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Bird Watching with STINAPA
July 16, 2016@5:00 pm-6:30 pmFree
For a fascinating bird outing in Bonaire, the sewage treatment plant is the place to go! Because it has a constant supply of fresh water (well, sort of fresh), many bird species frequent this area.
Herman Sieben, director of STINAPA, has seen a rich variety of bird species there including Lesser Scaup and Southern Lapwings. Peter-Paul Schets, a birding enthusiast visiting Bonaire, was at LVV recently and spotted a Pied Water Tyrant. Knowing this was unusual, he took a photo of this flycatcher and soon realized that this was the first confirmed sighting of this bird species in the Kingdom of the Netherlands! Perhaps people had seen it before, but if so, nobody had taken a photo and followed up on it. Normally, this bird is found in the llanos grasslands of northern South America. Pied Water Tyrants forage for insects in low vegetation near water. They also suffer from nest parasitism from cowbirds (cowbirds lay their eggs in the tyrant’s nest). So, the next time you see something very rare – take a photo – you never know what you might discover!