Wednesday, May 2, 2012

El Nido

'El Nido' (The Nest) is a fantastic aviary about 30 kilometers northeast of Mexico City. It is a huge oasis in the middle of an arid and not very attractive area in the town of Ixtapaluca, in the neighboring State of Mexico. Once you are in the bird reserve you are virtually transported to varied natural and man-made habitats and the guided tour within the sanctuary can range between three to four hours. 
It was founded by the late veterinarian and ornithologist Jesus Estudillo Lopez who dedicated his life to protect and reproduce endangered animals, especially birds, in captivity.
In this beautiful sanctuary, now directed by Doctor Estudillo's son (Jesus Estudillo Guerra), we can observe more than 300 different bird species, the majority endangered. Plus, there is a large area with big habitat-like-cages that harbor four Siberian tigers and four Jaguars (rescued by police and environmental authorities). 
It was not easy to take pictures because some of the areas are restricted, fortunately. 
It is rather a place to see birds and nature, to contemplate and experience the beauty of it all, practically in silence. I was most impressed with the habitat made for a pair of Quetzal birds, as well as those made for the threatened Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), Harpy Eagles (Harpia harpyja), the hummingbirds...a must for ardent bird lovers.

At this moment El Nido has a livestream nestcam placed in the Harpy Eagle aviary that anyone can see: 

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The hummingbird sanctuary also has three or more songbird species living together

Indigo Bunting? (Cyanocompsa parellina)

Hummingbird above its nest
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