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Cienaga de Zapata - Las Salinas

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The southeast part of the Zapata swamps is dominated by shallow lagoons and stripes of mangrove thickets in between.

Added* by Paul Poletajew
Most recent update 28 February 2022

Description

Maybe together with Cayo Coco the best place to enjoy shore birds in Cuba. The shallow water attracts thousands of flamingos, herons but also many different waders and migrating birds. It is also very good accessible and easy to bird, due to a gravel road and five surveillance platforms along the 20 km road.

Details

Access

Best to visit by car due to the long distances and the gravel road that is not reliably in good condition, especially during wet season and during dry season the exposure to the direct sunlight. During dry season accessible by any car and also bikes, but during wet season you may need an offroad vehicle.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Mud flats , Scattered trees and bushes , Sea

Conditions

Flat , Sandy , Swampy , No shadow , High water possible

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

Winter

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration

Route

Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Strenuous

Accessible by

Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

Every single inlet and lagoon is worth a look, it may surpirse you with rough numbers of Black-necked Stilt, American Flamingo, etc. or with a surprise.

View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces

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Top 5 birds

American Flamingo
3. American Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus ruber)
Yellow Warbler (Golden)
5. Yellow Warbler (Golden)
(Setophaga petechia [petechia Group])

Other birds you can see here

West Indian Whistling-Duck
West Indian Whistling-Duck
(Dendrocygna arborea)
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
(Dendrocygna bicolor)
Common/Red-breasted Merganser
Common/Red-breasted Merganser
(Mergus merganser/serrator)
Blue-headed Quail-Dove
Blue-headed Quail-Dove
(Starnoenas cyanocephala)
Ruddy Quail-Dove
Ruddy Quail-Dove
(Geotrygon montana)
Gray-fronted Quail-Dove
Gray-fronted Quail-Dove
(Geotrygon caniceps)
Key West Quail-Dove
Key West Quail-Dove
(Geotrygon chrysia)
Zapata Rail
Zapata Rail
(Cyanolimnas cerverai)
Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt
(Himantopus mexicanus)
American Avocet
American Avocet
(Recurvirostra americana)
Wilson's Plover
Wilson's Plover
(Charadrius wilsonia)
Common/Spotted Sandpiper
Common/Spotted Sandpiper
(Actitis hypoleucos/macularius)
Willet (Eastern)
Willet (Eastern)
(Tringa semipalmata semipalmata)
Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer
(Rynchops niger)
Common/Forster's Tern
Common/Forster's Tern
(Sterna hirundo/forsteri)
Gull-billed Tern (Gull-billed)
Gull-billed Tern (Gull-billed)
(Gelochelidon nilotica [nilotica Group])
Least Tern
Least Tern
(Sternula antillarum)
Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
American White Pelican
American White Pelican
(Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
White Ibis
White Ibis
(Eudocimus albus)
Hen/Northern Harrier
Hen/Northern Harrier
(Circus cyaneus/hudsonius)
Cuban Parrot
Cuban Parrot
(Amazona leucocephala)
Cuban Crow
Cuban Crow
(Corvus nasicus)
Zapata Wren
Zapata Wren
(Ferminia cerverai)
Zapata Sparrow
Zapata Sparrow
(Torreornis inexpectata)
Yellow-headed Warbler
Yellow-headed Warbler
(Teretistris fernandinae)
Red-shouldered Blackbird
Red-shouldered Blackbird
(Agelaius assimilis)
Tawny-shouldered Blackbird
Tawny-shouldered Blackbird
(Agelaius humeralis)
Cuban Blackbird
Cuban Blackbird
(Ptiloxena atroviolacea)
Yellow-throated Warbler (albilora)
Yellow-throated Warbler (albilora)
(Setophaga dominica albilora)
Cuban Bullfinch
Cuban Bullfinch
(Melopyrrha nigra)

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