Curacao Critters
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Jeff Maass

Updated: 19 May 2012

The following are photos taken in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles during 2007 through 2009.

As many of the critters pictured are birds, a good bird book is of value. Not being a dedicated birder (I mostly just enjoy the photography), I don't own a comprehensive bird book covering the Caribbean and South America. What I have are specific to the Netherlands Antilles "ABC islands": Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

The first book  is "De Vogels van de Nederlandse Antillen" by Dr. K. H. Voous. This book is long out of print (my edition was published in March 1955), and includes just a few black-and-white photos. The text is in Dutch and English.

There is a Second Edition of Dr. K. H. Voous' book, "Birds of the Netherlands Antilles", published in 1983. This is an English-language version, with expanded coverage of species and better photos. I purchased my copy by searching on Amazon.com which found several copies at used book sellers, where it is priced (at present) between USD $75 and $120!

The third book, which I used to identify most of the birds I saw/photographed, is "Our Birds" by Dr. Bart A. De Boer. This book was written to help educate the people of the ABC islands of their birds, includes color photos of the common birds of the Netherland Antilles, and is available at Amazon.com and other book sources. The description of each bird is written in Papiamentu, Dutch, and English.

In March 2012, a new book was published by two publishers, Princeton University Press and Christopher Helm (London). This is the same 176 page book with two different covers, and both are excellent modern bird guides, with color illustrations. The authors are Bart A De Boer, Eric Newton, and Robin Restall. These are available from various sources, with the Helm version currently available for approximately $32, and the Princeton version available for $55. I have no idea why the prices have jumped in a so very short time: I ordered my copy of the Princeton version on Amazon.comfor under $20 in February 2012!

These books are pictured below.
     

These photos were mostly taken with a Nikon D80 Digital SLR with the Nikkor 70-300 VR zoom lens. Recently, I have upgraded my equipment, and the newer photos will be taken with a Nikon D300 digital SLR and a Nikon 200-400mm f4 zoom. Click on any of these thumbnails to see a slideshow of other photos of that type of critter.

CONCORD TOWNSHIP LOCAL CRITTERS:
For my web page showing birds and other critters around my home in Concord Township, Delaware County, Ohio, see my "Concord Critters" web page.



Groove-billed Ani
Black-faced Grassquit
Caribbean Parakeets
Barn Swallow
Bananaquit
Yellow Warbler
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Tropical Mockingbird
Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird
Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (Female)
Troupial
Saffron Finch
Bare-eyed Pigeon
Common Ground Dove
White-tipped Dove
Crested Bobwhite
Brown Boobie
Brown Pelican
Caribbean Flamingo
Magnificent Frigatebird
White-tailed Hawk
Caracara
Osprey
Tricolored Heron
Royal Tern
Bloblo Lizard
Green Iguana
Crab
Dolphins
Flying Fish
  Cats

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