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Bird Watching

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Bird Watching


I will be visiting Roatan for the first time next week, and I would like to do some birdwatching. Does anybody have any tips? Are there any bird-focused tours currently operating?

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I don't know of any bird-watching tours on Roatan, but I'll keep checking this link for info if anyone knows : ) We did tour the Butterfly Gardens last year, and they have a number of birds and are very knowledgeable about them. I enjoyed the tour a lot, and it helped me recognize other birds I saw on the island. If I remember, several of the birds were free to come and go, although some were rescue birds and couldn't fly. The employees and caretakers seemed to have a great deal of love and care for their birds and were extremely careful with the butterflies, as well.

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Visit with Irma Brady at Carambola Botanical Gardens. She wrote a book on Roatan Birds.


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is carambola gardens also the butterfly gardens ?? or is there 2 different places to visit ?? just going by road side signage it almost seemed to be representing a butterfly place beside a gas station in flowers bay ??!!

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two different places...

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Carambola Gardens are just across from Anthony's Key Resort in Sandy Bay, and the Butterfly Garden is near/behind Woody's gas station in West End.

I highly recommend Carambola, but I have never been to the Butterfly Garden.

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I was really hoping there would be a "bird guy" or "bird gal" who is in the tour guide business but has a passion for the birds.

We had a guide in Monteverde, Costa Rica, who showed us we'd been missing literally hundreds of birds because we didn't know how and where to look. When we asked about seeing a sloth he said "you mean, like that one up there?" and pointed.

If there isn't such a person, somebody should train themselves - there's demand among the tourists and cruise ship folks...

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Idiots, I completely agree with you. And I had same experiences in Monteverde-but with a monkey instead of a sloth. Having a guide makes ALL of the difference in the world when it comes to viewing wildlife. I consider myself a bit of a 'bird-nerd', but I never would've spotted all of the birds our guide pointed out, or knew their names.

I didn't see as many birds as I expected in Roatan, but was still pretty tickled to see the ones I did see. While in the mangroves I asked our captain if he knew the name of a bird we were passing by, he said 'yes, it's a duck'-it was some type of heron :(

I'd love to be able to hire a guide for wildlife/birdwatching in Roatan. It seems like it would be profitable for someone.

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