Birding in Bermuda

Like everyone, when i think of Bermuda, i think of the Bermuda Triangle- with so many missing vessels, I wondered if I would too be missing. A mysterious island cast away in the Atlantic Ocean has a lot to offer. Though the island is not too big itself, there are a good number of conservationists and birders as its a really good place to bird. The island itself is prone to hurricanes…Bermuda embraces on average 4-8 per year, hence a continual effort made to restore habitats destroyed by hurricanes.

I was lucky to be able to land on Nonsuch island and shown how White-tailed Tropicbird and the critically endangered Bermuda’s Petrel nest. along with seeing the different types of spiders, flora and fauna.. I understand that to be a naturalist, you really need to have a good knowledge of everything!

I was also lucky to meet the birdman of Bermuda- Dr David Wingate who rediscovered black-capped petrel and spent lifelong efforts bringing back Bermuda Petrel from extinction. He showed us around Spittal Pond, one of many sites he restored. At 81, he walked faster than me, and I had a hard time catching up. 

David Windgate and Me

Birdman of Bermuda- David Wingate


And of course, besides birdwatching in Bermuda, its a spectacular place to dive! A deep passion of mine and though I admire and am inspired by avid birdwatchers, their knowledge of birds and their habitat.. i think if I put them diving suits, and take them down under, they are probably clueless! 😛

The invasion of Lionfish constantly poses a major threat to Bermuda’s marine ecosystem- with a huge appetite (30 times their stomach volume)  and fast reproduction – 1 year as compared to native fish, 3-5 years. Anyone interested in helping to cull lionfish or support the Bermuda Marine ecosystem can read more info here.

I am glad I have not just one passion but more, for which I can look at myself and say “You’re doing not too bad yourself”.

Below are some birds seen, of course I do find the white-tailed tropicbird very elegant.


The elegant white-tailed tropicbird

semi-pal sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper at Spittal Pond

white rumped sandpiper

white-rumped sandpiper at Spittal Pond

white-eyed vireo

White-eyed Vireo! Common but hard to see them in full view~


Weird name for a bird- Catbird

wilson pharalope2

The largest of all phalaropes- Wilson’s phalarope


European Goldfinch

blue heron

Blue heron!

great kriskade

great kiskadee- very common in Bermuda



Last but not least- Bermuda’s Petrel. Here’s more info about the ongoing recovery project! Click here


Cahow also known as Bermuda Petrel. This one is a juvi.





Sharp island, Sai Kung

There were more than 50 bird photographers at the Sai Kung pier today.. Intrigued by what they were after, I was very soon “informed” that they were waiting for the White- bellied Sea Eagle. I remembered when I was a newbie in birding years ago, Sai Kung was the place to go! At dusk, black kites would fish around the pier for thrown away fish scraps by fishermen. There’s also a pair of white-bellied sea eagles residing on the islands near the pier too! Recently, there was a Frigate bird spotted at the pier that caused a stir.

But I  don’t have my gear or bins with me this time! So…what was I doing at Sai Kung pier then? 😛 During summer when there is nothing flapping around in the air, I would visit the ones flapping down under.. Yes, flapping fins! 😛 At the pier, we boarded the diving boat and headed off to Sharp Island.  Despite HK waters has poor visibility, the variety of sea critters can be surprisingly overwhelming on a gd day!

Here’s a short video of what I saw on my latest dive (taken by my GoPro cam).

night dive at Sharp Island, HK

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust.

Nature comes in all forms, really dun have to travel far to discover them!