Pinnated Bittern

If you are into marshes and birds, we have some interesting places to visit. One of my favorite sites is La Segua which is about 45 minutes away from Isla Corazon. These two sites can be visited from the beach town of Bahia de Caraquez which is a great place to visit.

Unfortunately this place has been under lots of pressure from farmers who demand the fresh water for farming. These are world-wide problems that will only get worse as our human numbers grow way beyond the resources available. This site is in the RAMSAR list but this may someday mean nothing when you have hungry and angry farmers demanding water.  For now you can still enjoy this site which is located on the main road between the towns of Chone and San Vincente.

If you are searching for the rare Pinnated Bittern then head for La Segua Marsh and look very carefully. I have seen them in this marsh many times but they are hard to find. They move very slowly and blend very well with their surroundings.

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Written by Renato
Renato was born in Quito, Ecuador and quickly flew to the USA to learn all about engineering and climbing company ladders. After getting his engineering degree from the University of Minnesota he worked in the Standard-American-Rat-Race-Company for fifteen years. After climbing the ladder to where he could no longer see the ground, he decided to jump off the ladder and migrate south like all normal birds do. To his surprise home did not look like it did when he left as a young fledgling; the towns were bigger, most of his friends had nests of their own, and the countryside was changed. Shocked by all the change he searched for a new life and a new wife. He stumbled across a vivacious young chick who would accompany him inside a volcanic crater to set up a love nest. So, after eight years of nesting inside the crater a new love for nature and birds has sprung a career in environmental conservation and birding tours. Finally this bird has come home to roost!