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  • #348157

    coelacanth
    Participant

    Cuban birds occasionally drift into my thoughts…

    The picture is further confused by the fact that there is a white form of the Great Blue Heron found in Cuba, this has a thicker bill than the Great White Egret which would fit better. However it is a larger bird than our own Grey Heron, so I think that one can be ruled out.

    I still think Cattle Egret based on proportions. Was it hunting in the grass when seen?

    #348158

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Yes it was, the clearing pictured is actually a small camp site in the middle of a patch of jungle, but not too far from agricultural land on one side. Definitely smaller than a heron.

    #348257

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Next morning we roused ourselves early. Plenty of bird life about over breakfast but didn’t manage to get good photos of most species. Here we have a red-legged thrush, Turdus plumbeus, and a silhouetted Greater Antillean Grackle, Quiscalus niger.

     

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    #348259

    Matt
    Keymaster

    We decided to return to the spot where we’d seen cichlids the day before and managed to collect a few fishes a little way upstream. First got some Girardinus microdactylus adults, then G. creolus.

     

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    #348258

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Random flora.

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    #348291

    oaken
    Participant

    Awesome Girardinus! So you still didn’t catch any cichlids then?

    #348297

    Matt
    Keymaster

    No, though not for lack of trying. Left my mini-seine net at the hotel in the excitement to leave.:x

    Our next stop was a small jungle stream where we found what I think might be Girardinus cubensis. Can anyone confirm???

    There was also a species of shrimp (also needs id) and I’m positive I spotted something goby-like scooting along the substrate at one point but never saw it again. A very nice place, this. No other people around plus free Girardinus foot spa!

     

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    #348300

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    That’s not a good color on you Matt. 🙂

     

    Thanks for the great pics!

    #348305

    oaken
    Participant

    I think Matt is just experimenting with new ways to catch fish 😀

    #348306

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Uhuh. You two clearly require fashion mentoring. ‘Sexual pink’ is all the rage over in Spain.:D

    Here’s a video taken at that last spot. If I’d known at this point I wouldn’t be bringing any Cubanichthys home (more on that failure shortly) I’d have definitely brought back some of these Girardinus. 😥 Beautiful colours on them.

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    #348307

    coelacanth
    Participant

    Check out all the shrimp! Cool as you-know-what. Any signs of where the livebearer fry hang out?

    #348309

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Yeah there were fry in the slower-moving parts of that shallow section you can see in the 7th image down. Adults and shrimp confined to the deeper pools. We spoke to a local chap a bit further down the road and he told us that at night you can catch foot-sized gambas in the river which they sometimes eat!

    #348311

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    @oaken said:
    I think Matt is just experimenting with new ways to catch fish 😀

    Pink IS the #1 color for salmon & steelhead here in the PNW! But I digress. (wine again)

     

    ‘Sexual pink’ is all the rage over in Spain.Laugh

    Details please. Pics if you’ve got ’em.

     

    OK…. back to the fish. That camera does well Matt. Crystal clear water! nice fish & shrimp:smile:

    #348334

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Pics can be arranged for a suitable amount of cash.:D Surprised you say that about the cam; it’s the same crappy Pentax I’ve been using for a few years. Small lens so only works ok in bright light and clear water.

    Here are the final few pics from our day-and-a-half in Pinar del Río. Only explored a fraction of the area and could easily have spent a week or more there, but pleased we found some fishes in the limited time available. The last spot was at lower altitude and had Gambusia punctata again, the same cichlids we’d seen before (do the pics help with id?), Girardinus microdactylus (or metallicus??), and Limia vittata. Females of the latter were huge!

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    #348336

    coelacanth
    Participant

    Those cichlids are definitely neotropical, so tetracanthus is the most obvious, even though they perhaps don’t quite look right.

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