Lesser Antillean Bullfinch

November 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch was one of the most common residents of the hotel gardens on St. Lucia, and they clearly know a good thing when they see it! Free and easy food! Along with the Grackles they were an omnipresent feature of all meals, seeing what crumbs they could scavenge, and I have to say they are absolutely delightful. Our room was a tree height with a lovely roof terrace, and a pair of these birds visited us regularly to see what was on offer. Upon arrival we were given some plantain chips, and those that I didn't scoff were eagerly consumed by these birds over the following few days. They were completely fearless, perching on the arms of chairs we were sitting in, on the table we were eating from, and even landing on my beer a few times. Because they were so accustomed to human presence, they rarely seemed to perch on anything that might be described as natural, so instead I enjoyed myself trying to capture their extremely cheeky nature, composition be damned!


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