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“Hard to find”

Bubali Bird Sanctuary
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Owner description: Birdwatchers will enjoy Bubali Pond, a sanctuary for pelicans, black cormorants, sandpipers and wood storks as they fish, bathe and play in this scenic waterscape.
Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

Entrance is across from windmill. One tower for viewing. Interesting birds, but no books for sale on local birds. Wear mosquito repellant in late afternoon. Hope Aruba puts a little money into developing paths. Lovely wetlands, but saw most birds at the sewage pond.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Made this the first stop of the day but still only made it there for 10 A.M in our rental car. Even at that time, saw a bunch of birds within 2 minutes of pulling in. A great egret holding something in its mouth in a wet spot beside the road, two of the endemic parakeets squawking in the tree right over our car (!!!), a small heron and dozens of cattle egrets and gallinules (including chicks) foraging in the wetlands that we could see from the observation tower. Add to that at least four different types of lizards skittering away as we walked around and it made for a quick high intensity wildlife spotting stop. The windmill that you turn at also makes for a nice photo as you’re driving back out of the sanctuary. Oh, and even knowing we were supposed to turn at the windmill, we questioned whether the skinny little dirt track was actually where we were supposed to turn. Trust me, it is.

Don’t think of this as a long stop where you're going to see dozens of species. But it's a quick, rewarding 20 minute addition as you leave the Palm Beach area for a tour around the island.

1  Thank Haber
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

There aren't a heck of a lot of places to bird on Aruba but I had found this place on line and we decided to try to find it on our way to the Butterfly Farm - they are very close to one another. As other reviewers have noted, this isn't the easiest place to find. I had a pretty decent map and just happened to see the viewing platform as we drove by on the highway. So we searched for an entry point and found a dirt road that took us straight to the platform. Maybe we were just lucky but as we got out of the car we saw several birds, including a few lifers, within the first 10 feet of walking. There were some really interesting, colorful lizards as well. We were with another couple who aren't birders but they were even fascinated with how close we could get to the birds without them spooking. Got some great photos so it was definitely a worthwhile quick stop on our island tour.

Thank ljtraveler_11
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This bird sanctuary is very hard to find! It is just an area of wetlands where birds like to congregate. Nothing really here and not many birds. I am not sure if there is even a sign!

1  Thank Tom C
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The sanctuary area is made up mostly of wetlands, trees, and an observation tower. The tower is covered in graffiti and there was an old, nasty rattan sofa there (the matching chairs and cushions had been heaved over the side into the trees below). The tower is the best place to observe the birds, but the authorities should spend a little money on this area to clean it up and make it more attractive for visitors. We saw maybe five types of birds including the little yellow warbler. There are no signs to help you identify what types of birds you are viewing nor is there any information about how the "sanctuary" was built.

2  Thank imcatgirl71
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