Birding in Aruba; expect the unexpected
Because of a “sun, sea and entertainment” approach in marketing, Aruba is not known for birding. Only few people know that this little island has about 270 different species registered, which is an amazing variety for an island with a surface area of only 70sqm (180km2). Due to Aruba’s geographic location, migratory birds visit Aruba during both cycles. In addition, Aruba is a mere 15 miles (24 km) from the coast of Venezuela. Therefore sightings of migrants and shoot-overs from the Latin continent are not uncommon.
Nature, Birding and Photography tours
During the past few years I hosted many private nature tours. Due to my personal affection for birds and nature photography -in addition to knowledge of the island- I got specialized as a guide for bird watching and wild bird photography tours. My tours offer participants the opportunities to enjoy the wonders of Aruba’s nature under expert guidance. As important, my service’s philosophy is to raise public perception of the value of Aruba’s natural environments and to help preserve them for future generations.
For many reasons I only provide private tours and no more than 5 people, so both nature and my clients get a front-row seat.
Because of my (small) private groups, the pace of the tour is “how you like it.” We can do intensive birding, keep a relaxed pace, or even a little of both. Each of my tours is tailored to the wishes of the participants. And even though the focus is birding, I never ignore the cultural, scenic and other features of Aruba.
Tell me what you want, and I’ll do my best to put together a tour to fit your needs.
What to bring/wear
My birding trips are relatively short, up to 5 hours on average when started around sunrise. It wouldn’t surprise you that after 1 PM it can get really hot, both for us and the birds. When you arrive by cruise, we are bound to their schedule, and we might need to start on a time that’s not the best for birding. In this case we can hopefully end around sunset, which time there is an increase in activity again.
Remember to bring your binoculars, telescope and/or camera ... depending on the outing you desire.
Some suggestions what to bring/wear:
A bottle of water; to avoid getting dehydrated.
A hat; offers some protection from the tropical sun.
UV blocking sun glasses; shades that block off some of those rays and make it much easier to look up into a bright sky or out over oceanic waters.
Quick dry, lightweight clothes; it is always warm on Aruba. I bird always in shorts and mostly on flip-flops, although I do recommend some better footwear. We will not hike extensively, still most vegetation on Aruba has thorns and those hurt!
Bug repellent: Biting insects aren’t too much of a problem on Aruba but it’s always good to be prepared. Especially near the mangroves mosquitos can be aggressive at certain time. A natural and organic bug spray would have my preference.
Sunblock; it is recommended to use sunscreen with a high SPF of 30 or more and one that protects from UVA and UVB radiation. If you plan to swim during your stay on Aruba, please use a ‘reef safe” lotion, without oxybenzone.
For inquiries, quotations, bookings or more information
Tel : +297-6992075 (also WhatApp)
Email : BirdwatchingAruba@gmail.com