I was really pressed for time and almost didn't make it to this area but was glad I did. It was the first time I was travelling solo in Colombia (with little to no Spanish ability), and while I only got to bird for about 24 hours, it was well worth it. My only regret is not being able to spend one more day here.
Day 2: Birded the morning before it got too hot, hired a homemade sailboat to take me out in the lagoons to see the flamingos and waders. Bus back to Santa Marta.
From Jurgen Beckers & Pablo Florez Birdwatching in Colombia book, here is the list of specialties:
(Red indicates I didn't see it)
Chestnut Piculet (above and below)
White-whiskered Spinetail (also seen around Cartagena)
Slender-billed Tyrannulet (I think - has a dark eye). I used it's voice to help distinguish it from the similar Pale-tipped Tyrannulet (pale eye). This photo won't sing for me.
Flamingos and herons in the next post...