November 2, 2009

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The Peninsula de Zapata is a remote, sparsely populated area of Cuba with a varied landscape. This image is of the road leading into the reserve. Much of the region is a large low lying swampy area not suitable for human habitation called the Cienaga de Zapata; but, it is a great habitat for wildlife. It’s one of the largest reserves in Cuba and an important area for migrating birds. We saw egrets, flamingos, herons, spoonbills and dozens of smaller bird species.

This image is of one of the many smaller bird species at the reserve. The Cienega de Zapata, or the Zapata Swamp as it is affectionately known, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to approximately 150 different species of birds, including rare baldicoots, waterhens, parrots, and heron.











Flamingos gathering at sunset.









Crocodiles can also be found in the swamp. One part of the peninsula is a designated park, the Gran Parque Natural de Montemar, where visitors often go to view wildlife.

And of course you can never miss an amazing sunset!



Images: Kip EvansDeep Search Foundation
Sadie Waddington – Deep Search Foundation

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One Comment

  • Cuba was surprisingly wonderful it is a perfect place to go. I badly want to be there. When I was a kid I always asked my parent if they want to tag along when I go there and whenever they say yes I always shout in happiness I did a lot just to earned money. I have money now and my family was planning to be there before the half year ends. I want to see the beautiful places in Cuba with my own eyes, to see the crocodiles crawling in the swamp I can imagine myself running in the shore. I can\’t explain how happy I am.

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