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Laguna Manialtepec is located 10 miles west of Puerto Escondido. During the rainy season, the Río Manialtepec breaks through its sandbar and the lagoon becomes a tidal estuary. There are 100's of species of birds--cormorant, anhinga, herons (including great blue, little blue, black-crowned night heron), ibis, parrots, egrets, ducks, jacanas (lily walkers). Here are some photos of birds sighted at Manialtepec. Photos submitted by Michael Malone of Hidden Voyages Ecotours.

Cinnamon Hummingbird
Roseate Spoonbill

Bare-Throated Tiger Heron
Streak-backed Oriole

Lesser Nighthawk
Immature Common Black Hawk
Common Black Hawk

Ecotour Expedition Finds Pelican from Louisiana at Manialtepec

While leading a Hidden Voyages Ecotour on Manialtepec Lagoon (see "Ecotourists" image) and enjoying the Brown Pelicans I noted one of the birds was sporting a bright yellow leg band. I recorded the band number and reported the sighting to the US Fish & Wildlife Service bird banding office in Washington DC. They responded with the following letter:

Michael Malone

Dear Mr. Malone

We have received your report of a banded brown pelican from the banding lab. Thank you for reporting this sighting, and for your offer of photographs of the bird. A little history on this bird for your information. It was banded in 2001 as a pre-fledgling bird at the Chandeleur Islands off the east coast of the state of Louisiana, United States. Your sighting is extremely valuable in building a database of pelican movements from this colony. It is one of several birds that have been reported from the area of Mexico and Central America, but it represents the first sighting of a bird on the Pacific coast. Until your sighting it was not known whether birds banded on the Atlantic or Gulf coasts ever made it to the Pacific coast. Your information adds a new dimension into the interaction and movements of brown pelicans. Again thank you for your report.

James O. Harris
Wildlife Biologist
Southeast Louisiana Refuges
Slidell, LA 70458

Ecotour Expedition on Laguna Manialtepec

Brown Pelican with yellow band

Brown Pelicans at Manialtepec

See photo of Brown Boobies on Roca Blanca in Cacalotepec.

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