Notable features of great blue herons include slaty (gray with a slight azure blue) flight feathers, red-brown thighs, and a paired red-brown and black stripe up the flanks; the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black or slate plumes runs from just above the eye to the back of the head. The feathers on the lower neck are long and plume-like; it also has plumes on the lower back at the start of the breeding season. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season, and the lower legs are gray, also becoming orangey at the start of the breeding season.
Lac is an important nesting and roosting area for birds. The entire mangrove forest is a protected bird sanctuary. The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), the great blue and great white heron (Ardea herodias), the frigate bird (Fregata magnicicensis) and the royal tern (Sterna maxima) are the most common species in this area. Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) often feed in the open shallows, the more salty parts of this system. These birds can be seen best in the early morning or late afternoon along the roads leading to Cai and Sorobon.
Kayaking through the mangrove forest at Lac is both fun and educational. The water is so clear that you can see young reef fish, up side down jellyfish, sponges and an occasional turtle right from your kayak. In order to preserve this precious resource, a certified guide is required for all mangrove kayaking activities. All kayakers need to follow the code of conduct.
The Mangrove Information Center provides educative kayak and boat tours through the mangroves of Lac. Click on their logo below to learn more about their excursions and the mangroves of Lac Bay.
Bonaire has some excellent spots to go bird watching. Best time is before 09.00 a.m. or after 16.00 p.m. Print out the Bird ID of freshwater and shorebirds and see how many birds you can identify.
Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and some water!