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Red-Footed Booby Bird Nature Reserve

206 acre UNESCO designated Nature Reserve site for Red-footed Booby birds, the largest colony in the Western hemisphere. Home also to the magnicent Frigate bird, Egrets, Herons, West Indian Whistling Duck, Black-necked Stilts. Cayman style visitor center with observation decks has 3 telescopes for visitor viewing of birds.

The Birds of the Cayman Islands

The Birds of the Cayman Islands

Presents an analysis of the breeding and migrant avifauna of the three islands since the first ornithologists visited in 1886. Status, distribution and habitats are described for all 222 species, with accompanying breeding data for 49 species. The monograph aims to place the Cayman Islands Avifauna in its historic and modern biogeographical context in the western Caribbean and to contribute to the database on Neotropical migrants, presently 79% of the Islands' avifauna.
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Brac Parrot Reserve

Extending over 180 acres of woodland on Cayman Brac's Bluff, the Reserve is an important breeding habitat for the Cayman Brac Parrot. The Bight Road, a traditional footpath across the Bluff, forms part of a nature trail. Please note that several other traditional trails on the Bluff are also open for hiking and bird watching.
Free entry

Birds of the Cayman Islands

Birds of the Cayman Islands

Only complete guide to all the birds of the Cayman Islands.
Unique photographic portfolio of all the breeding birds of the islands
A.O.U Classification.Maps and birding information.Phototips.Bibliography.
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Booby Pond Nature Reserve (Little Cayman)

Home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Red-footed Booby in the Western Hemisphere, the Reserve also contains Cayman's only breeding colony of Magnificent Frigate birds. A Visitor Centre provides an elevated viewing point for observation of the Booby Rookery through a fixed telescope.
Free entry (entry into the breeding colony itself is not permitted)

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

40 acres of the 65 acre Botanic Park is preserved in its natural state with a 0.8 mile walking trail. It is estimated that 40% of Grand Cayman's native flora is growing in the Woodland Preserve and the Woodland Trail passes through a wide variety of habitats and plant communities. Visitors will see seasonally flooded Buttonwood swamps; fresh water ponds; Mahogany forest; cactus/agave thickets; native palms including the endemic Coccothrinax proctorii; grassy meadows; and many epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, ferns and cacti. Much wildlife is also found in the preserve including fresh water turtles, lizards, agoutis, land crabs, butterflies, the endemic Blue Iguana and the endemic subspecies of the Cuban Parrot.The Lake has become an important site for native aquatic birds including the rare West Indian Whistling Duck.

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Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary

The Pond retains water throughout most of the year, although it has been known to dry out occasionally, at the end of a particularly severe dry season. Some of the many different types of birds that can often be seen at the Pond are Moorhens, Herons and Egrets, Grebes, Ducks, Rails, Plovers, Sandpipers, Terns, Pigeons and Doves, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Kingbirds and Flycatchers, Vireos, Warblers and Grassquits. It is also quite possible that a few of the rarer species, like the diminutive Least Bittern, or the beautiful Purple Gallinule will be around. And it is not just birds that abound. Butterflies congregate in this area, and the native freshwater turtle, the Hickaee, has often been spotted among the reeds.

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Grand Cayman's Central Mangrove Wetland

The Wetland covers a total of about 8,500 acres, still almost entirely in its natural state. Except for areas of open water, it is covered by a canopy of trees, which absorb sunlight and radiate part of that energy as heat, warming the air near the leaves. The same air also becomes saturated with water vapour, evaporating from the leaves' breathing pores and from the ponds below. Warm air is less dense than cooler air, and rises in a complex pattern of convection currents. Saturated air rising above the Central Mangrove Wetland in this way forms rapidly developing clouds, which are carried west by the prevailing winds and dump rain over the central and western districts of Grand Cayman.
West Indian Whistling Duck, Grand Cayman Parrots, Snowy Egrets and many other native birds depend on the Central Mangrove Wetland for food, shelter and as a place to breed. Various crab species, smaller crustaceans - some of which have only recently been described by scientists - and countless species of insects and other invertebrates inhabit the Wetland, along with fish, Hickatees, Agouti and many other animal life forms. The Red, Black and White Mangroves are joined by Buttonwoods, and a variety of dry land trees like Mahogany and Wild Fig have also gained a foothold in the more remote areas of the Wetland, where fresh rainwater sometimes floats on top of the salty groundwater.
For more details,visit the National Trust for the Cayman Islands web site here..

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