We stayed at the Bavaro Princess All Suites hotel, which seemed pretty nice to us...Erica and I had been to one all inclusive before (in Cuba in 2006) and this one was much nicer. The area around Punta Cana definitely had a more tropical feel than the area we were in in Cuba. The hotel had pretty good grounds for birding which was good because we didn't really get off the resort too much for birds since we had lots of important stuff to do with the wedding ;)
|Palmchat - the National bird of Dominican Republic
|We were kept very entertained by a territorial Bananaquit that sang right off our room
|A couple Black-crowned Night-Herons hunted the ponds at....night!
|The only amphibian we saw was this Marine Toad, an introduced Central and South American species (thanks Jeremy!).
|Hispaniolan Woodpecker was another very common endemic
|I was pleasantly surprised to have a small flock of White-cheeked Pintail each day at one of the hotel's ponds
|We saw a bunch of odes...this one may be a Perithemis species, very similar to our Eastern Amberwing
|Lots of butterflies most days. This is a Gulf Fritillary (or something similar) and was pretty common
|The hotel grounds had a few migrant warblers including Prairie Warbler
|And Yellow-throated Warbler.
|Vervain Hummingbird was 1 of 2 hummingbird species on the grounds
|My number two species, Hispaniolan Lizard-Cuckoo
|Check out that tail!
|Northern Parula was also pretty common
|Full view of the Hispaniolan Lizard-Cuckoo
|Antillean Slider was common in the ponds and mangroves.
|Hispaniolan Woodpecker close-up
|Hispaniolan Woodpecker again
|Tricolored Heron was common in the mangroves, along with Green Heron and Least Bittern (single)
|Another look at Palmchat
|Cape May Warbler was the most common warbler on the grounds
|Red-legged Thrush carrying food
|Gray Kingbirds were everywhere but nice to see!
|Livin it up!
|The trail into the "nature area" at the hotel
|Brad and Erin, the happy couple!
Of course, we ebirded the whole trip and I ended up with 60 species (about what I expected), of which 18 were lifers (higher than I expected). I took full advantage of the ability to embed photos and videos - check out my favourite illustrated checklist here.