Rio Lagartos is best place for birdwatching and birding tours on the Yucatan Penisula.
If you are looking for a one-stop location to see as many birds as possible while visiting the Yucatan Peninsula, the Ría Lagartos Reserve tops the list with 394 birds -70% of all the birds reported for the region.
The reason is simple: diverse habitats that include the sea, coastal dune, scrub, an extensive estuary, salt flats, fresh water wetlands, as well as both dry and humid forest.
On top of that, you have some of the best local bird guides in the region that know just where to find the birds on your “wish list”.
Barbara MacKinnon 11/1/2012
The bird lists on the website were complied by Barbara MacKinnon
Egrets on their nest near Rio Lagartos in the spring.
Flamingos are in Rio Lagartos all year long, with
majority of the Yucatan's flock of 40,000 here for mating and nesting starting in April.
Large quantities are here throughout the summer.
In the fall and winter the flock disperses along the coast for feeding opportunities, seldom with large concentrations in any one place. The feeding opportunities here insure that we always have flamingos but not enough to support the entire Yucatan flock for the whole year. There are areas along the coast where they disappear completely at times.
MORE FLAMINGO INFORMATION & PHOTOS
Birding by boat in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve.
Our launches are a safe and easy way to reach places otherwise impossible. They are stable and have a shallow draft to reach deep into the mangroves.
You can bring extra clothing, a lunch(we will prepare it)bird books and camera gear without effort.
Birding by boat makes it possible for people with physical challenges have some great birding.
For photos and a list of the birds commonly seen on boat trips.
see Boat birding
Birding on Land
These Storks and Roseate Spoonbills were found at a fresh water wetland near Rio Lagartos during the nesting season. The fresh water wetland is only one of the many habitats that make birding so remarkable here.