|Tour takes you out on the thin peninsula to the right and to Punta Allen, which is at the red pointer.|
|Check-in was a bit damp|
took a brief facility break (women were across the road but just as primitive),
and waded out to our waiting motor boats. .
Shortly, we were skimming across the water with our new-found watermen extraordinaire.
I'm not sure what competence looks like, but we felt absolutely secure in hands of our drivers.
Then a resplendant group of Roseate Spoonbills came into view
followed by a bunch (I like those technical terms) of Double Crested Cormorants
But the real treat was a huge occupied Osprey nest.
One of the pair (they mate for life) and use the same nest year after year was perchd on the edge.
when number two circled and landed. That was worth the price of the trip right there. We didn't actually see any young ones, but we think there may have been some down inside the nest.
We also saw frigate birds in flight. I did not know that they have the longest wingspan vs total body weight of any bird.
as well as some young ones resting in the trees.
There were pelicans roosting too.
and we caught this brown one in flight at the Boca Paila bridge.
Need I say more than this is a bird watchers paradise. And our day was only half over. We had a lovely outdoor lunch at a seaside restaurant and then had some time to explore Punta Allen where things seem to move at a slower pace.
but the kids are kids and the puppies are puppies wherever you travel.
And even the most modest seem to be totally connected.
We could have hunkered down for a nice siesta, but Rob got us moving back down to the dock again. .
We rejoined the rest of our group for a final push out into the more open water where we saw a fair number of dolphins and also a sea turtle that swam right up along side.
By late afternoon we made our way back to the beach where we had left our van.
Thank goodness it was dry and sunny now so the long bumpy drive back down Hwy 109 didn't seem quite so long.
We were back to our hotel by dinner time. All told it was a real adventure and Rob Volker was the glue that held it together. He is a superlative guide, his English is excellent, and his knowledge of nature and history is broad. Above all he has a talent for communicating his love for Mexico, its natural habitats, and the people who live there. Check out his web site by clicking here
and do consider his services. We are sold on his work.
Jm and Jan De Young
p.s. We have discovered that bird indentificatons are really tough three months after you have seen them. Comparing my pics to various poses in other books and internet sites reveals just how tricky naming can be. Colorations within species and males and females differ widely. Younger birds often look quite different from the adults. So please let me know if you think we have mis-identified what we saw.