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Laguna Manialtepec Tour 2009

with Michael Malone of Hidden Voyages Ecotours

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Bare-throated Tiger Heron - courtship behavior

Green Heron


left - Bare-throated Tiger Heron taking flight; right - courtship display


Black-bellied Whistling Ducks


Black-bellied Whistling Ducks


Lotsa ducks.   During the day crocodiles also like to rest in shallows like this.


The freshwater Manialtepec River drops from the mountains bringing fresh-water into the lagoon for 6 months.


Great Egret - widespread through-out North and South America

Great Egret


Scenic channel with ocean just beyond the dunes


White-faced Ibis

Cow with Cattle Egret


Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher


Restaurant on the barrier beach at Puerto Suelo


Restaurant on the barrier beach at Puerto Suelo, lagoon in background


barrier beach


We stopped mid-morning for brunch on the barrier beach with the
tranquil river on one side, and the ocean surf on the other.

Whirly bird - the Mexican Navy at work watching out for submarines


a wild Muscovy Duck on takeoff


Muscovy Duck

Neotropic Cormorants at a nesting colony


Locals fishing on the river and lagoon

Sopes a delicious restaurant snack of black beans, cheese, and salsa cooked on hand-made tortillas


Wood Stork in flight

Wood Stork in flight


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