Published On: Wed, May 21st, 2014

BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND-THE SQUARE-MILE BACKYARD OF MAYAKOBA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN, PART 2 OF 2

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Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired”, zoologist, photographer, and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 53 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published on the 7th and 21st of each month, features anecdotes about birding in Merida, Yucatan and beyond. Contact: all4birdies@gmail.com All rights reserved, © Cherie Pittillo

A variety of critters live at Mayakoba, including the dragon-like Anhinga, after a dip in a Mayakoba lagoon

A variety of critters live at Mayakoba, including the dragon-like Anhinga, after a dip in a Mayakoba lagoon

Welcome to Mayakoba, part 2, the nature-friendly, luxury resort for guests and wildlife located near Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Part 1 gave a brief overview of Mayakoba including recognition of several environmental awards. A few photos exemplified a typical boat tour along part of the six-miles of lagoon waterways. Link to Part 1:

THE SQUARE-MILE BACKYARD OF MAYAKOBA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN, PART 1 

Today’s column continues the boat tour; it reflects diversity of the 300 species that appear to be happy and on top of the world to call Mayakoba home.

Don’t miss the announcement at the end of the column!

This Tropical Kingbird seems to be on top of the world because it and many other creatures call Mayakoba home

This Tropical Kingbird seems to be on top of the world because it and many other creatures call Mayakoba home

Animals, like this Gray Squirrel, appear to be happy to live at Mayakoba

Animals, like this Gray Squirrel, appear to be happy to live at Mayakoba

The male Common Gallinule takes care of its three chicks

The male Common Gallinule takes care of its three chicks

Great Blue Heron nests at Mayakoba

Great Blue Heron nests at Mayakoba

Spotted Sandpiper searches for food along Mayakoba shoreline

Spotted Sandpiper searches for food along Mayakoba shoreline

Green Heron on a Mayakoba villa dock

Green Heron on a Mayakoba villa dock

Laughing Falcon at Mayakoba

Laughing Falcon at Mayakoba

Boat-billed Heron sneaks a peak at the people as the tour boat silently glides by

Boat-billed Heron sneaks a peak at the people as the tour boat silently glides by

The small and so-called insignificant are not overlooked at their Mayakoba home

The small and so-called insignificant are not overlooked at their Mayakoba home

Least Grebe chick chases leaf

Least Grebe chick chases leaf

Tricolored Heron stalks its prey at a Mayakoba lagoon

Tricolored Heron stalks its prey at a Mayakoba lagoon

Blue-winged Teal float on the clear lagoon water with the many trees reflected on its surface

Blue-winged Teal float on the clear lagoon water with the many trees reflected on its surface

Mayakoba will host “Wildlife Photo MasterClass Weekends” with world renowned National Geographic photographers, Steve Winter, Brian Skeery, and Tim Laman. Details will follow in the fall.

Wildlife Photo MasterClass Weekends with top National Geographic photographers resume this fall, 2014

Wildlife Photo MasterClass Weekends with top National Geographic photographers resume this fall, 2014

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