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Laguna Manialtepec Tour 2009

with Michael Malone of Hidden Voyages Ecotours

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In March 2009, we went on a tour of the Manialtepec lagoon with Michael Malone, Canadian ornithologist and tour guide. Michael is in Oaxaca during the winter months giving nature and culture tours. From the spring through the fall he operates Pelee Wings Nature Store in Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada.

Here is a video clip of part of the boat ride through the Laguna de Manialtepec.

Here are some aerial photos of Laguna Manialtepec.

On this tour we encountered the following wildlife:

  • Brown Pelican
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • American Anhinga
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  • Boat-billed Heron
  • White Ibis
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Wood Stork
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  • Muscovy Duck
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Osprey
  • Common Black-Hawk
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Coot
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Northern Jacana
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Laughing Gull
  • Royal Tern
  • White-winged Dove
  • Inca Dove (heard)
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet
  • White-fronted Parrot
  • Squirrel Cuckoo
  • Groove-billed Ani
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (heard)
  • Lesser Nighthawk
  • Citreoline Trogon
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Green Kingfisher
  • Golden-cheeked Woodpecker
  • Great Kiskadee (yellow)
  • Social Flycatcher
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • White-throated Magpie-Jay
  • Gray-breasted Martin
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Rufous-backed Robin
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Yellow-winged Cacique
  • Mangrove Crab
  • Chatia water snake
  • Green Iguana
  • Rock Iguana

For a complete list of birds you might find on a lagoon tour, see M. Malone's List of Birds.

Michael Malone gives a pre-tour briefing at Laguna Manialtepec.

La Flor del Pacifico restaurant in the village of Las Negras on the coast highway #200 on the
shore of Laguna Manialtepec

This is where the eco-tour started in the fishing village of Las Negras

The lagoon is calm in the early morning.

Great Blue Heron, a northern migrant

Great Blue Heron

Red Mangrove trees showing prop roots and aerial roots

Michael Malone with binoculars at the ready


Black Vulture with guano-covered legs

Black-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron close-up

Bare-throated Tiger Herons, courtship behavior

Great Kiskadee

domesticated Muscovy Duck

domesticated Muscovy Duck

Wood Stork in flight, resident tropical bird

Osprey, a northern migrant wintering on the lagoon

Wood Stork family

Green Iguana

immature Brown Pelican

Magnificent Frigatebird, immature male

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