Wildlife at Cayo Largo and JDR

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, is found throughout most of the Americas. It also known in some North American regions as the Turkey Buzzard, and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John Crow or Carrion Crow.


The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) was sometimes previously known as Man O’War, reflecting its rakish lines, speed, and aerial piracy of other birds. It is widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in trees in Florida, the Caribbean and Cape Verde Islands. It also breeds along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands.
The Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) is a small heron. It is a resident breeder in Central America. The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast of the United States, and Mexico. In the past, this bird was a victim of the plume trade.
Snake birds or Darters are mainly tropical water birds in the family Anhingidae. Shot taken in the mangroves of JDR while the bird is drying his wings
Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) following our boat
The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret
Royal Tern
The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. Common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands.
Iguana is a of lizard native to tropical areas of Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Iguana or lizard
The Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It occurs along inland waterways as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida, Mexico and Caribbean.
The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is the smallest of the eight species of pelican. It is 106–137 cm in length, weighs about 2.75 to 5.5 kg and has a wingspan between 1.83 to 2.5 m
Immature Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican ready for diving
Iguana or lizard
Brown Pelican
Turkey Vulture
Franco (frequent visitor at the Tortuga at night time)
Water kingfishers are medium sized birds with large heads, long pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. There are 94 species worldwide and the only species which occurs in Cuba is the Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
The Neotropic Cormorant or Olivaceous Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) is a medium-sized cormorant found throughout the American tropics and subtropics, from the middle Rio Grande and the Gulf and Californian coasts of the USA south through Mexico and Central America to southern South America. It also breeds on the Bahamas, Cuba and Trinidad. It can be found both at coasts and on inland waters.
The Willet, Tringa semipalmata (formerly in the monotypic genus Catoptrophorus, as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus), is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family.
The sky full of frigate birds.
One Willet (largest bird) in company of a group of Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), which are medium-sized shorebirds.
Frigate birds nesting site in JDR
Hutias (Jutías) a kind of very friendly tree rat (looks more like a beaver to me)
Brown pelican close up
They not only friendly, they eat decent as well
Immature pelican close up
Hutias are moderately large cavy-like rodents of the family Capromyidae that inhabit the Caribbean Islands. They range in size from 20 to 60 cm , and can weigh up to 7 kg. Twenty species of hutia have been identified, and half may be extinct. (Their larger relatives the giant hutias, of the family Heptaxodontidae, are entirely extinct
The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is a member of the dove family (Columbidae). The bird is also called the Western Turtle Dove or the American Mourning Dove or Rain Dove, and formerly was known as the Carolina Pigeon or Carolina Turtledove.
Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans of the superfamily Paguroidea.They are not related to true crabs. Hermit crabs are quite commonly seen in the intertidal zones
Lizard close up.

Hermit Crab running fast
The American or Caribbean Flamingo

Watch the big claw inside. Must be something living in there???.
The Caribbean flamingo
American flamingo close up
Great Egret close up
Great Egret close up
Lizard full size
Frigate bird male
Frigat bird (male) close up in flight
Frigate birds close up

Cuban woodpecker
Hummingbird at nest
Hutias (Jutías)
Neotropic Cormorant