Crooked Island and Acklins

The three islands of Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay surround the Bight of Acklins. Crooked Island and Acklins are linked by a small ferry and there is an airport on both islands. Flying in to one and leaving from the other makes sense. Long Cay, the third island in this group is only accessible by boat. If you have the inclination, arrange for one of the residents to take you out on a boat for the day, as there are many interesting places and shorelines to explore.

Bananaquit (Photo by Grace Johnson)

Bananaquit (Photo by Grace Johnson)

Seabirds can be found on nearby, offshore islands in season, including the White-tailed Tropicbird. American Flamingos are often seen in appropriate locations, but they move from time to time. Ask the locals where they might be when you are there. They have been seen on the east side of Long Cay and on the west side of Acklins. Many osprey nests can be found in unlikely places, such as on the roofs of unoccupied houses.

Endemics: Bahama Woodstar

Bahamian specialties: American Flamingo, White-cheeked Pintail, Bahama Mockingbird, Pearly-eyed Thrasher, Thick-billed Vireo, Bananaquit, Western Spindalis, Black-faced Grassquit, and Greater Antillean Bullfinch

Greater Antillean Bullfinch (Photo by Carolyn Wardle)

Greater Antillean Bullfinch (Photo by Carolyn Wardle)

Crooked Island

Visit the Brine Pond north of Landrail Point for wading and water birds. Ospreys are often seen at Bird Rock lighthouse on the northwest corner of Crooked Island.  A large wetland, Turtle Sound, is accessible at the jetty dock.  Explore the whole island for landbirds, including the Pearly-eyed Thrasher.

Acklins

Explore the whole island, checking the many access points to the shore on both sides of the island and inland ponds.

Local Lady Collecting Cascarilla Bark for Campari (Photo by Carolyn Wardle)

Local Lady Collecting Cascarilla Bark for Campari (Photo by Carolyn Wardle)


Birds of the Bahamas

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