One peaceful morning near the city of Leon, Nicaragua, we bird watched by boat in the Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado. I didn't want to put down my camera or leave the beach. There were too many wiggly reflections, bobbing boats and wandering pigs to capture...
I love seeing things like this in Central America. It's no joke. There are usually more cows, horses and pigs on a beautiful beach than people.
Eventually, we slowly headed out into the mangrove. It really was a peaceful, fun ride. All of the usual avian suspects were there. We saw mangrove swallows, sizzor tails, herons, egrets and a boat- billed heron. The guide even pointed out a dove nest with an ugly little baby.
There were rustic dug out canoes laden with locals and wood floating by.
We also stopped at a turtle hatchery. It wasn't the right time to experience hatching turtles or do a release, but it was still interesting. I'm glad that instead of a soup pot, now, many of the little critters are making it out to sea. With a little help.
Sacks full of future turtles.
Afterwards, I snapped a few more photos as I wandered through the shallows.
And after that, burgers at the Lazy Turtle on Las Penitas beach. Yum!
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