Caption Contest – What people think animals are thinking

Sometimes a nature picture can be interpreted in a very funny way. On the Facebook page of Caribbean Footprint we started out introducing these pictures and asking for captions to illustrate what is happening. The results are perfect for a humorous part of the week. Captions by our readers: – “Hey, I am not dressed yet.” – “Gezellig hier!” (“This is a nice place to be!”) – “What’s that sound out there????” – “Dude would you hurry up I see […] Read more »

Caption Contest – What people think animals are thinking

Sometimes a nature picture can be interpreted in a very funny way. On the Facebook page of Caribbean Footprint we started out introducing these pictures and asking for captions to illustrate what is happening. The results are perfect for a humorous part of the week. Captions by our readers: – “But dear … please listen to me … I only took a tiny peek at that girl …. nothing happened … believe me … please talk to me ….” – […] Read more »

Caption contest – What people think animals are thinking

Sometimes a nature picture can be interpreted in a very funny way. On the facebook page of Caribbean Footprint we started out introducing these pictures and asking for captions to illustrate what is happening. The results are perfect for a humorous part of the week. Captions by our readers: Just hanging in there… OMG, I will never eat that special Grass again !!! Pffft… what day did you say it was…Wednesday again…. nah no way I’m coming out of this […] Read more »

Cuban Tree Frog in action

This picture, mailed to us a while ago by Pieter de Kort, shows quite clearly why we rang the emergency bell regarding the Cuban Tree Frog (see this article). What hangs out of the beast’s mouth are the remains of a gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia). This specific species of gecko is exotic to Curacao, like the tree frog itself, so you could say: good riddance. But if the frog is indulging in the imported geckos, then the already less common local […] Read more »

The Yellow Crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Photo by: Denis Muys Sometimes when you are walking around in certain natural areas you might find an unexpected surprise, just like the surprise Denis Muys encountered when visiting the area of Boka Tabla on the rugged north shore of the island of Curacao. Perfectly camouflaged in its surroundings this juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron was taking a much needed nap after what was presumably an eventful night of finding food. Although these animals tend to stay in the neighborhood […] Read more »

Brown Booby

These beautiful and intriguing birds were photographed by François van de Hoeven, during one of his many kayak expeditions together with other members of the kayaking-club ‘t Peddeltje. Most Booby species wander far from coastal areas, hence are true seabirds like Albatrosses, but the Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) seems to be a little more land-bound, rarely traveling more than 25 kilometers from land. These relative big birds, with wingspans of about 145 centimeters, might have been partly responsible for the […] Read more »

Now look what we have here: a Southern Lapwing!

We received a picture from Denis Muys depicting a very special visitor from South America. Only one earlier observation of the Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) had been officially recorded, so this sighting is quite extraordinary. Even more remarkably, Mr. Muys reports two juveniles, so the species nested successfully on Curaçao.     Recently we were also lucky to encounter one of them at the water hole at Malpais. My first impression was: now what, a kievit (Lapwing)?!, not realizing that […] Read more »

Graceful Flycatcher

Photo: André van den Dool The Fork-tailed flycatcher or Pímpiri rab’i souchi (Tyrannus savana) is regularly seen on Curaçao during the periods that these animals are visiting the Island from North or South America. These birds, with their distinctive forked tail, often perch on street lights or power cables from which the animals can see whether adequate prey is nearby. If prey is spotted, usually an insect, they’ll take off with high speed, catch the prey in mid air, and […] Read more »

Reader input – unusual meal

Picture by: Jeroen Voolstra @ Curacao We often receive tremendous pictures from readers of our blog, fans of the Facebook page or people who are reading the articles about nature, published in local newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad. The pictures often depict an animal, plant, location or nature moment which is unique and tells an entire story. This is such a picture, made in the back of the garden of Jeroen Voolstra on Curacao. The bird you see is the Green Heron, […] Read more »