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PHOTOS
OF

Dominican Republic
NATURE,
SCENERY and CULTURE 


photographs during the 
Focus On Nature Tour
in the Dominican Republic
in February 2012.


All of the photographs that follow were taken during that tour 
by tour participant, Marie Gardner -
- all rights reserved.



One of about 30 bird species
endemic to Hispaniola
is the HISPANIOLAN WOODPECKER. 


Links:

A Photo Gallery of some Dominican Republic Plant Life
Photos from our February 2012 tour, with some about a mile and a half above sea level

A Complete List of Caribbean Birds & a Photo Gallery, in 2 parts:
Part #1: Guineafowl to Hummingbirds
Part #2: Trogons to Buntings

Nature in the Dominican Republic including: Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles, Snails, Crabs, Butterflies & Moths. Dragonflies & Damselflies, and Others 

Upcoming FONT Birding & Nature Tours in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic  

FONT Past Tour Highlights 

Directory of Photos in this Website





Another photo of a Hispaniolan Woodpecker.
This bird is a female, with a face darker, 
and a bill slightly shorter than that of a male.

  

 

A Hispaniolan Lizard-Cuckoo,
another species endemic to the island.



The Palmchat is a species endemic to Hispaniola,
and a unique member of a bird family
that is endemic to the island.




Also endemic to Hispaniola is the Black-crowned Tanager,
also known as "Cuatro Ojos", or "Four Eyes",
as seen why in the photo below.



 



A hummingbird that is endemic to Hispaniola
is the Hispaniolan Emerald.
This bird is a female.

 

This hummingbird is a juvenile Antillean Mango.
The species would be endemic too Hispaniola
were it not for its occurring in southwestern Puerto Rico. 

 

The Rufous-collared Sparrow is a common bird 
in parts of Central & South America.
In the Dominican Republic, there is an endemic subspecies
only in the highlands in the central part of the country.
The subspecies: Zonotrichia capensis antillarum.

 



The Pine Warbler is a bird of North America
and the nearby Bahamas.
In the Dominican Republic, there is an isolated, 
endemic resident subspecies in the mountains, 
in forests with the endemic Hispaniolan Pine.
The subspecies: Setophaga pinus chrysoleuca,
described less than a hundred years ago in 1923.
  

The endemic Hispaniolan Parakeet 
is a threatened species.
Even when they are in a flock, these birds are often in pairs,
 

 



 Above a female and a male Village Weaver.
The species was introduced from Africa
into the Dominican Republic in the 1700s
 




The Snowy Plover in the Dominican Republic
is a threatened subspecies.

 



Rare is a single Caribbean Flamingo.
The bird is most often in flocks.




 The area along the south coast of the Dominican Republic
that was favored by the Snowy Plover and the Flamingo in the previous photos
was a place with salt ponds and flats.
The terns in the following photo were also in that area.





A Sandwich Tern with 3 Royal Terns



In a flat area in the interior of the Dominican Republic,
there were rice fields that were favored by egrets and other birds.  

 

The Yellow Treefrog,
endemic to Hispaniola,
is an endangered species.
This one was in the kitchen of where we stayed
in the central Dominican Republic.


     


 
A large number of lizards are endemic to Hispaniola.
This one, above & below, is the Maskless Curlytail.


  
 

Above & below here are two photos of the
 Dominican Giant Anole,
another one of the lizards endemic to Hispaniola.
In the lower photo, it can be seen how the lizard
can blend in with its surroundings. 




Above & below, a very small butterfly
in the Dominican Republic,
the Cassius Blue, Leptotes cassius

 




   
Another butterfly known as the Malachite



 And another known as the Julia, 
or in the West Indies as the Flambeau

 

The longwing butterfly called the Zebra




This American Painted Lady butterfly
was photographed in the high mountains
of the central Dominican Republic,
at an elevation of 8,000 feet above se level.



 
A dragonfly in an area of Dominican Republic ricefields,
the Schmidt's Skimmer, Orthemis schmidti.



In the following 3 photos, 
places where we stayed or ate
during our February 2012 tour
in the Dominican Republic.

 


In the restaurant below, along the north coast of the island,
we had some Italian pizza that was as good 
as Italian pizza can be anywhere.
The proprietor came there from Italy years ago and stayed.  
   




When we were in the Dominican Republic in February 2012,
it was the festive time of the Carnival.
Below are some photos of colorful masks that we saw
that would be part of the celebration.






 


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