A Bird in the Acklins Wetlands

Turtle Sound, Thompson Creek, and Atwood Creek are inland habitats for marine birds on Crooked Island, in addition to French Wells, the cliffs, and the 50-mile offshore barrier reef. Regular bird sightings include Flamingos, Caribbean Parrots, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Zenaida Doves, Thick-billed Vireos, Audubon’s Shearwater, Sooty Terns, Bridled Terns, Brown Noddy, Bananaquits, Hummingbirds, Mockingbirds, White-crown Pigeons, Ospreys, Egrets, Herons, plus Bahamian endemic bird species, the Bahama Woodstar and the Bahama Mockingbird. There are also 28 sub-species of endemic butterflies here. The ruins at Great Hope House and Marine Farm are now preserved as National Parks, providing a glimpse into the island's rich history. Acklins offers “Tarpon Hole,” a blue hole where tarpon fish breed, iguanas and other exotic wildlife, plus some lovely rare orchids. Nearby Samana Cay, surrounded by coral reefs, is a perfect site for snorkeling and kayaking to view the area’s marine species.