Cuban holiday (please see the workshop).

My vacation to Cuba was far from being an adventure. I lived in a comfortable 4 stars all-inclusive hotel M elia Guillermo. The hotel was good enough for my wife to enjoy the sun and the ocean beach and for me to do some nature photography. Mangroves, lagoons and bushes surround the hotel. I took most of my pictures in the morning at walking distance from the resort, from the road witch passes by lagoons abundant with water birds.
As I mentioned on my previous posting I did two half day trips, one to “El Baga Nature Park” at 15 minutes drive from the hotel and one to the Cayo Coco Key, in both being helped by professional birding guides, both very nice persons and very competent. They pointed out for me most of the local birds and helped a lot with my takeing good pictures. Their names are Paulino Lopez Delgado who drove me around the island and Oday who works as a birding guide at the El Baga Park.
The resort grounds and the beach were frequented by a pair of Cuban Black Hawks looking from crabs, a nice Green Heron stealing ornamental fish from the hotel ponds, Mocking Birds, Royal Terns and Laughing Gulls.
In all was a nice relaxing vacation for both of us, my wife and I.

Cuban Black Hawk (Cuban Crab Hawk)
Buteogallus gundlachii
(Cabanis, 1855)
Buteogallus anthracinus gundlachii

The Cuban Black Hawk (Buteogallus gundlachii) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes the eagles, hawks and Old World vultures.

It is endemic to the island of Cuba, where restricted to coastal areas. It has traditionally been considered a subspecies of the Common Black Hawk (B. anthracinus), but recent evidence suggests it should be treated as a separate species.[1] Consequently, the AOU formally acknowledged it as a species in 2007.

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Its good to hear that your vacation went well. I guess it was well worth to seek local knowledge and go birding with success more or less guaranteed. Your last posts on TN sure make a nice addition to your outstanding gallery. Thanks for sharing this and the other shots. Great work.

Best Regards,


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