The critters of Ometepe

Ometepe Island is an island in Lake Nicaragua formed by two volcanoes.  The island is shaped like an hourglass (with the volcanoes being the big ends of the hourglass and an isthmus in between the two volcanoes) and we are in currently in the skinny part of the hourglass on the East side of the island.  In our first couple of hours on the island we managed to see…

A bunch of small lizards of some sort:


Cute, little lizard. These guys are everywhere.

A variety of beach dogs:


Friendly beach dog who was trying to play with the birds

And some crazy birds:


I think this is a magpie jay.


How cool are these? No idea what they are.


Unknown bird


I’m assuming this is an egret


Unknown bird


Unknown bird

If anyone knows the name of any of these, feel free to let us know.  There is a guide to the birds of Ometepe available on-line, but there aren’t photos available for all the birds.

Unfortunately, we didn’t see my favorite (monkeys) today, but the island is apparently crawling with them so maybe tomorrow.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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4 Responses to The critters of Ometepe

  1. Brian Schneider says:

    Looked the island up on Google. Sure looks like an interesting place!


  2. Mark says:

    I see a Caracara in top and two Black Vultures in the bottom pics


  3. Mark says:

    Forgot to mention that the Vulture with the red head is a Turkey Vulture


  4. Dad, it is a very interesting place. We are loving it here. Mark, thanks for identifying the birds. We thought they were turkey vultures, but we weren’t sure.


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